It’s fair to say that the most commonly changed part of Volkswagen Beetles across the world is the wheels and VW Heritage are the VW Beetle wheel experts, offering a wide range of wheels for all air cooled Volkswagen Beetle models, along with free expert advice on compatibility, fitting and finish. Starting with the most basic, our range of classic Beetle wheels begins with OE (original equipment) Beetle steel wheels to retain that classic stock look. From there though, the world is your oyster. While we appreciate that just about any wheel can be made to fit, given enough time and effort, we at VW Heritage have chosen to focus on an extensive selection of aftermarket VW Beetle alloy wheels that we know do fit, without any significant modification and offer a more personalised style. To browse or buy the parts you need just follow the links above, or read on for further information on our incredible selection of VW Beetle wheels.
Once again, it is important to know what type of wheel you have on your Beetle. More correctly, what type of VW Beetle wheel bolt pattern. All Beetles built up until 1967 used the ‘wide five’ bolt pattern (that’s a 5-bolt wheel with a 5 x 205mm pitch circle diameter (PCD)). With the introduction of disc brakes on the 1500 model only came a change to a smaller wheel bolt pattern with only four bolts (4 x 130mm PCD). All Beetles from 1968 onwards were fitted with four-bolt wheels.
Though the style of Beetle steel wheel sometimes changed, the bolt pattern did not and all are interchangeable. However, it's easy to fit other types of wheel to both 4 and 5-bolt VW hubs by using parts from our range of re-drilled discs and drums, Beetle PCD adapters and spacers so it is not uncommon to find Beetles fitted with Porsche (5 x 130PCD) wheels. If you are at all unsure what you have, check with one of our knowledgeable sales staff via the ‘live chat’ button and we’ll find the Beetle PCD adapters for you.
Our range of OE-style steel Beetle wheels includes both early 5-stud (Porsche 356 style) and later 4-stud (stock Beetle) versions in different widths. Available in both painted steel and fully chromed. These wheels accept all stock and aftermarket VW and Porsche-style hubcaps, as well as VW Beetle wheel trim rings.
At VW Heritage we hold in stock all the most desirable aftermarket VW Beetle alloys, including BRM, Fuchs, EMPI 5, EMPI 8, Sprintstar, Porsche 2.0-litre, Enkei and ATS styles. What’s more, we have many of these popular designs of Beetle rim produced exclusively for us, reconfigured to better fit classic Volkswagen Beetles and, in some cases, to last longer than the originals. Most VW Beetle rims we sell are available in painted, chromed or polished finish, and all our exclusive ‘SSP’ range of Volkswagen Beetle alloys come with a two year structural guarantee for unbeatable peace of mind.
Aside from the VW Beetle wheels themselves, we stock a huge selection of classic Beetle trim rings, Beetle hubcaps, centre caps, whitewall flaps, bolt caps and clips and rivets. We also know how important it is that you use the correct type of wheel nut with whatever style of VW Beetle rim you choose so stock every size and type of Volkswagen Beetle wheel bolt and classic Beetle wheel stud you could need to fit any of the range of Volkswagen Beetle rims we sell, including stock-style wheel bolts ‘tuner nuts’, mag nuts, tapered nuts and Thatcham-approved locking wheel nuts / bolts. If there’s a set of Beetle rims you like the look of, but they aren’t available in your wheel bolt pattern, be sure to check out our wide range of VW Beetle wheel adaptors and spacers.
As always, if you have queries about your VW Beetle wheels, or any of the classic Volkswagen Beetle alloys we stock, or if you just can’t locate the parts you require to fit a particular set of classic VW Beetle rims, click on the ‘live chat’ button or call a member of our knowledgeable sales team on 01273 444 000 at any time during UK business hours.
With the world war 2 era wood burning cars, however, wood was heated to a temperature hot enough to decompose the wood, but the gas was not allowed to burn. It was stored in a chamber, and injected into the cylinders of a regular internal combustion car. Some of the German made wood-burning cars were the VW Kdf Wagen (postwar Beetle), and the German Army Kübelwagen.
Following the end of the war, allied forces followed the Morgenthau plan, with the aim of “pastoralizing” Germany, preventing them building up any sort of armaments. As a result German car production was not allowed to exceed 10% of that of 1936 production. The VW plant was taken under the control of the US armed forces.