1971 Volkswagen Super Beetle
This 500,000 mile survivor was purchased new at Suburban Motors in Hornell, New York. It spent one year in New York, then made a cross country journey to Concord, California in 1972. It remained in California until 2007 and has spent the last 5 years in Las Vegas, Nevada. The car is still owned by the same family since new! 1971 is the first year of the Super Beetle, alongside continued production of the "standard" Beetle, a Type 1 variant which featured MacPherson strut front suspension and a redesigned front end. Officially known as the VW 1302 from 1971 to 1972, and VW 1303 from 1973 onwards, but commonly called Super Beetle, the new stretched nose design replaced the dual parallel torsion bar beams which had compromised trunk space and relocated the spare tire from a near vertical to a low horizontal position. The redesign resulted in a tighter turning radius despite a 20 mm longer wheelbase, and a doubling of the front compartment's cargo volume. As with previous models, air pressure from the spare tire pressurized the windshield washer canister, in lieu of an electric pump.