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Reader Rides: 1972 VW Super Beetle



Juan Carlos Henning 

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Year, Make & Model
1972, Volkswagen, Superbeetle

How long have you owned this vehicle?
11 years

Where/how did you find this vehicle
My grown-up son wanted a beetle, so I said for him to search for one. We found a fairly shaped (and fairly priced) one at a used car vendor. The photo is how we bought it. After minor body and mecanical repairs the car was good for several yaers to the entire family, then I decided to do a ground-up restauration with the help of Mid America Motorworks (fine people). After that, the car is parked in an undergrond garage.

Any projects planned for this vehicle in the future?
I intend to put two 2-barrel carbs on each cylinder pair, the rest is new and practically original.

Has this vehicle won any awards?
I haven´t presented it yet on concours shows, only on the yearly Beetle parade.

Have you raced it? If so, where and when?
It´s intended as a daily driver.

Best quarter mile time

Power Train

Engine size and Horsepower
2.0 liter

Tell us about any engine modifications
Practically a new engine was mounted on the basis of a stock case and a complete 2100cc Kit with two single barrel carburators, flame trower coil and distributer, electric fuel pump. enlarged oil cooler and serpentine belt.

Transmission Type and Modifications

Rear axle ratio and modifications


Stock, with overhead stabilizer.

Stock, with added sway bar.



Wheels and Tires

Tell us about the vehicle's unique options or features, either factory or aftermarket
Leather seats on stock frame, Sony sound system with 4 speakers and 2 subwoofers, retractable 3-point seatbelts front and rear. True-Xenon headlamps. Aditional instruments like tachometer. oil pressure and temperature, volt meter on the original dashboard.

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