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1972 Volkswagen Beetle Overview

Volkswagen made a few minor improvements to its popular Beetle (over 15 million sold!) for 1972. The smog control system was upgraded, for instance, and a new steering column with a collapsible safety feature was added.

But the biggest news was the introduction of the limited-edition Baja Bug, which came with a dealer-installed package that included walnut dash trim, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, exterior side stripes, Bosch halogen driving lights, alloy wheels, and special exhaust pipes. The Super Beetle was also available for 1972.

The standard Beetle came with the 1600 four-cylinder, air-cooled engine that generated 60 horsepower, as well as a dual braking system, four-wheel independent suspension, and a flow-through ventilation system. In addition, standard features included seat belts for the driver and passengers, two-speed windshield wipers with a pneumatic washer system, swiveling sun visors, coat hooks, assist straps, folding rear seats, and luggage space under the front hood and in a three-foot carpeted compartment behind the rear seats. A convertible top was optional.


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72 VW Convertible Beetle- G LIght Not Turning On.

My 72 Beetle G light intermittently won't turn on when turning the key. Coincidentally, the car won't start either. If I bypass the ignition (battery to red wire to starter) it will turn over....


Is $350 A Fair Price For My 72 VW Super Beetle Sedan, Poor Condition, In PA...

I have a 72 Volkswagen super beetle sedan been sitting on my property for 40 years has extremely low mileage the interior is stuck in time excellent condition except the floor and ceiling lil torn up...

My Bug Just Shut Off Randomly And Hasn’t Started Since Any Idea What It Cou...

I tried jumping it it didn’t work so I don’t believe it’s the alternator, my belt is a little loose though I’ve tightened it up still nothing. I replaced the cables from the distributor cap to the...

Fuel Pump

when i pour a little gas in my 1972 vow carburator it cranks right off, but only runs until the gas burns out.

72 Super Beetle Starts And Runs Fine First. After I Drive It For A While An...

replaced fuel line and filter. A few days after the problem started. Its almost like the engine is hot and then it doesn't want to start. Turns over but maybe doesn't get enough gas to start? What cou...