1963 Volkswagen Beetle from North America
Any notion of this car not being good for long ventures is wrong. I drove mine with two bikes on back to Lake Tahoe from OK and back, down the coast highway in CA, and back through the deserts to OK. About 60 mph was the max with the 40 HP; however, it was very dependable.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Don't Know
Review Date: 28th January, 2013
30th May 2014, 23:23
I agree. I drove my '72 Beetle from NJ to Canada and back. My parents took my mom's '65 Bug on their honeymoon from NJ to New England to Montreal and back.
It was funny, too, my Beetle seemed to love the long drive -- it ran so great after I finally learned to drive it closer to flat out than conservative, which meant trying to maintain speed, especially with going up hills. I'd try to keep it at 70, let it go down to 65 or 60, and then it would go back up to 70. The thing ran like a top ever since.
Then I read that Beetles were designed to run at top speed as cruising speed. For 40hp, its top speed was 72mph. I had a 60hp, so was more like 81mph. 70 seemed to be its sweet spot, so 60-65 seems like that would be reasonable for a 40hp. Then again, back in the 60's the speed limits were higher than in later years, 70 mph in many places. So some people must have been going flat out at around 70.
Such great cars. Simple, and slower than today's cars. But great fun.