1957 Volkswagen Beetle Overview

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1957 Volkswagen Beetle Overview

You'd have to look hard to find any real updates to the 1957 Volkswagen Beetle, when compared to the previous year's model. The sunroof was a little smaller and the ratio in the rack-and-pinion steering changed. A few other changes were just as minor.

The Beetle came with a four-cylinder, four-stroke air-cooled engine that generated 36 horsepower. It was mounted in the rear, so that its weight provided traction to the rear wheels. The Beetle's transmission had four forward speeds and one reverse speed (very handy if you wanted to back up), and featured synchromesh shifting on the second, third, and fourth gears. Independent front suspension and telescopic shock absorbers were also part of the Beetle package.

Features of the car, which were noted in VW's brochure for the '57 Beetle, included vent wings in the front windows, which could be pivoted to provide fresh air to the cabin, and a built-in heater (very handy if you wanted to stay warm in the winter).

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