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Old 23-11-2008, 08:18 PM   #1
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Default 1600S Beetle - can anyone tell me about them please????

Looking for an engine for my van and there is a 1600S for sale for spares.

I have found they have a curved screen and a big dash, however still have torsion bar suspension and were made between 1974 to 1978 in south Africa.

Therefore what I'm asking is, is there anything else worth robbing from it? High ratio box? Will it be swing axle or IRS? Also would it be really bad to break it, I assume they ain't that common?

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Old 24-11-2008, 07:59 AM   #2
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Old 24-11-2008, 10:49 AM   #3
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Don't know much about SA Beetles you're referring to , except think I've read that despite having a curved screen and torsion bar suspension the beam is link-pin (ie not ball-joint) and is 5 stud....hence the wide 5 SA 'Sprintstars' you see advertised over here from time to time....
I'd say there cannot be that many in the UK, but doubt if its worth any more than any other 70's Bug.....
Would say though that it would be great if you could get some pics of it , is it basically a front torsion beam body with a curved screen or is it a McPherson-strut body adapted to take the link-pin set-up????.......

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a mates uncle has one of those curved screen standard south african bugs.
a real odd ball, essentially theyre just a standard bug that have a windscreen and dash from a 1303

fuel tank and everything forward of it is standard beetle
the hood is one off thos as its standard beetle at the valance but has the 1303 top where it meets the windscreen

the ridges around the hood handle are also totally different too as the lines try and match the very late 1303 cabrio hood

they also have elephants tail lights but mounted up housigns similar to pre 72 taillights
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a mates uncle has one of those curved screen standard south african bugs.
a real odd ball, essentially theyre just a standard bug that have a windscreen and dash from a 1303

fuel tank and everything forward of it is standard beetle
the hood is one off thos as its standard beetle at the valance but has the 1303 top where it meets the windscreen

the ridges around the hood handle are also totally different too as the lines try and match the very late 1303 cabrio hood

they also have elephants tail lights but mounted up housigns similar to pre 72 taillights
Ahh, very interesting!
Funny you mention the rear lights, yes aren't they elephants feet but mounted on SA-only pods a bit further down the wing than they'd be on a 'normal' post-73 Beetle?
Remember seeing a pic of the rear end of a SA Beetle in VW Motoring magazine (now defunct) many years ago.....it was horrid with those lights.............
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yeah them uncircumsized taillights are one of the most unco looking things ive seen of a factory beetle

heres some pics of my mates uncles one
its a 75 model from memory



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Thanks bought it this morning..... feel a bit less bad about cutting it up. Couple of pictures off it, will take more later....



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Thanks bought it this morning..... feel a bit less bad about cutting it up. Couple of pictures off it, will take more later....




Shame its being cut-up, its so fugly I actually quite like it......
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Don't cut it up, take the engine out of it and sell it on, if I lived a little nearer I'd have it off you as I've got an engine ready to go straight in.
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Gotta agree with Sie1970 there, it doesn't look too bad at all.

I might be interested in the gearbox if it is broken tho'.
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