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VW Beetle Haynes Enthusiast Guide Series

Jonathan Harvey
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Book Number: H4434

This book is the perfect companion for beginners and enthusiasts alike.

The Volkswagen Beetle is a legend, the definitive motoring icon which consistently ranks as one of the greatest cars of all time. Its instantly recognisable shape and simple mechanics coupled with a stubborn refusal to wear out have endeared the Beetle to many millions of people around the world, not least the 21½ million who bought one new.

In this Haynes Enthusiast Guide, Volkswagen enthusiast Jonathan Harvey traces the full development and production history of the Beetle. The various incarnations are described meticulously, from the early Splits and Ovals to later models with styling retouches, more powerful engines and revised suspension arrangements. The Karmann Cabriolet represents the pinnacle of Beetle production and receives special attention in a dedicated chapter.

Despite being fundamentally over-engineered, with a well-earned reputation for strength and reliability, Beetles require a degree of routine maintenance to keep them in good running order, and the author offers a useful overview of the main points needing periodic attention. While on a practical theme, he also describes some of the engine upgrades available to those owners lusting after more power, and discusses other popular modifications, from lowered suspension to custom paint schemes.

Armed with the necessary knowledge, facts and figures, prospective owners are led through the process of buying a Beetle, including choosing the right model, where to buy, what to look for, potential pitfalls and the relative values of different models. Finally, there is a helpful listing of associated clubs, traders and shows to interest all Beetle enthusiasts.

The author

Jonathan Harvey is a Volkswagen enthusiast and historian. He is also the author of VW Transporter for Haynes.

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