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Buy your VW Beetle wheels here

It’s fair to say that the most commonly changed part of Volkswagen Beetles across the world is the wheels and VW Heritage are the VW Beetle wheel experts, offering a wide range of wheels for all air cooled Volkswagen Beetle models, along with free expert advice on compatibility, fitting and finish. Starting with the most basic, our range of classic Beetle wheels begins with OE (original equipment) Beetle steel wheels to retain that classic stock look. From there though, the world is your oyster. While we appreciate that just about any wheel can be made to fit, given enough time and effort, we at VW Heritage have chosen to focus on an extensive selection of aftermarket VW Beetle alloy wheels that we know do fit, without any significant modification and offer a more personalised style. To browse or buy the parts you need just follow the links above, or read on for further information on our incredible selection of VW Beetle wheels.

Know your VW Beetle wheels

Once again, it is important to know what type of wheel you have on your Beetle. More correctly, what type of VW Beetle wheel bolt pattern. All Beetles built up until 1967 used the ‘wide five’ bolt pattern (that’s a 5-bolt wheel with a 5 x 205mm pitch circle diameter (PCD)). With the introduction of disc brakes on the 1500 model only came a change to a smaller wheel bolt pattern with only four bolts (4 x 130mm PCD). All Beetles from 1968 onwards were fitted with four-bolt wheels.

Though the style of Beetle steel wheel sometimes changed, the bolt pattern did not and all are interchangeable. However, it's easy to fit other types of wheel to both 4 and 5-bolt VW hubs by using parts from our range of re-drilled discs and drums, Beetle PCD adapters and spacers so it is not uncommon to find Beetles fitted with Porsche (5 x 130PCD) wheels. If you are at all unsure what you have, check with one of our knowledgeable sales staff via the ‘live chat’ button and we’ll find the Beetle PCD adapters for you.

Original equipment VW Beetle steel wheels

Our range of OE-style steel Beetle wheels includes both early 5-stud (Porsche 356 style) and later 4-stud (stock Beetle) versions in different widths. Available in both painted steel and fully chromed. These wheels accept all stock and aftermarket VW and Porsche-style hubcaps, as well as VW Beetle wheel trim rings.

Volkswagen Beetle alloy wheels

At VW Heritage we hold in stock all the most desirable aftermarket VW Beetle alloys, including BRM, Fuchs, EMPI 5, EMPI 8, Sprintstar, Porsche 2.0-litre, Enkei and ATS styles. What’s more, we have many of these popular designs of Beetle rim produced exclusively for us, reconfigured to better fit classic Volkswagen Beetles and, in some cases, to last longer than the originals. Most VW Beetle rims we sell are available in painted, chromed or polished finish, and all our exclusive ‘SSP’ range of Volkswagen Beetle alloys come with a two year structural guarantee for unbeatable peace of mind.

VW Beetle wheel accessories

Aside from the VW Beetle wheels themselves, we stock a huge selection of classic Beetle trim rings, Beetle hubcaps, centre caps, whitewall flaps, bolt caps and clips and rivets. We also know how important it is that you use the correct type of wheel nut with whatever style of VW Beetle rim you choose so stock every size and type of Volkswagen Beetle wheel bolt and classic Beetle wheel stud you could need to fit any of the range of Volkswagen Beetle rims we sell, including stock-style wheel bolts ‘tuner nuts’, mag nuts, tapered nuts and Thatcham-approved locking wheel nuts / bolts. If there’s a set of Beetle rims you like the look of, but they aren’t available in your wheel bolt pattern, be sure to check out our wide range of VW Beetle wheel adaptors and spacers.

As always, if you have queries about your VW Beetle wheels, or any of the classic Volkswagen Beetle alloys we stock, or if you just can’t locate the parts you require to fit a particular set of classic VW Beetle rims, click on the ‘live chat’ button or call a member of our knowledgeable sales team on 01273 444 000 at any time during UK business hours.

VW Beetle History

History of the VW Beetle

For 1973 the 1303 remained unchanged, but the smaller models were to undergo their most major changes since 1967. The basic 1200 model received the 1303 rear lights on redesigned rear wings, black bumpers with silver trim in a similar shape to the 1303 style, and the horn grilles had been discontinued.

The 1200L had chrome bumpers, and side trim, through ventilation, two-speed wipers, reverse lights, swivelling sun-visor for the driver, and a driver’s door armrest and pocket. The 1200L was available with either a 34bhp or 44bhp motor. The 1303 was available in a variety of trim levels; 1303A, a cheaply priced version of the “big beetle”, 1303 body style, black bumpers, simple interior fittings, 34bhp motor.

The 1303L, 44bhp, with luxury package, 1303S, 50bhp, the 1303LS, 50bhp and luxury package. During ’72 VW introduced 2 limited editions, 1 based on the 1200, and one based on the 1303, respectively the Jeans (1200cc, yellow, with black “jeans” graphics, and denim trimmed interior) and the Yellow and Black Racer (50hp, leather steering wheel, sports seats, sports wheels, yellow with black bonnet and deck-lid).

1974’s Beetle range was slimmed down, and all the front indicators were moved from the wing tops to the bumper. Rack and pinion steering was introduced, therefore negating the need for a steering damper, a new “bulged” rear valance was fitted to cover the catalytic converter, necessary on US export models.
1975 saw the 1303 model dropped, and VW reverted back to the traditional beam front suspension, and the swing axle at the rear. The Cabrio continues using the 1303 front end.
Two versions of the Sparkafer remain, as 1200cc 34bhp or 1600cc 50bhp, which featured 12v electrics. The larger of the two retains the 1303 vented deck-lid. All cars now feature black wing beading, regardless of body colour.

From 1975 through until 1978, when the Beetle production line was finally closed the car stayed virtually the same, save for a few new colour options which had been introduced on the new Golf model.
Production of the Beetle moved to Puebla in Mexico

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