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Dream Machine - VW Beetle Cabriolet
Original Broadcast: Channel Five, 9th April 2003, 8:00 pm
Capped from Discovery Channel broadcast on 15th December 2006
Props to the original capper
Mark Evans and a team of mechanics restore a classic car to its former glory, while professional racing driver Amanda Stretton stands by to give it a spin once they've finished.
In this episode:
- restores a 1971 VW Karmann Beetle Cabriolet. The car is stripped back to bare bones and rebuilt from the chassis up. You could eat your dinner off the new chromed engine.
- explores VW's 50 year design history
- visits the 'Volksworld' event in London - the epicentre of Beetlemania and goes to California to meet the founding fathers of the most exclusive VW club in the world - Die Kleiner Panzers 'the little tanks'.
VW Beetle Cabriolet: Factfile
The VW Beetle was designed by Dr. Porsche in the 1930s, but went on sale in 1945. Although German assembly ended in 1980, up-dated Beetles are still built in Mexico. Total production is now at least 22 million. All Beetle Cabriolets were assembled by Karmann, in North Germany.
All Beetles had rear-mounted, flat-four, air-cooled engines, and took shape around the same steel platform chassis. The vast majority were two-door saloons. The Cabriolet went on sale in 1949, originally with a 1.1-litre engine. Beetles were regularly up-rated, modified, and improved. At the end, every single part had been changed.
The big change came in 1970, when the 1302/1302S 'Super Beetle' was given MacPherson strut front suspension.
Early Beetles had only 25bhp and could reach 63mph. By the 1970s the 1302S had a 50bhp/1.6-litre version of the engine, and reached 80mph. Because they were3 high-geared, and well-built, all Beetles, whatever their engine size, could be cruised at their maximum speed. As the makers often boasted - they did not boil, they did not freeze, and they did not blow up.
The first UK-market Beetle saloons cost £650 in 1953, while the last UK-market saloons cost £1,644 in 1975. Cabriolet sales began in 1955 at £1,006, and ended in 1978 at £4,294. No fewer than 331,847 Beetle Cabriolets were built.
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