What is a Beetle "GT". It is a 1971, with flat windsheild, but seems to have the front suspension of a super. Is that the GT part?


Asked by Jul 05, 2007 at 09:33 PM about the 1971 Volkswagen Beetle

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I just bought a 1971 Beetle GT.  It is the standard beetle (flat windshield) but it does not have the torsion bar front suspension.  It looks like mcpherson struts.  Is this what the "GT" version is, upgraded front suspension?

Are there other upgrades I should know about before I start buying parts?

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This is from Wikipedia (the volkswagen page) "Volkswagen added a "Super Beetle" (the Type 113) to its lineup in 1971. The Type 113 differed from the standard Beetle in its use of a McPherson strut front suspension instead of the usual torsion bars. Also the nose of the car was stretched 2 inches to allow the spare tire to lay down flat, and the combination of these two features significantly increased the usable trunk space." I think the GT and the Super Beetle is the same car.

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