VW Beetle 1938-03
Quality VW Beetle spare parts and accessories
We have built our reputation on supplying genuine parts for VW Beetle parts and the finest reproductions available, and we are constantly sourcing new products to add to our incredible range. To find the VW Beetle spare parts you require, simply select the appropriate area of the car from the categories above. Our online store includes hundreds of exploded diagrams and photographs to help you identify which parts for VW Beetle you need… And remember, if you have a query about any of the Volkswagen Beetle parts we stock – or if you can’t find the part you require – just click on the ‘live chat’ button or call our sales team on 01273 444 000 at any time during UK business hours.
Certain parts of 1302 and 1303 ‘Super Beetles’ are model specific and will be listed as ‘1302/1303 only’. Where no separate 1302/1303 parts are shown, the standard VW Beetle parts and accessories are usually correct.
History Of The VW Beetle
The idea of the Beetle had been conceived in 1931, when Ferdinand Porsche and Zundapp developed the Porsche Type 12, or “Auto fur Jedermann” (translated as “Car for Everyone”). Porsche had already developed the flat 4 cylinder air cooled motor, and Zundapp was developing a Radial 5 cylinder water-cooled power plant. Porsche had chosen to use a “swing-axle” type rear suspension, previously invented by Edward Rumpler.
By 1932, three prototypes were running, and a fourth, the Porsche Type 32, built by the NSU motorcycle factory, joined the line-up in 1933.
In 1933 Adolf Hitler commissioned Porsche to develop a “Peoples Car” (literally a Volks Wagen), the car was to be able to seat 2 adults and 2 children, with room for their luggage, and be able to cruise at 100km/h (62mph). The term “Volks” had been applied to various Nazi party sponsored consumer products such as the Volksradio.