1973 Volkswagen Beetle Overview


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1973 Volkswagen Beetle Overview

Volkswagen continued the trend of offering special editions of its popular Beetle by introducing the Sports Bug in 1973. It was a 1973 Super Beetle equipped with Recaro bucket seats, a simulated-leather sports steering wheel, oversized sports-type radial tires on oversized Porsche 914 rims, a sports-tuned transmission, and an upgraded suspension. The Sports Bug was available in a Marathon Metallic blue and Saturn Yellow colors with special exterior stripping and Black trim.

The Super Beetle was also available for 1972. It came with larger brakes, an upgraded suspension, and twice the luggage space as the standard model.

The standard Beetle was equipped with the 1600 four-cylinder, air-cooled engine that generated 58 horsepower, as well as a dual braking system, a four-wheel independent suspension, and a flow-through ventilation system.

In addition, standard features for the Beetle 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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Headlights Work Fine On High Beam And Really Dim On Low Beam

I have a 1973 superbeetle. The headlights work fine on the high beam but both go very dim on low beam, almost out.

What MPG Did The '73 Beetle Get?

What MPG did the '73 Beelte get? Hard top vs. convertible? Thanks.


1973 Just Clicks When Trying To Start It

We replaced battery and now my 1973 be bug just clicks and won’t turn over ... any advise?


M.p.g And Lead Additive

i am wondering what is the average miles per galion to be reasonble in a 73 super beatal and do i have to use "lead additive" to the un-leaded fule? thank you