automatic or standard
Almost all of the original-shape VW Beetles were built with a 4 speed manual transmission. Automatic transmission was never available as an option, but there was a 3 speed semi-automatic or "Auto-stick". The semi-auto beetles have no clutch pedal, but you still have to move the gear stick to change gears. Both manual and semi-auto beetles were available in 1968. Unless you are really hopeless at using a clutch and can't possibly learn, I would avoid the semi-auto beetles. The manual transmission versions are faster, simpler, much more common and get better fuel economy.
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