Clean Bill of Health? Beetle Diaries Ep. 4: Is Our 1971 Volkswagen Super Beetle a Gem or a Clunker? [Video]

It doesn’t blitz the 0-60 run, but how does the rest of the car stack up?

There’s always some uncertainty when you buy any used car. How well did the previous owners treat it? Is everything original? And, in the end, there’s the question of whether you ended up with a diamond in the rough, or something that’s just rough. Now it’s time to see whether Felix – TFL’s 1971 Volkswagen Super Beetle – gets a clean bill of health.

Tommy and Mike head down to Painter’s Grinding, a full-service Volkswagen Specialist repair shop in Denver, Colorado to properly inspect the Beetle. Over its sixty-five years in production, Volkswagen produced over 21 million examples, many of which met their end in a crash or just sitting in a field or a barn for decades on end. Some of the examples that are still running are in rough shape, but what of the Beetle we bought? Along the way, there’s time for one other important test as well.

1971 Volkswagen Super Beetle
This 1971 Volkswagen Beetle has been a Colorado car for the past forty-seven years. [Photo: TFLcar]
How fast does the 1971 Volkswagen Super Beetle get from zero to 60? Back when it was new, Volkswagen quoted the 0-50 time of the Beetle as 12.5 seconds. However, at altitude, the 1.6-liter air-cooled engine will be a bit slower than that. As for just how much slower, check out the video above to find out!

This particular Super Beetle also has some rarer, more unique touches that were specifically introduced for a few model years. Overall, this 1971 Volkswagen Super Beetle was a diamond in the rough as it clattered through the decades, getting a clean bill of health from the specialists at Painter’s Grinding.

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