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Oils & Fluids

Oils and fluids for your classic VW Beetle

We here at VW Heritage take the maintenance and upkeep of our classic Volkswagen Beetles seriously, and know that keeping the oil topped up with the correct amount of classic VW Beetle oil is vital to longevity and good running of air-cooled Beetles.

Contrary to popular belief, it is not just air that keeps a classic Volkswagen Beetle engine cool, but the oil flowing around it too, and regularly changing your Beetle engine oil in is key to making it last. So to go with our comprehensive range of VW Beetle parts and classic air-cooled Beetle spares we offer a range of classic Beetle oils specifically designed for air-cooled VW Beetle engines from respected specialists such as Morris, Castrol and Quantum. Use any of these in your classic Volkswagen Beetle and it will help keep your Beetle engine in tip top shape.

We also stock VW Beetle gearbox oil, Beetle steering box oil, automatic transmission oil and steering rack lube, all carefully chosen by our in-house specialists to ensure your classic VW Beetle is kept in the best possible condition at all times.

Finally, a can of VW brake cleaner should be in every workshop to help clean parts during disassembly and we even keep stock of absorbent granules for soaking up any leaks or spills that might occur in the garage or workshop. If you can’t see what you are looking for, give one of our expert sales team a call on 01273 444 000.

History Of The VW Beetle

In 1951, VW produced 93,709 Beetles, and of those 35,742 were exported to 29 countries. The biggest buyers outside of Germany were Belgium, Sweden, Switzerland, Holland, Finland and Brazil. Export models were distinguishable from the domestic market counterparts by the crotch cooling vents in the front quarter panels (specific to ’51 only models) as well as a chrome trimmed windscreen seal.

The rear seats did feature armrest cushions (again, a ’51 only part) but these were dropped after VW executives commented that “they gave passengers the feeling of being in a boudoir.” VW also changed the battery box lid, as the previous cardboard model had caused several fires.

One of the notable changes on the 1952 model cars was the introduction of the opening ¼ light window in the front doors, this replaced the 1951 models crotch coolers, and were adjustable to allow increases in airflow. Bumpers were now fitted with overriders, and the horn grilles were now round in shape, body coloured on standard models and chrome on exports.


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