CC Outtake: 1966 VW 1300 – Tie Dyed

I was tooling down West 13th one day last summer, when this bright object in the Faith Center parking lot caught my eye. How could it not?  This would make my Xbox a lot less appliance-looking.

Given the sign in the rear window, it appears to be owned by Faith Center. Hmm? The pastors car?

It’s a ’66 1300, the only year that motor was sold in the US. I still claim it was the best combination of power, gearing and fuel economy of all the Beetles. It had a much higher power peak  (4200 instead of 3600/3800 rpm) than the 1200 and bigger motors, it made 50hp, but still had the low (high numerical) gearing of the 1200. It could keep up with a 1500, but got considerably better mileage (28-29 instead of 25). The odds of it still having a 1300 are not good; it seems they all got replaced by bigger mills eventually.

I know this from intimate experience, as my older brother had one for some years, and I spent a whole summer driving it while he was in Europe. It was the sportiest Beetle, and I titled it that in my CC of a ’66 1300.  This looks very familiar, except for the fake flowers.

The turn signal indicators are not in their stock location at the top of the fenders; these are where they were prior to 1958, in the olval-window Beetles. After I crashed my ’63, I mounted a couple of ’57 fenders on it with these low indicator lights.

This looks to be a pretty high quality paint job. But the Faith Center is a big church; a mega church, actually. Nice wheels too.

No one did actual tie-die paint jobs on VWs back in the 60s; they just got out some cans of leftover paint and went to it. Here’s one from London Munich. Check out the van. Who can identify the car greenhouse on top, with a jalousie window?

But tie die is perpetually popular, so why not?