Technical data -
Super Beetle Saloon 1302
(badged 1302 L with
'Luxury' package)
, 1302 S (badged 1302 LS with 'Luxury'
package)
, 1302 L Convertible and 1302 LS
Convertible.
Also badged 'Volkswagen' (US and Canada) and
Volkswagen S (Australia
)
Model types 111, 112, (113 Export), 151, 152

Information taken from 8.70 US and 8.71 European Owner's Manuals.

If you need confirmation of the exact build date of your vehicle
write, including the full chassis number, to: Customer Assistance,
Volkswagen AG, Postfach 3180, Wolfsburg 1, Germany.

[ Production begins 8.70 ]

Engine and transmission

1302 - 77mm bore x 69mm stroke, 1285cc
Compression ratio 7.5:1
Solex 30 PICT-3 to 6.71 then 31 PICT-1
44bhp (DIN) at 4100 rpm
Final drive ratio 4.375:1

1302 S/LS - 85.5mm bore x 69mm stroke, 1584cc
Compression ratio 7.5:1
Solex 30 PICT-3 to 6.71 then 34 PICT-3
50bhp (DIN) at 4000rpm
60bhp (DIN) at 4400rpm - US 12.70
Final drive ratio 4.125:1

Suspension and brakes

Independent:
Front - transverse link axle, coil spring
and MacPherson strut with dual circuit
discs on S/LS (drums US), drums on 1302

1302 MacPherson strut front suspension | 8.70

The new front suspension system.
Elements of the suspension - both front and rear - were
also utilized in the 1976
Porsche 924.

[ Some '71, and to a lesser extent '72, models were
manufactured with torsion bar/ball joint front suspension
for the North American and South African markets. ]

And with a sports car chassis. | 8.70

Rear - semi-trailing arm with double-jointed
drive shafts and drums

Wheels and tires

4x15 rims (part no. 141 601 025) with 5.60 x 15
up to 112 2490 158 (2.72)
then 5x15 (part no. 111 601 025F) with 6.00 x 15
up to 112 2961 362 (7.72)

Dimensions and weights

Wheelbase - 7' 11.75" | 2420mm
Front track - 4' 6.25" | 1379mm
Rear track - 4' 5.25" | 1350mm
Length - 13' 4.5" | 4080mm
Width - 5' 2.5" | 1585mm
Height - 4' 11.75" | 1500mm
Unladen weight - 1918lbs | 870kg
Convertible - 2028lbs | 920kg

Front luggage capacity | 8.70

Front luggage capacity - 260 litres (from 140)

Ventilation | 8.70

Rear ventilation slots 1971 models, 3 each side for 1972

Fuel tank capacity

42 liters | 11 US gallons

Fuel rating (all models)

91 Octane (Res. F1)

Fuel consumption

1302 - 8.5 liters/100 km | 33.2 m/Imp. gallon at 60 m/h
Automatic - 9 liters/100 km | 31.4 m/Imp. gallon at 60 m/h

1302 S/LS - 9 liters/100 km | 31.4 m/Imp. gallon at 60 m/h
26.1 m/US gallon at 50 m/h - US 12.70
Automatic - 9.5 liters/100 km | 30 m/Imp. gallon at 60 m/h
24.7 m/US gallon at 50 m/h - US 12.70

Performance

1302 - max - 125 km/h (78 m/h) | 0-50 m/h - 14s
Automatic - max - 120 km/h (75 m/h) | 0-50 m/h - 16.5s

1302 S/LS - max - 130 km/h (81 m/h) | 0-50 m/h - 12.5s
Automatic - max - 125 km/h (78 m/h) | 0-50 m/h - 14.5s
0-62m/h - approx. 23s - US 12.70

Spark plugs

Bosch W 145 T1, Beru 145/14,
Champion L88 (L88A from 1.3.71)

Seat belts

3 (6) points to front, 3 (6) points in rear


Body/chassis revisions

Brake discs enlarged by 5.5mm - 6.71
Engine lid contour modified and vents increased
from 10 to 26, rear window size enlarged at
top by 4cm, new hood and cover for
Convertible, catalytic converter added for
export models to California - 8.71

