Years ago, people readily yanked these engines out of their early Beetles and replaced them with later 1300cc and 1600cc engines, but now people have really started to appreciate just how good the earliest 25hp Beetle engine was, and have become more concerned with maintaining their Beetle’s originality, so we have started to stock a range of parts specifically for the 25 and 30-horsepower Beetle engines. A burgeoning tuning industry has even grown up around these engines again in recent times and VW Heritage is proud to hold some of the more popular performance components in stock.
If you are unsure whether you have one or not, open the engine lid and look at the generator stand. If it is an integral part of the crankcase, as opposed to a bolt-on item, you have a 25 or 30hp Beetle engine. These engines were originally fitted to all Beetles built before August 1960 (up to engine number 3-912-904) but so many air-cooled Beetles have had their engines changed over the years that it is IMPORTANT to please check your engine number before ordering any 30hp beetle engine parts.
Whether it's a replacement 30hp VW engine gasket, basic 30-horse rebuild parts you are looking for, or upgraded 30bhp VW engine components for improved reliability or power, VW Heritage have them here amongst their extensive range of 25-30hp VW Beetle engine parts. If you can’t see what you need by following the links here then please do not hesitate to call 01273 444 000 or click on the ‘live chat’ button.
If you have arrived on this page and now realise you have something other than a 25hp Beetle engine or the 30hp version, don’t worry, we have all the later 1200, 1300, 1500 and 1600cc VW Beetle engine parts you could wish for, from VW Beetle cylinder heads and barrels and pistons to classic Beetle camshafts and all manner of VW Beetle engine parts, from stock – both genuine VW and quality reproduction – through to a huge selection of Volkswagen Beetle performance engine parts from trusted brands such as Scat, CB Performance, BMD, Bugpack and EMPI. If you have a query about any of the classic VW Beetle engine parts we stock, or if you can’t find the part you require, just or call our sales team on 01273 444 000 at any time during UK business hours.
The Volkswagen name however wasn’t to become official until a few years down the line. The new car was initially tagged the Porsche Type 60, then christened the KdF-Wagen, KdF being the initials of the leisure arm of the Third Reich (Kraft durch Freude or Strength through Joy).
October 1935 saw the first Type 60 prototype, known as the "V1" ready. By 1936, testing of the first three "V3" prototypes, built in Porsche's Stuttgart shop, began. By 1937 Thirty "W30" pre-production models, manufactured by Daimler-Benz, had undergone 1,800,000 mi (2,900,000 km) of further testing. All cars already had the distinctive round shape and the air-cooled, rear-mounted engine.