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Volkswagen 1200 `Beetle', 1964 MY information summary

What body style?
sedan/saloon with 4/5 seats
How long?
4064 mm
How heavy?
739 kg
What size engine?
1.2 litre, 1192 cm3
How many cylinders?
4, Flat
How much power?
40.6 PS / 40 bhp / 29.8 kW @ 3900 rpm
How much torque?
88 Nm / 65 / 9 kgm @ 2400 rpm


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1964 Volkswagen 1200 `Beetle' technical specifications


This car has a 2 door saloon (sedan) body style with a rear mounted engine supplying power to the rear wheels.
Its 4 cylinder, overhead valve naturally aspirated engine has 2 valves per cylinder and a volume of 1.2 litres. It musters power and torque figures of 40 bhp (40.6 PS/29.8 kW) at 3900 rpm and 88 Nm (65 lbft/9 kgm) at 2400 rpm respectively.
A 4 speed manual gearbox transfers the power to the wheels.
The Volkswagen 1200 `Beetle' weighs a stated 739 kg at the kerb.
1964 Volkswagen 1200 `Beetle' data
Volkswagen 1200 `Beetle', 1964 MY data
Body type4/5 seater sedan/saloon
Number of doors2
dimensions & weights
Wheelbase 2400 94.5
Track/tread (front) 1308 51.5
Track/tread (rear) 1289 50.7
Length 4064 160
Width 1537 60.5
Height 1500 59.1
Ground clearance 152 6
length:wheelbase ratio 1.69
Kerb weight 739 kg 1629 lb
Weight distribution
fuel tank capacity 39.8 litres 8.8 UK Gal 10.5 US Gal
Drag coefficient
Frontal area
engine type naturally aspirated petrol
Engine manufacturer Volkswagen
Engine code
Cylinders Flat 4
Capacity 1.2 litre
1192 cc
(72.74 cu in)
Bore × Stroke 77 × 64 mm
3.03 × 2.52 in
Bore/stroke ratio 1.2
overhead valve (OHV)
2 valves per cylinder
8 valves in total
maximum power output
40.6 PS (40 bhp) (29.8 kW)
at 3900 rpm
Specific output
33.6 bhp/litre
0.55 bhp/cu in
maximum torque
88 Nm (65 ft·lb) (9 kgm)
at 2400 rpm
Specific torque
73.83 Nm/litre
0.89 ft·lb/cu3
Engine construction
compression ratio 7:1
Fuel system 1 So carb
bmep (brake mean effective pressure) 927.7 kPa (134.6 psi)
Maximum RPM
crankshaft bearings
Engine coolant Air
Unitary capacity 298 cc
Aspiration Normal
Compressor N/A
Intercooler None
Catalytic converter N
Acceleration 0-80km/h (50mph)
Acceleration 0-60mph
Acceleration 0-100km/h
Acceleration 0-160km/h (100mph)
Standing quarter-mile
Standing kilometre
Maximum speed
Power-to-weight ratio 54.88 PS/g
40.36 kW/g
54.13 bhp/ton
0.02 bhp/lb
Weight-to-power ratio 24.78 kg/kW
41.38 lb/bhp
fuel consumption
Fuel consumption
universal consumption (calculated from the above)
litres per 100km
km per litre
Carbon dioxide emissions
Carfolio Calculated CO2 ?
VED band (UK)
CO2 Effizienz (DE)
Engine position rear
Engine layout longitudinal
Drive wheels rear wheel drive  
Torque split N/A
turns lock-to-lock
Turning circle
Front suspension I.TB.
Rear suspension I.TB.
Wheel size front
Wheel size rear
Tyres front
Tyres rear
Brakes F/R Dr/Dr
Front brake diameter
Rear brake diameter
Gearbox 4 speed manual
Top gear ratio 0.89
Final drive ratio 4.37
general ID39391
Production total
Model code
Model family
RAC rating 14.7
Insurance classification No information available
Tax band No information available
1964 Volkswagen 1200 `Beetle' added before December 1995.
Last modified 2013-02-28.

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