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Volkswagen Export Saloon Beetle

(1953 model)

Brief specs of 1953 Volkswagen Export Saloon Beetle

2-door 5-seater sedan (saloon), petrol (gasoline) 4-cylinder 8-valve flat (horizontally opposed, boxer) engine, OHV (overhead valve, I-head), 1131 cm3 / 69.0 cu in / 69.0 cu in, 18.3 kW / 24.5 hp / 24.5 hp @ 3300 rpm / 3300 rpm / 3300 rpm, 67.0 N·m / 49.4 lb·ft / 49.4 lb·ft @ 2000 rpm / 2000 rpm / 2000 rpm, manual 4-speed transmission, rear wheel drive, 100 km/h / 62 mph / 62 mph top speed

units: metric UK US

Basic (general) data

Marque (make)VolkswagenIssued from1953
ModelExport Saloon BeetleIssued until
SerieExportNumber made
Model familyBody construction
Model codeBody designation
ManufacturerVolkswagen AGCountryDE,US,BR,MX,ZA

Bodywork

Base platformNumber of doors2
Bodywork typesedan (saloon)Number of seats5
Bodywork designerCargo capacity (volume)
Passenger space (volume)Max. cargo capacity (volume)

Dimensions & Weight

Length4070 mm / 160.2 in / 160.2 inTotal (curb) weight892 kg / 1967 lb / 1967 lb
Width1540 mm / 60.6 in / 60.6 inDry weight
Height1500 mm / 59.1 in / 59.1 inLoad capacity
Wheelbase2400 mm / 94.5 in / 94.5 inGross (max.) weight
Track front1295 mm / 51.0 in / 51.0 inTowing weight
Track rear1251 mm / 49.3 in / 49.3 inWeight distribution (front)42.0 % / 42.0 % / 42.0 %
Ground clearance160 mm / 6.3 in / 6.3 inFuel capacity40 l / 8.8 UK gal / 10.6 US gal
Length/wheelbase ratio1.7  

Aerodynamics

Drag coefficient (Cd, Cx, Cw)Frontal area (A)2.30 m2 / 24.8 sq ft / 24.8 sq ft
Aerodynamic coefficient (Cd×A)Aerodynamic resistance (Aero horse power) at 100 km/h (62 mph)

Engine

Engine CodeTotal number of cylinders4
Engine Typeflat (horizontally opposed, boxer) Total number of valves8
Engine ManufacturerVolkswagenValves per cylinder2
Engine constructionBore75.0 mm / 2.95 in / 2.95 in
Fuelpetrol (gasoline)Stroke64.0 mm / 2.52 in / 2.52 in
Fuel detailsBore/Stroke ratio1.17
Fuel supply1 So carbEngine displacement1131 cm3 / 69.0 cu in / 69.0 cu in
Engine Main bearingsUnitary capacity282.75 cm3/cylinder / 17.254 cu in/cylinder / 17.254 cu in/cylinder
Cam DesignOHV (overhead valve, I-head)Compression ratio5.8 : 1
SumpMax. output power18.3 kW / 24.5 hp / 24.5 hp at 3300 rpm / 3300 rpm / 3300 rpm
AspirationnaturalMax. torque67.0 N·m / 49.4 lb·ft / 49.4 lb·ft at 2000 rpm / 2000 rpm / 2000 rpm
Compressor typeN/AMaximum rpm
IntercoolernoMax. net output (power at the wheels)4.8 kW / 6.4 hp / 6.4 hp (est.)
CoolantairSpecific output16.2 kW/l / 0.356 bhp/cu in / 0.356 bhp/cu in
Catalytic converternoSpecific torque59.2 N·m/l / 0.52 lb·ft/cu in / 0.52 lb·ft/cu in

Transmission

Transmission typemanualNumber of gears4
Wheel driverear wheel driveTop gear (drive) ratio0.79
  Final gear (drive) ratio4.43

Performance

Acceleration 0-50 mph (80 km/h)22.90 s / 22.90 s / 22.90 sTop (maximal) speed100 km/h / 62 mph / 62 mph
Acceleration 0-60 mph (97 km/h)Power-to-weight ratio27.5 kW/ton / 20.8 bhp/ton / 20.8 bhp/ton
Acceleration 0-100 km/hFuel consumption, City (urban)
Acceleration 0-100 mph (160 km/h)Fuel consumption, Road (extra-urban)
Acceleration 80-120 km/h (50-70 mph) in topFuel consumption, Mixed (combined)
Standing ¼mile time Fuel consumption, Euro
Standing kilometer time CO2 emissions
  Range

Chassis

Engine locationrearEngine alignmentlongitudinal
SteeringSteering details
Turns lock-to-lockTurning circle11.0 m / 36.1 ft / 36.1 ft
Suspension frontIndependent, Torsion barSuspension rearIndependent, Torsion bar
Wheels frontWheels rear
Tyres frontTyres rear
Brakes frontdrumBrakes reardrum
Brake diameter frontBrake diameter rear
Brakes detailsBraked area

Technical specifications and performance data of Volkswagen Export Saloon Beetle

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