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DSDBergeron

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Good Afternoon,

Just picked up a 73 Beetle.  How do I tell if it's a super or standard beetle?  Someone looked at the body and said it was a standard, but after reading some of these post it may be a super.  What's the best way to tell (vin, wheels, tag in spare tire compartment)?  I need to know before I start taking it apart.  Thanks!!

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Someone told me that since the spare tire stands up in the nose that it's a standard beetle.  Is this true?  Thanks!!


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If it is truly a 73 then it would have a curved windshield if it were a super beetle.
Also supers have the spare laying flat as well as having a strut type front suspension.

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Look under the front fender... if you see a big coil spring that wraps around the strut which goes to the spindle you have a Super. If instead you see a pair of trailing arms that come from tubes(beam style) that run across the front of the car, then you have a standard Beetle.
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Between these 2 responses  they've pretty much nailed it. '73 Supers have front struts, curved glass, and the spare would lay flat instead of being vertical .

If you've got flat glass and a torsion beam, it's a standard.


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Someone told me that since the spare tire stands up in the nose that it's a standard beetle.  Is this true?  Thanks!!



Sounds like You have a 1973 Non Super beetle with torsion bar front end..
these are a great car... IMHO...

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