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1955 Austin A 55 vs. 1960 Volkswagen Beetle

To start off, 1960 Volkswagen Beetle is newer by 5 year(s). Which means there will be less support and parts availability for 1955 Austin A 55. In addition, the cost of maintenance, including insurance, on 1955 Austin A 55 would be higher. At 1,489 cc (4 cylinders), 1955 Austin A 55 is equipped with a bigger engine. In terms of performance, 1955 Austin A 55 (51 HP @ 4250 RPM) has 17 more horse power than 1960 Volkswagen Beetle. (34 HP @ 3900 RPM). In normal driving conditions, 1955 Austin A 55 should accelerate faster than 1960 Volkswagen Beetle. With that said, vehicle weight also plays an important factor in acceleration. 1955 Austin A 55 weights approximately 255 kg more than 1960 Volkswagen Beetle. So despite on having greater horse power, its additional weight may have an impact towards its acceleration in comparison.

Because 1955 Austin A 55 is rear wheel drive (RWD), it offers better handling in dry conditions; in addition, if you are looking to drift, it will be much easier to do with 1955 Austin A 55. However, in wet, icy, snow, or gravel driving conditions, 1960 Volkswagen Beetle, being front wheel drive (FWD), will offer much better control with better grip. With that said, do keep in mind that many other factors such as speed and the wear on your tires can also have significant impact on traction and control.

Compare all specifications:

1955 Austin A 55 1960 Volkswagen Beetle
Make Austin Volkswagen
Model A 55 Beetle
Year Released 1955 1960
Engine Position Front Front
Engine Size 1489 cc 1192 cc
Engine Cylinders 4 cylinders 4 cylinders
Engine Type in-line in-line
Valves per Cylinder 2 valves 2 valves
Horse Power 51 HP 34 HP
Engine RPM 4250 RPM 3900 RPM
Fuel Type Gasoline Gasoline
Drive Type Rear Front
Number of Seats 5 seats 5 seats
Vehicle Weight 1055 kg 800 kg
Vehicle Length 4250 mm 4070 mm
Vehicle Width 1570 mm 1560 mm
Vehicle Height 1570 mm 1340 mm
Wheelbase Size 2530 mm 2410 mm


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