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Driven daily: Volkswagen Beetle

As the Volkswagen Beetle continues to go up in value, many examples are treated to ground-up restorations that sometimes include a number of questionable modifications. Each his own, but we were pretty happy to stumble upon a completely stock and unrestored early-1970s Beetle in a quiet and tourist-free part of Rome, Italy, a few weeks ago.

The registration number indicates that the Beetle has lived its entire life in Rome. It’s well preserved considering that it has spent over four decades in a crowded European city but the numerous dings and dents on both ends show that “parking” and “courtesy” do not go hand-in-hand in the Italian capital.

As a side note, turn signal repeaters have been mandatory for decades in Italy and automakers have sometimes found creative ways to add them to their cars. Renault, for example, fitted lozenge-shaped repeaters to the 4, and Volkswagen simply cut a hole through the Beetle’s fender-mounted turn signal bezel. Beetle parts are readily available just about anywhere in the world, but we’ve been told that the Italian-spec turn signals are very difficult to find.

Update: Thanks to our commenters for pointing out the correct year.

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7 thoughts on “Driven daily: Volkswagen Beetle

  1. i think it is early 70s because of the flow thru vents behind the side windows. was the super beetle sold in rome? it almost looks like that front end, which would make it early 70s also, in one of the photos. i wish i was still driving a beetle.

    • The Super Beetle was sold in Europe, yep. I guess it could be an early Super Beetle, I’ll look into it.

      I wish I was still driving a Beetle, too! How’s your search for a rear-engined car going?

      • It’s a 1971 or 1972 flat screen Super Beetle. The third digit of the VIN will tell you the year. I drove my 1972 standard Beetle just last weekend. One of three VW’s I own. When I lived in Italy in the early 90’s I drove a 1975 Super Beetle until I sold it and bought an Alfa Romeo Guiletta. Loved them both.

      • Thanks for the correction.

        Going from a Super Beetle to a Giulietta must have been one hell of a transition! Was it a 60s or an 80s Giulietta?

      • !985 4 door 2.o liter. I was a blast to drive especially being surrounded by Fiat ‘s and other tiny cars. It loved eating rear brakes though. I am waiting for Alfa to come back to America. I love them.

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