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Volkswagen 1200 "Deutsche Post" (~German postal service) (Typ 1)  

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4-speed/RWD, 3-speed semi-automatic optional
length x width x height:
4060 mm x 1550 mm x 1500 mm
wheelbase - track f/r:
2400 mm - 1308/1349 mm
some calculations:
base aera: 6.29 m² - frontal aera: ~1.92 m² - LxWxH: 9.44 m³
coefficient of drag (cd): 0.48 - drag area: 0.921 m²
800 kg
power to weight-ratio:
23.5 kg/hp // 43 hp/ton
about this model:
While the normal Beetle received the major facelift in 1970 (increased wheelbase, longer front end), the
"Sparkäfer" (="low cost Beetle") gained only minor improvements: in 1973 the 1200 got the square bumpers, too,
the bigger backlights and in 1974 the front turning lights moved from the front fender into the front bumper.
The Beetle was built until 1978 in Germany and until 2003 in Mexico. The Beetle was imported from Mexico to Europe until 1985.

Pictures taken in 2008 in the "Volkswagen AutoMuseum" in Wolfsburg, Germany
Pictures are used by courtesy of the Volkswagen AutoMuseum

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