Prior to 1967 all Beetles had 5-stud wheels and were fitted with drum brakes all round. In 1967, disc front brakes and four stud wheels were introduced on the larger engined 1500 Beetles. In 1968, 4 stud wheels were fitted right across the range and although some models were fitted with disc brakes at the front, retaining drums at the rear, others kept drums brakes at all four corners. If you have a later model, always check which types of front brakes are fitted before ordering VW Beetle brakes and parts. Naturally, we stock a complete range of parts for both disc and drum brake systems, including shoes, calipers, pads, cylinders, hoses and pipes... plus, of course, the drums and discs themselves. We also supply a large selection of aftermarket brake parts, included uprated Goodridge hoses, EMPI / Tarox / CSP disc brake conversion kits, and a wide range of discs and drums for stud pattern conversions.
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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.