I had a 74 super. The strut front end was a horrible idea. The torsion bars were indestructible. If I ever get another, it will absolutely be a standard beetle.
I think the diamond plate is just filling the hole from a bumper swap. The original was probably the kind with the crush shock thing and had a bigger hole.
I love simple vehicles (mopeds) and the VW was as simple as a riding lawn mower. Had a very solid feel due to everything being round. Drove through snow like it had tracks.
Wish my garage had one again.