The Beetle!!!!

On this day in 1972, the 15,007,034th Volkswagen Beetle comes off the assembly line, breaking a world car production record held for more than four decades by the Ford Motor Company’s iconic Model T, which was in production from 1908 and 1927.

The history of the VW Beetle dates back to 1930s Germany. In 1933, Adolf Hitler became chancellor of Germany and announced he wanted to build new roads and affordable cars for the German people. At that time, Austrian-born engineer Ferdinand Porsche (1875-1951) was already working on creating a small car for the masses. Hitler and Porsche later met and the engineer was charged with designing the inexpensive, mass-produced Volkswagen, or “people’s car.” Hitler’s plan was that people could buy the cars by making regular payments into a savings stamp program. In 1938, work began on the Volkswagen factory, located in present-day Wolfsburg, Germany; however, full-scale vehicle production didn’t begin until after World War II.

In the 1950s, the Volkswagen arrived in the U.S., where the initial reception was tepid, due in part to the car’s historic Nazi connection as well as its small size and unusual rounded shape (which later led to it being dubbed the “Beetle”). In 1959, the advertising agency Doyle Dane Bernbach launched a groundbreaking campaign that promoted the car’s diminutive size as a distinct advantage to consumers, and over the next several years, VW became the top-selling auto import in the U.S. In 1998, Volkswagen began selling the highly touted “New Beetle” while still continuing production of its predecessor. After more than 60 years and over 21 million vehicles produced, the last original Beetle rolled off the line in Puebla, Mexico, on July 30, 2003.

I can’t claim to have owned a Beetle, I have own three or four VW buses and campers. They were basically the same mechanically, easy to maintain and run. How many of my readers have own a Bug???  Did you or would you buy a car from this man???He offers guarantees
Cheers and keep reading


About irishroverpei

Author of "Lily & Me", "The Royal Navy & Me" and Chapter XXl Armageddon. Writer, blogger and RN Submariner, antique automobile enthusiast.
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2 Responses to The Beetle!!!!

  1. canuckcookie says:

    Ben I have been the proud owner of 1 Bug a 1956 VW Cabriolet (Convertable) I drove it for 3 years all over Europe Top speed maybe 50MPH down hill. But it was a great car. When I left Germany for a tour of Duty at the SChool in Borden I gave the keys to a fellow cook. 2 Years later I am posted back to Germany and he gives me the keys back, A Great car easy to maintain no gas guage but a dipstick. Then in Calgary I bought my first VW Van, which I passed onto my son Mike when he reached 18 and he drove it to South America where it is still in repose today. Great cars Great memories other smaller cars I have owned Lada Jeep, Simca 1000GT, 1959 Morris Minor convertable loved them all. Danke Herr Porsche

    • irishroverpei says:

      Hi Robby Pity you didn’t have the 56 VW Cabroilet and Morris Minor conv now, they’d be worth a few dollars!! Yours Aye Ben

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