I'd had a couple of old-style Beetles prior to getting my first Super Beetles, and the switch from the old torsion-beam front suspension to McPherson strut suspension (this being the primary difference between the Super Beetle and the regular kind) didn't feel all that meaningful while driving. However, the new front suspension made room for lots more storage space under the hood. I'm not 100% sure of the year of this car; it's older than 1973, because the windshield is flat, but I'm not enough of an expert to tell the difference between a '71 and a '72. Maybe some of you can!
The regular Beetle sold for $1,845 new in 1972, while the Super went for $1,985. This was seriously cheap; the $1,798 Toyota Corolla, the $1,992 Fiat 128, the $1,960 Ford Pinto, the $2,017 Plymouth Cricket, the $2,060 Chevy Vega, the $1,828 Opel Kadett, the $2,040 Subaru 1300, and the $1,999 AMC Gremlin were all in about the same price range. Which would you have bought, had you been a car shopper on a very tight budget back then?