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Volkswagen Beetle de Luxe

(1955 model)

Brief specs of 1955 Volkswagen Beetle de Luxe

2-door 5-seater sedan (saloon), petrol (gasoline) 4-cylinder 8-valve flat (horizontally opposed, boxer) engine, OHV (overhead valve, I-head), 1192 cm3 / 72.7 cu in / 72.7 cu in, 22.4 kW / 30.0 hp / 30.0 hp @ 3400 rpm / 3400 rpm / 3400 rpm, 76.0 N·m / 56.1 lb·ft / 56.1 lb·ft @ 2000 rpm / 2000 rpm / 2000 rpm, manual 4-speed transmission, rear wheel drive

units: metric UK US

Basic (general) data

Marque (make)VolkswagenIssued from1955
ModelBeetle de LuxeIssued until
SerieBeetleNumber 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

Length4064 mm / 160.0 in / 160.0 inTotal (curb) weight737 kg / 1625 lb / 1625 lb
Width1537 mm / 60.5 in / 60.5 inDry weight
Height1500 mm / 59.1 in / 59.1 inLoad capacity
Wheelbase2400 mm / 94.5 in / 94.5 inGross (max.) weight
Track frontTowing weight
Track rearWeight distribution (front)
Ground clearanceFuel capacity
Length/wheelbase ratio1.69  

Aerodynamics

Drag coefficient (Cd, Cx, Cw)Frontal area (A)1.96 m2 / 21.1 sq ft / 21.1 sq ft (est.)
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 constructionBore77.0 mm / 3.03 in / 3.03 in
Fuelpetrol (gasoline)Stroke64.0 mm / 2.52 in / 2.52 in
Fuel detailsBore/Stroke ratio1.2
Fuel supply1 So carbEngine displacement1192 cm3 / 72.7 cu in / 72.7 cu in
Engine Main bearingsUnitary capacity298.00 cm3/cylinder / 18.185 cu in/cylinder / 18.185 cu in/cylinder
Cam DesignOHV (overhead valve, I-head)Compression ratio6.1 : 1
SumpMax. output power22.4 kW / 30.0 hp / 30.0 hp at 3400 rpm / 3400 rpm / 3400 rpm
AspirationnaturalMax. torque76.0 N·m / 56.1 lb·ft / 56.1 lb·ft at 2000 rpm / 2000 rpm / 2000 rpm
Compressor typeN/AMaximum rpm
IntercoolernoMax. net output (power at the wheels)9.0 kW / 12.0 hp / 12.0 hp (est.)
CoolantairSpecific output18.8 kW/l / 0.413 bhp/cu in / 0.413 bhp/cu in
Catalytic converternoSpecific torque63.8 N·m/l / 0.56 lb·ft/cu in / 0.56 lb·ft/cu in

Transmission

Transmission typemanualNumber of gears4
Wheel driverear wheel driveTop gear (drive) ratio0.82
  Final gear (drive) ratio4.4

Performance

Acceleration 0-50 mph (80 km/h)Top (maximal) speed
Acceleration 0-60 mph (97 km/h)Power-to-weight ratio40.7 kW/ton / 30.8 bhp/ton / 30.8 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 circle
Suspension frontIndependent, Torsion barSuspension rearIndependent, Torsion bar
Wheels frontWheels rear
Tyres frontTyres rear
Brakes frontdrumBrakes reardrum
Brake diameter frontBrake diameter rear
Brakes detailshydraulicBraked area

Technical specifications and performance data of Volkswagen Beetle de Luxe

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