The brake system on your classic Beetle may be straightforward compared to those on modern cars, but it’s no less important, and care should be taken at all times to keep it in the best condition possible. That includes periodically checking it over and replacing your VW Beetle brake fluid every couple of years. Though classic Beetle brake parts can basically be broken down into Beetle drum brakes and VW Beetle disc brakes, there is a lot of variety in the VW Beetle parts that were fitted over the years, and with so many cars having been modified it is important you know exactly what is fitted to your car before ordering any replacement parts. If in any doubt as to what sort of Beetle brake system you have, consult one of our knowledgeable sales staff who will be happy to guide you in the right direction.
VW Heritage offer a huge range of VW Beetle brakes for every age and model of Beetle, as well as a comprehensive range of Beetle brake upgrade parts and performance items. We stock everything from standard Volkswagen Beetle drum brake parts to high performance Beetle disc brake conversions from CSP, CB Performance and EMPI in a variety of stud patterns to suit all requirements. We not only sell our products online but our expert team can provide free advice on compatibility, fitting and the different options available. Browse and buy the parts you need from our links above, or read on for further information about our air-cooled VW Beetle brake systems.
Prior to 1967 all air-cooled VWs had five-bolt wheels and Beetles were fitted with drum brakes all round. In 1967, Beetle front disc brakes and vented four-bolt wheels were introduced on the larger engined 1500 Beetles. In 1968, four-bolt wheels were fitted right across the range and, although some models were fitted with disc brakes at the front (Beetle rear disc brake kits were never fitted from the factory), others kept drum brakes at all four corners. If you have a later model Beetle, always check which types of front brakes are fitted before ordering VW Beetle brakes and parts.
Naturally, we here at VW Heritage stock a complete range of service and replacement parts for both VW Beetle disc brake and air cooled drum brake systems, including Beetle brake shoes, Beetle Brake calipers, pads, brake backing plates, Beetle wheel cylinders, hoses and drum brake fitting kits, plus a wide selection of Volkswagen Beetle drums and discs in different bolt patterns depending on the wheels you want to use.
We also supply a large selection of aftermarket brake parts and Beetle disc brake conversions, included uprated VW Beetle Goodridge hoses, EMPI, Tarox, CSP and CB Performance VW Beetle disc brake conversion kits, and a wide range of classic VW Beetle discs and drums with different wheel bolt or stud patterns, making this the simplest way to undertake VW to Porsche / Chevy / Jag wheel conversions. Add in stock and performance air-cooled Beetle brake master cylinders, replacement Beetle brake fluid reservoirs and, while we’re on the subject of brakes, don’t forget we also hold stock of everything you could need to overhaul your classic air-cooled Beetle handbrake system.
So, if you have questions about your VW Beetle brakes – or if you can’t find the parts 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.
Opinion in the United States was not flattering, however, perhaps because of the characteristic differences between the American and European car markets. The Ford company was offered the entire VW works after the war for free. Ford's right-hand man Ernest Breech was asked what he thought, and told Henry II, "What we're being offered here, Mr. Ford, isn't worth a damn!" With that, the Ford Motor Company lost out on the chance to build the world's most popular car since their own Model T.
In 1945 the Americans handed control of the factory to the British, the initial plan had been to disassemble the entire factory, and ship it to Britain, however no British company was interested in the company. "the vehicle does not meet the fundamental technical requirement of a motor-car ... it is quite unattractive to the average buyer ... To build the car commercially would be a completely uneconomic enterprise."The re-commissioning of the VW factory is heavily credited to British Army Officer Major Ivan Hirst, who was ordered to take control of the factory, which had suffered heavy bomb damage during the war. One of the first tasks Hirst was given was to remove an unexploded bomb, which having fallen through a roof, had lodged itself between some essential and irreplaceable parts of production equipment. Had Hirst failed in this task, the Beetle would have been consigned to the history books, and things would have been very different.