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YAK Car Pic of the Day


7x super beetle grn nf copy

Back in the day people would complain that the VW Beetle’s trunk couldn’t hold more than a loaf of bread and a quart of milk, so in the early 1970s VW leapt into action and came out with a new, improved model: the Super Beetle. Which was capable of holding two loaves of bread and a gallon of milk. Hah! I may be under-exaggerating here, but not by much. The Super Beetle lasted only from 1971-75 for the sedan, a year longer for the cabriolet; the regular Beetle, in the U.S. at least, disappeared not long after. This nice-looking green Super was seen one day last week in downtown Niagara Falls.

— Jim Corbran, You Auto Know

  • John Wilcox

    Finally a YAK pic I could easily relate to. I love this car. If there’s any car that brings me back to childhood, it’s the beetle. The variety of colors on the road in the late 60s-early 70s was so cool.

    I believe the original specs for the non-Super beetle was that it could either hold a family of 5, or 3 soldiers and a machine gun. Thank god the tea party hasn’t adopted it as their go-to military vehicle.

  • rhmaccallum

    Jim I think your criticism is a little misplaced. The Beetle was purposed as an affordable means of transportation for the “average Joe”. Purchase price (remember the $1,995 ads?) fuel economy and maintenance costs were much better than average.
    True, capacity was undersized. The alternative was selection of big boats both more expensive, more fuel costly and high maintenance.
    Give some though to the comparative cargo room of the Corvette, the Smartcar, the Mini-Cooper and other subcompacts that were to come and I don’t think the Beetle looks too bad, particularly on a dollar for dollar basis.

    • Jim Corbran

      I’m not so sure my criticism is totally misplaced, as VW did eventually increase the trunk space. And the Average Joe that the car was designed for wasn’t on this side of the Atlantic 🙂