1974 Volkswagen Beetle Overview


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1974 Volkswagen Beetle Overview

Volkswagen introduced two more limited-edition Beetles for 1974, continuing a trend that had started in the early 1970s. The Love Bug was available in either Phoenix Red or Ravenna (lime) green, and came with sports wheels, special bumpers and headlights, side stripes, and special badging. The Sun Bug came with nut-brown sports seats with matching panels and carpeting, a wood-finish dashboard, sports GT wheels, and a sunroof with a wind reflector. It was painted metallic beige.

The standard Beetle received a few minor upgrades, including a softer steering wheel to improve the car's safety factor, a quieter muffler, and energy-absorbing bumpers that could return to their original shape if dinged.

The Beetle was equipped with the 1600 four-cylinder, air-cooled engine that generated 58 horsepower, as well as with a dual braking system, 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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1974 Beetle Shut Off While Downshifting

I was taking my beetle for a spin and when I downshifted the beetle quietly shut off. She will not start. She sounds like she wants to but she won't. I don't drive her often. I put in a new fuel f...

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Brake Problem

hello this may be a dumb question i drive a 1974 vw beetle the problem i have is my brakes i have to "pump" in the morning but in the afternoon when i go home from work they work just fine what can be...

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Fuel System

sending unit works outside of car but when installed reads 1/2 when full

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1974 Vw Bug Beetle, Month Ago Changed Fuel Pump. Well Now No Gas Getting No...

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My Volkswagen Won't Start

I adjusted the points on my 1974 Volkswagen bug a couple weeks ago and it was the perfect gap but throughout the last couple of days it kept dying on me. I re adjusted them again tonight and they a...

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