1963 Volkswagen Beetle Overview

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1963 Volkswagen Beetle Overview

If you looked at the exterior of the 1963 Volkswagen Beetle, you'd probably think it looked just like every other Beetle that had been produced for the past 10 years or so, and that not much had changed -- and essentially you'd be right. Volkswagen made only a few minor updates to the '63 Bug, and most of those were not visible to the untrained eye.

For example, the fan housing for the engine was redesigned, as were the muffler and heat exchanger. The optional sunroof got a folding handle, and the heating system was upgraded. New floor mats and window guides were also part of the '63 Beetle package.

But the truth is, the Beetle was selling well in the early 1960s, so why would VW want to mess with a good thing? The basic Beetle came with a 40-horsepower, four-cylinder, 1200cc (1.2-liter) aluminum-magnesium engine, as well as a four-speed transmission, independent front suspension and telescopic shock absorbers.

Other standard features included sun visors, coat hooks, assist straps, an automatic windshield washer, an overhead light, and luggage space under the front hood and in a three-foot carpeted compartment behind the rear seat. Plus, the Beetle was a distinctive vehicle that was fun to drive, economical to operate, and easy to maintain. And how could you possible improve upon that?

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Jerry Burns
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Oil Capacity

How many quarts of oil does a 1963 VW nettle (1200cc engine) hold?

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zzspice
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How Many Numbers Does The Vin # Have For This Year.

I looked under the seat and there are 7 numbers that appear, is this correct? Dept of Motor Vehicles says there are nine. my repair guy also has 7 written on the repair bill.

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jenna
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What To Sell 1963 For

i have a '63 soft-top sunroof bug that i want to sell but don't know what to ask? it does not run garage kept for 5years. fuel is no good and battery needs replacing. tires questionable...what shoul...

313 views with 4 answers (last answer about a year ago)
Becky Smith-Oliver
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Vin Number 4997731 Trying To Find Information .. But I Can't Look Up The Vi...

Son just purchased a 63 Bug with vin number 4997731 trying to look up more info on it but every place I go says I'm missing some numbers

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Shane Pogson
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Hi I'm Looking At Buying And Restoring A 53/63 Bug And Would Like Some Info...

Color : It don't really matter what the paint is and what the condition is

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