1954 Volkswagen Beetle Overview

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1954 Volkswagen Beetle Overview

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The big news for the 1954 Volkswagen Beetle was a new engine, which was bumped up to 1.2 liters (1192 cubic centimeters) and a whopping 32 hp (up from 25 hp for previous models). Like in all Beetles, the air-cooled engine was mounted in the rear, so that its weight provided traction to the rear wheels. Also new for 1954, a dashboard-located push-button starter was replaced by an ignition switch and key.

According to the manufacturer's literature for the '54 Beetle, the vehicle was offered as both a Standard Sedan and a De Luxe Sedan. Design elements of the standard model included a built-in heater and vent wings in the front windows that pivoted to allow drivers and passengers to control fresh air ventilation.

Both models were designed for "tireless long-distance driving," with "finger-tip steering" and a "fast little engine" that got 32 miles per gallon, according to the automaker. The De Luxe Sedan added chrome plating, "richer" upholstery, and hydraulic brakes. The literature also noted that by the early 1950s, the VW Beetle was being sold in "100 different countries scattered all over the world."

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Antenna

Hi, On a 1954 volkswagen I have 2 question, 1. Does a '54 for volkswagen had a radio antenna and if so was it on the passenger's or driver's side and what kind of antenna was it. 2. Did a '54 volkswag...

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Little Light Bulb

Hi, I saw this little light bulb in the front head light beams. The little light bulb is at the bottom of the head light beam inside the light. Why is the little bulb there, whats its purpose, This li...

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Feul

Hi, I thought I had send this question with no reply. I would like to know exactly what type of gasoline to use in a 1954 volkswagen. regular, unleaded or super unleaded. Also for a 1974 super beetl...

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Seat Belts

Did the 1954 volkswagen sedan deluxe had front seat belts and did the rear seat have seat belts. thanks. champ

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Automotive Paint Color

Hi, I need to know if someone can help me here for a beetle car color. I need to know about a paint supplier about this automobile color. L352 Cognac Metalic, I'm having a very hard time tracking it ...

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