VW Diagnosis maintenance test socket
to engine compartment - 6.71

US specification front indicator

Enlarged US front turn signal incorporating parking light and reflector

US tail-light assembly - .71

US tail-light assembly with back-up light and side reflector

All US models - buzzer/ignition key warning,
red side reflectors to rear tail light assembly,
side marker lights and reflectors incorporated
in enlarged turn signal/parking lights.
Back-up lights made standard - 8.71

Hella reflector

1970 on export models to US incorporated a Hella made reflector
(VW part no. 113 945 103A) bolted on to the bumper bracket.

Information and picture supplied courtesy Rodrigo Kurmen.

Interior revisions

Safety steering wheel and wiper/washer lever | 8.71

Safety steering wheel, steering
column wiper/washer lever - 8.71
Sedans only - rear interior ventilation
slots increased from 2 to 3 with flaps,
rear luggage space cover added - 8.71

Factory options

1200 34bhp engine and front discs
- (1302 only)
Semi-automatic transmission
5.5x15 Sports wheels (part no. 111 601 025J)
with 34mm back spacing (5.72)
Metallic paint
Sliding steel roof
Heated rear window

Eberspächer fuel-electric heater location

Eberspächer location

Eberspächer BN-4 fuel-electric (auxiliary) heater
Tonneau cover (Convertible)
Padded dashboard cover
High-back (bucket) seats
Non-dazzle interior rear view mirror
Wiper delay switch and intermittent
wash-wipe device - 8.71

'L' package (standard on Convertible) -
back-up lights, rubber inserts in bumpers,
padded dashboard cover, door pocket,
two-speed fan powered ventilation,
dual circuit brake warning
light (as part of fan switch assembly),
lockable glove compartment lid,
make up mirror in passenger's sun visor,
non-dazzle interior rear view mirror,
two ashtrays in rear

 

VW Automobile Radios (Blaupunkt) -
Emden, Wolfsburg, Hannover or
Ingolstadt - Europe
Motorola
Sapphire (AM-FM) - US

US dealership accessories-

Air Conditioners
Luggage Rack
Whitewall Tires
Radial Tires
Rear Speaker
Solid Walnut Shift Knob
Sport Steering Wheel
Bumper Overriders
Sports Wheel Covers
Simulated Walnut Dashboard Kit
Stripe Kit
Trailer Hitches
Cocoa Fiber Floor Mats - 8.70

'Formula Vee' package - since .70 models

Bosch driving lamps for
Baja Champion SE - .72

'Baja Beetle' accessory package - .72


Mystery camper accessory


Special edition models

Europe - Jubilee Beetle - 8.71
Marathon Beetle - 2.72
US -
Baja Champion SE - 5.72

1302 Beetle number 14,000,000

71 - Wolfsburg's Direktor Hoehne presents Beetle number 14,000,000, a 1302 S,
to Ivan Hirst (first post-war manager at Wolfsburg) - accepting for Volkswagen UK

World Champion 1302 S

17.2.72 - Beetle number 15,007,034, a 1302 S, becomes a
'World Champion' and leaves the Wolfsburg assembly line to break the
world production record previously held by the Model T Ford.
Note 'Marathon' sports wheels ( see
Special Editions ).
Car now in Stiftung AutoMuseum Volkswagen collection, Wolfsburg.

Strut assembly 71-74 models

The basic 1302 front strut assembly design continued on into the '73
1303 models until 1974 when the steering knuckle and its mounting was revised.
Rack and pinion steering was introduced for the 1975 models.

Illustration courtesy Super Beetles Only!


[ 1302 production ends 7.72 - replaced with 1303 model 8.72 ]


1303 - New Beetle

[ 1303 production ends 7.75 - 1303 Convertible production continues until 1.80 ]

[ 1303 replaced with 'New Beetle' 3.98 ]

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