Apr
04
1972 Volkswagen Beetle

1972 Volkswagen Super Beetle

Charles Darwin once famously noted, “A man who dares to waste one hour of time has not discovered the value of life.” One wonders if Darwin’s definition of “waste” includes time spent waiting to reach 60 mph from a stop in an especially sluggish automobile.

Collected here are five vehicles that were arguably little quicker than evolution itself—the five slowest cars tested by Consumer Guide in 1972. For a fun contrast, please check out the 5 Fastest Cars of 1972

All performance and technical information presented below, including 0-60 mph test results, is lifted from Consumer Guide: Auto Test ’72. If your evolution as a driver included spending time with one of these vehicular tortoises, please tell us about it.

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Volkswagen Super Beetle: 19.5 Seconds

1972 Volkswagen Super Beetle

1972 Volkswagen Super Beetle

Body Type Tested: 2-door coupe

Curb Weight: 1998

Engine: 50-horsepower 97-cubic-inch four

Transmission: 4-speed manual

Axle Ratio: 4.13:1

 

Chevrolet Vega: 19.0 Seconds

1972 Chevrolet Vega

1972 Chevrolet Vega

Body Type Tested: 2-door coupe

Curb Weight: 2213

Engine: 90-horsepower 140-cubic-inch four

Transmission: 3-speed automatic

Axle Ratio: 3.36:1

 

Datsun 1200: 18.4 Seconds

1972 Datsun 1200

1972 Datsun 1200

Body Type Tested: 2-door coupe

Curb Weight: 1624

Engine: 68-horsepower 72-cubic-inch four

Transmission: 4-speed manual

Axle Ratio: 3.90:1

 

Ford Pinto: 17.8 Seconds

1972 Ford Pinto

1972 Ford Pinto

Body Type Tested: 2-door coupe

Curb Weight: 2074

Engine: 86-horsepower 122-cubic-inch four

Transmission: 3-speed automatic

Axle Ratio: 3.18:1

 

Toyota Corona: 16.6 Seconds

1972 Toyota Corona

1972 Toyota Corona

Body Type Tested: 4-door sedan

Curb Weight: 2195

Engine: 108-horsepower 113-cubic-inch four

Transmission: 3-speed automatic

Axle Ratio: 3.70:1

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