Those air cooled engines have two major flaws for your application.

Weak to non-existent heat.

Valve adjustment interval is every 2500 miles, IIRC.  That means laying on the 
cold wet ground in the winter, if you don't have a garage, or a lift.
-- 
Max Dillon
Charleston SC
'87 300TD
'95 E300

On June 7, 2015 8:51:50 AM EDT, Curt Raymond via Mercedes 
<mercedes@okiebenz.com> wrote:
>Lazy like Sunday morning. I spent all day yesterday getting home from
>LA. About ready to go get breakfast, then go kayaking. Later today I'm
>going to check out a VW Beatle a friend has for sale. Non-rusty 1970
>auto-stick. I've never actually driven a Beatle and never seen a
>working autostick so I'm interested. Its short money so I might grab it
>as a replacement for my unloved rusty 190D. It might make a flash at
>ChowdaQ this year. Although if it did I'd have to go a day early to
>deliver all my gear...
>

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