1953 Volkswagen Beetle (Oval) Specs

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Price (when new): 793

Build Start: 1953

Last on sale: 1957

Drive System:

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Poor visibility was always an issue with the original Beetle and its split back window. Volkswagen addressed this in March 1953 when the screen was replaced by a larger single-piece oval one. This important change coincided with the beginning of sales in the UK, and all but the very first of the ‘Oval Beetles’ benefitted from the first increase in engine size since 1945 when an 1192cc unit added 5bhp. With 30bhp to play with now, 66mph was possible... not much on paper but, of course, a Beetle could happily cruise at this speed all day. Add 25% for Cabriolet prices.

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Specifications

General
1953
1957
Beetle
Dimensions
892kg
2400mm
1540mm
1500mm
4070mm
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Performance
47.6s
3
66mph
49lb/ft
24bhp
Prices
€793
€3450
€5462
€8625
€10638

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