We supply a wide range of wheels to suit all tastes: For restorations we offer O.E. style Beetle steering wheels, with the ‘D’ shaped horn press (complete with Wolfsburg crest), as fitted to 62-74 cars. We also stock top quality reproductions of EMPI’s classic GT wheel, and a range of Banjo steering wheels – a popular '50s accessory, widely used on coachbuilt cars. However, for owners wanting for a more distinctive look, we stock a large number of Grant and Mountney wheels, ranging from classic woodrims to metalflake and chainlink wheels – in sizes from 10 to 15 inch.
In addition to the wheels themselves, we also supply a huge range of steering system components, across all Beetle models: For standard Beetles we stock the complete Beetle steering column (later models only), as well as horn contact rings, clamps bolts and packing. We also supply a full range of tie rod assembly components, including the steering damper and tie rods themselves… And not forgetting the Beetle steering box, which we sell as complete units, along with all necessary flanges, couplings and clamps. For 1302 and 1303 models, we supply parts for both early and late assemblies, including the steering box (pre 1974) and Beetle steering rack (1974 onwards).
Of course, if you have queries about your VW Beetle steering – 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.
This swallowed up a sizeable portion of VW’s development budget and led to the Beetle being one of the longest running production vehicles of all time.
Whilst some civilian Beetles had been produced during the war, predominantly for high ranking Nazi elite, production was minimal, though some unusual fuelling options became available, in part due to all available oil, and fuel being directed towards the Luftwaffe and Panzer divisions.
One of the more abstract models was the Holzbrenner; essentially a wood powered Beetle. The way this worked was that wood was heated until it began to break down chemically. When wood burns in a normal fire, the wood decomposes chemically due to the heat, and some of the gasses produced by the wood are flammable, and they burn as they are released. That is the flame that you see.