December 4, 1961, marked a special point in Volkswagen history; the five-millionth Type 1 Sedan rolled off the assembly line in Wolfsburg, Germany. A testament to the little car’s ever-increasing popularity occurred within four years, when the ten millionth version was built in September 1965. Nineteen sixty-one was an important year in the history of an automobile that was quickly earning a reputation for useful under-the-skin engineering refinements and a refusal to stoop to faddish changes in the name of fickle style.
While a redesigned front luggage compartment offered 65 percent more storage space, the 1961 Sedan also gained new front and rear aprons, color-coded running board covers and fender beading, a standard driver’s external mirror, a grab handle and ashtray. The speedometer traded its slightly optimistic 80-mph markings for a wildly optimistic 90 mph.
With this unique Sage Green Color and exceptional clean tan interior, it is certainly an inviting car that brings you close to look at. The Sage green paint is flawless and the mint clean tan interior is very pleasing to the eye. This is special rare Beetle beauty!
ENGINE & TRANSMISSION
Volkswagen’s long-established 36hp, 1,192cc flat-four was redesigned for 1961; the engine maintained its lightweight aluminum and magnesium alloy construction and 77mm x 64mm bore and stroke, but a single Solex 28 PICT 1 one-barrel downdraft carburetor with an automatic choke and a 7:1 compression ratio allowed the engine to make 40hp at 3,600 rpm and 61-lbs.ft. of torque at 2,000. The famously air-cooled engine featured a new air cleaner design this year, and along with the surface-increasing cylinder fins, it relied on oil for dissipating heat; an oil cooler was standard equipment. A six-volt electrical system remained standard, although a non-repeat starter switch was added. Fuel from the redesigned 10.6-gallon tank reached the engine via a mechanical pump, and a muffler with dual exhausts.
WHEELS, TYRES & BRAKES
Sitting perfectly on it’s 15 inch front and rear wheels, with period correct white wall tires.
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