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Old 08-23-2016, 05:57 PM   #11
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Went on my first date in one of those. Double date with my best friend driving.
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Old 08-23-2016, 06:29 PM   #12
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In the mean time, it was the most fun car I ever owned and I did everything and went everywhere in it.
Actually, my first Beetle (before I owned the '66) was a brand new '74 Luv Bug which I paid $2,495 for. Bright orange with cool black trim and bumpers, my monthly payments were $29, if I remember....
In 1976 I drove that thing clear across the country, from L.A. to Bangor, Maine and other parts of New England to visit relatives.
I kept that orange beetle for almost 4 years before I traded it in for something else...
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Old 08-23-2016, 07:56 PM   #13
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One of the best years for Beetles.
Not to mention THE BEATLES. 1966 was a pretty good year for those guys, too.

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Old 08-23-2016, 08:48 PM   #14
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You had to learn anticipatory driving with a Bug. The you're on the highway and you see a hill up ahead yo floor it to gain speed so when you hit the hill you can get to the top at a decent speed. I spent a lot of time in 4th gear with my foot to the floor and just steering as needed.
In the Rockies, the mountains are so tall your running start dies 1/3rd of the way up.
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Old 08-23-2016, 09:00 PM   #15
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In the Rockies, the mountains are so tall your running start dies 1/3rd of the way up.
I can understand that, we don't have Rockies here.
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Old 08-24-2016, 12:06 AM   #16
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We had a '71 Super Beetle when we lived in Denver; when we got passed by a guy on a bicycle in the mountains, we traded it in on a '78 El Camino.
Himself corrected me - I had a '71 Super Beetle. He said whatever engine, etc was in mine had plenty of power to climb steep hills - we drove it a number of times between FL and OH the first couple years we were married. I-77 wasn't completed yet, and we drove quite a few state routes through West VA. Meanwhile, the Datsun 200 we rented when we flew into Tampa barely made it up the entrance ramp to I-75.
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Old 08-24-2016, 01:17 AM   #17
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one thing good about VW's......it sure beats walkin'...
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Old 08-24-2016, 01:37 AM   #18
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one thing good about VW's......it sure beats walkin'...
I am not to sure about that. Read back and there seems to a lot of stories about having to push, getting a running start, not making it up hills, etc.
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Old 08-24-2016, 01:39 AM   #19
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The Super Beetle was great for getting around town, loved it. I did lose it a couple of times in mall parking lots, something big always seemed to park next to me. And you are right, sure beat walking.
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Old 08-24-2016, 01:42 AM   #20
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They were not hills, Addie...we are talking a Mile High at the start and climbing another 2000-3000 feet on steep grades.

At those altitudes, the VW had a hard time getting enough air to breathe.
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