CC Outtake: Buggin’ Out


Sometimes an annoying situation can turn into a golden opportunity, as evidenced by my latest photo session.


My supervisor is a really good guy, but he frequently has the bad habit of sending me out on an errand to one of our other facilities just an hour or so before lunch. As a result, I am often forced to spend extra money buying my lunch nearby ( unless I want to go hungry ), when I already have free home-packed vittles sitting in the fridge back at the shop. The only good that comes out of this is the fact that it often presents a prime CC photo opportunity, as evidenced by these two air-cooled German machines.


First up is this 1966 Beetle, owned by one of the guys who works at this facility. Prior to this he owned a mint red one, but for whatever reason, he liked this one better. As a result, he sold the red one and snagged this. Many might question one’s decision to give up their clean vintage car in favor of a slightly rougher version of the same vehicle, but to each his or her own.


I wasn’t able to get any shots of the engine, but I have peeked under the lid on a prior visit. The engine compartment is the cleanest part of the car. The air cleaners, engine pulleys, and remote breather assembly are all black wrinkle finish billet aluminum with machined ribs. The fuel lines and wires are all meticulously routed, and everything in there is spotless. The owner says the engine is the original 1300, which the previous owner had professionally rebuilt. It sports dual port heads and a very mild performance cam, fed by a pair of small Weber downdraft carbs. When I teased him about the small engine, he said he needed something economical. Given the fact that his regular daily driver is a lifted Ford F150 Supercab with 5.4 liter Triton V8 power underhood, I can’t say that I blame him.


The interior is pretty clean also. Sharp eyed readers may spot the small-diameter custom steering wheel, as well as the aftermarket billet shifter.


The owner of this ’66 makes no bones about how much he despises the later Super Beetles. His level of sheer, unabashed hatred for Supers rivals Paul’s disdain for malaise-era big Fords. When I told him about this blog article, he made it clear that I’d better post his car first- or else. He still isn’t terribly thrilled about having his “real” Beetle sharing page space with a “bastard” Super.


Which brings us to our next subject- the infamous Super Beetle. Loved by some and reviled by others, this car is the source of much rivalry and trash-talk. Standard Beetle fans and Super Beetle fans often go at each other with the same religious fervor of UCLA vs. USC fans. I myself am biased towards the Super, but I know that many aren’t, and I respect that. Among Airheads, the Super Beetle appears to be quite a polarizing vehicle. Its fans praise it for its improved handling and ride quality ( thanks to its Macpherson strut suspension, rather than the standard Beetle’s torsion bar setup ), while its detractors view it more as the illegitimate half-sibling that is barely tolerable, much less lovable.


I don’t know anything about this car, and neither do the other guys. It belongs to one of the personnel who works in the main building and frequently drives it there. It looks and sounds all stock, though.


The large curved windshield denotes it as a ’73 or later, so it could be either carbureted or fuel injected. Are there any Super Beetle experts here who can clear this up?


Look at that interior. What a difference a decade makes!

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