Is It Bigger Than A Town Car: 1973 Super Beetle – Um, No

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Okay, today is a holiday (for you U.S. CCers anyway), and there’s probably not a whole lot of folks reading CC–with such pressing matters as turkey, football and dessert! But I saw this lonely little VW today, sitting all by itself while driving past the local golf course and I just had to stop.

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Well, this is not exactly going to be a horse race, is it? Nope, the 1973 Super Beetle weighed in at a feather-light 2072 lbs. Two Super Beetles would be only 129 pounds more than the Lincoln’s curb weight. Different strokes for different folks, and all that.

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I really liked the ’70s style dished chrome wheels and metallic blue paint. This is at least a 1973 Super Beetle, as it has the new wraparound windshield that 1971-72 Super Beetles lacked.

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1973 models also got a brand-new “big-boy” style dashboard, that even came with fake wood on it (gasp!) on some of the special edition Beetles–Le Grande Bug anyone?

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Even in the shots of the Beetle by itself, the Lincoln lurks in the background–almost like the VW is a little Apollo capsule circling the big Panther Moon.

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Okay, you knew this post was rigged from the start, but for you lovers of cold hard facts, the 1973 Super Beetle was 160.6″ long, 62.3″ wide and had a 95.3″ wheelbase. And for those of you who missed the first IIBTATC post, the Townie is 215.3″ long, 78.2″ wide and a 117.7″ wheelbase.

There are a lot of folks who don’t like Panthers, and even some other folks who don’t care for air-cooled Volkswagens (why? beats me). I like ’em both, myself.

Happy Thanksgiving, everyone!

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