1961 Volkswagen Beetle Review

1961 Volkswagen Beetle 1.2 from South Africa

Year of manufacture1961
First year of ownership1998
Most recent year of ownership2003
Engine and transmission 1.2 Manual
Performance marks 4 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 4 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 10 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
6.8 / 10
Distance when acquired85000 miles
Most recent distance91700 miles


It is still more reliable than most cheap plastic new cars


I had to replace the king and link pins just after I bought it.

Driver's seat is badly worn.

Replaced the exhaust after a year, hard to find.

Converted the electrical system from 6 volts to 12 volts, because of the traffic police (lights too dim).

Bought new tires.

The accelerator cable broke, the first and only time this car ever left me stranded.

General Comments:

She is now 42 years old, of which I have had her for 5 years as the second owner. This is an amazing machine, very basic, but totally unbreakable. It was a very sad day when I sold her.

Top speed after about three hills on a highway is 65 mph, the fourth gear runs from 35 mph right through to 65 mph.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 6th August, 2003

6th Apr 2004, 09:57

You got a speedster there.

Average review marks: 6.8 / 10, based on 1 review