Hey, im just started getting interested in air cooled cars. Im looking for a 1960-67 beetle. Ive scene some beetles advartised as made in Germany. Which ones are made in Germany? Are the rest all made in mexico maybe brasil? Also im looking for a cal-look beetle im not looking for a project but dont mind doing some work, as long as the paint and body are good. im looking to spend 3500-4000 is this reasonable. I will also be using the car for a daily driver and some 200 mile trips now and then, is a beetle ok for that?

Thanks for all help,
Chris
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Wayne
Chris,

If you are looking for a 60's Beetle then whatever you get in North America will have come from Germany (unless someone has imported one from another country). Beetles were also made in Australia, Mexico, Brazil, South Africa and other places around the globe. If you're looking for a Cal-look Beetle hopefully you'll get one that the motor has been redone or replaced or you'll be cruising those 200 miles at a slow pace. Don't worry about your Beetle being dependable, they were all designed to "travel at 100KPH all day long". As far as the price goes I'm sure you can find something in that price range, just make sure to get a shop that knows air-cooled Volkswagens to check it out for you. You might want to read this article, courtesy of SuperBeetles.Com.
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Thanks for the info, Good article. The article was saying some beetles would be better than others to lowerer, but it didnt say which ones would be better. Which style suspention should i look for to go with the cal look? also does lowering a beetle cause it to loose a lot of its handling ability? And if you could tell me which eninges came in what years and how they perform would be great.

Thanks again,
Chris
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Wayne
Cal-Look Beetles are based on the Standard Beetle and the lowering of one should make the car handle and corner better. The only problem is you'll be going dead slow over bumps, train tracks and driveways so you don't bottom out. You can lower either a Standard or Super Beetle it is just done in different ways.

You could do up a German-Look Beetle. This is where you get a Super Beetle, lower it, apply lots of Porsche goodies (including paint, wheels and motor) an zip around town in that. If you keep the stock motor in what ever you buy you'll have a 1200cc in the early 60's Bug (later 60's have a 1300cc or 1500cc)and a 1600cc in a 1970+ Beetle. The larger stock engines will let you keep up with traffic but you won't set any speed records.
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