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Updated on April 10, 2012

1938 VW Bug- Beetle

The Peoples Car
The Peoples Car

Today being “green” is a fashionable thing to be, but for the VW Bug “green” has always been in style.

Having had a controversial start, the VW Bug was created as the "people's car" in Germany at the commission of Adolf Hitler during the years of 1934-1935. In reality the car was simply the result of a 1932 prototype developed by Ferdinand Porsche, whose passion for the car had ultimately brought his dreams into fruition. Producing the car of his dreams, it has stayed popular well into the 21st century - easily and by far, the longest production run of any single car design ever. It would evolve constantly, but always be the Beetle, even though that was never it's official name.

VW Bug- Ever wished you owned a Volkswagen?

Honest MPG!

Volkswagen means "the people's car", and the choice of name was not accidental.

The VW Bug was created with the prospect of every German being able to own a car. It was to be produced to be efficient, economical and at a low cost, making it affordable for everyone to own.

It was explicitly conceived to mobilize the typical German family of the Thirties. It optimisticly held five people, who could travel comfortably with their array of baggage. Though small, it was in direct oppositon to the cars produced in the American arena. It cruised easily at 60 mph and had a range of 250 miles. Every component of the original car was produced in Germany with precision German engineering.

Henry Ford II lovingly dismissed it as the "little sh#t box", and was in for a surprise when "the little box" stole market shares from Detroit as it hit the American scene.

Gas prices got you down? Learn the value of a dollar!

VW Bug- Here to stay!

The consumer mentality of the 1950s changed drastically as they fell in love with their VW Bug.

"In the Fifties, along with their non-conformist tweed jackets, American intellectuals who disdained the gigantism of mile-long and expensive Buicks, Cadillacs, and Dodges adopted it as their symbol." Alessandro Pasi

According to the National Automotive Dealers Association survey of import ownership which was taken in 1956-58, VW Bug customers in the United States simply bought them because they were cheap; 88% of the consumers said they were "cheaper to operate", 60% said they would have bought a domestic car if one had been available at a similar price.

The ownership of the car was not initially an emotional decision, but quickly became one by the mid- 1950s. In 1956, Popular Mechanics wrote, "What is there about this small, ugly, low- powered import that excites people all over the world and makes every owner talk like a salesman?" After talking with hundreds of owners the same magazine concluded that, "these owners actually have fallen in love with a car."

1946 VW Bug

Conceived and improved...
Conceived and improved...

VW Bug- Why mess with perfection?

VW Bug - Simple

Changes in the VW Bug During the 1950s

  • 7-1-1949 Birth of the Export model, high-gloss paint job, chrome trim, front hood could be opened from inside with a safety lock.
  • 4-28-1950 Type 11A model, operable canvas sunroof optional.
  • 1-6-1951 Side air intakes for ventilation, telescopic rear shock absorbers, enameled Wolfsburg crest on the rear hood, cushioned armrests for the rear seat only (only on the export model and only at the end of 1951.)
  • 10-1-1952 Smaller wheels(5.60-15"), vent windows, bumpers and bumper guards modified, two brake lights combined with position lights and turn-signal indicators.
  • 3-10-1953 Enlarged oval rear window with no central mullion.
  • 12-21-1953 New 1192 cc, 30 horsepower, 3400 RPM, 7.7 mkg engine. Started with a key rather than a button on the dashboard. The breaking-in period for the engine is eliminated.
  • 8-1-1955 Double exhaust pipe, sunroof in plastic fabric, new rear lights and turn signals mounted higher on the back fenders. US regulation reinforced bumper introduced.
  • 8-1-1957 Rear window and windshield enlarged, new shape for the rear hatch lid, nose-shaped hood over the rear license light.
  • 8-1-1958 External rear wiew mirror standard.
  • 8-1-1959 Stationary door handles with pushbutton operation. Anti-roll bar on the front axle.

In the 1960s the VW Bug reached "cult" status.

"In the Sixties, flower-children, and hippies found in the little, versatile Beetle- extravagantly painted and individualized- a tool for protesting consumerism (such as the traditional car, wife, and career found in many sit-coms of the day.)" Alessandro Pasi

Reaching "cult" status in the 1960s, primarily because of quality, appearance, ease of repair, and increased advertising campaigns, customers began to build a "relationship" with their car.

According to Life magazine the Volkswagen was thought of as, "a member of the family that just happens to live in the garage." Popular Mechanics interviewed a businesswoman who called her VW Beetle "the first major love affair of my life."

This made the stage ripe for Walt Disney to produce the popular movies about Herbie, The Love Bug, which eventual became a series.

The California Classic 1960 VW Bug

The original beach car!
The original beach car!

VW Bug- Easy to Drive

VW Bug- Quality, it's the little things!

Changes in the VW Bug in the 1960s

  • 8-1-1960 Window-cleaner mechanism, asymmetrical low beam lights, semaphore turn signals replaced by flashing bulbs, 1192 cc, 34 horsepower, 3600 RPM, 8.4 mkg engine, automatic starter. Tank enlarged from 22 to 36 gallons.
  • 8-1-1961 Rear lights in two sections. Fuel gauge, counterbalanced front hood.
  • 8-1-1962 Wolfsburg crest eliminated from the hood.
  • 8-1-9163 Crank-operated sliding steel sunroof, larger and rectangular cowling over the license light.
  • 8-1-1964 Glass surface area enlarged; windshield wipers rest on the left, engine hood opened by push-button.
  • 8-1-1965 Perforated wheel rims, flat rather than rounded hubcaps, new 1300 cc engine, letter F, 40 horsepower (the 34 horsepower, 1192 cc engine becomes letter D; the 30 horsepower A is for the economical Standard version.)
  • 8-1-1966 New 1500 cc engine, letter H and 44 horsepower, rear track enlarged, rear hood modified, license light changed, thinner chrome molding, new door locks. Disk brakes on the front wheels standard for the 1500, optional for the 1300.
  • 8-1-1967 12-volt electrical system, vertical front headlights, new ventilation system, three-point anchoring of the seatbelts, rear belts, plastic knobs, steelplate (stronger) bumbers, external fuel inlet on right side.

In the Seventies and Eighties the VW Bug becomes a collectable.

Due to the "gas shortage" in the 1970s and rising gas prices of the 1980s, new manufactures arrived on the automotive scene giving the VW Bug a run for its money. Companies like Honda, Datsun, and Toyota produced by Japan brought products that were functionally superior in terms of price, quality and technology.

Being manufactured in Mexico instead of Germany, the VW Bug was soon to be gone.

In 1980 the last Herbie movie was made, and only 33 cars were sold in 1981. The VW Bug had finally died. In 1985 Beetle imports from Mexico finally terminated.

Was the VW Bug Dead? No way! The VW Bug was destined to become a collectible. From California to the Old World, clubs, and associations were started, as were whole newspapers dedicated to "old faithful", as the little Volkswagen was called in Germany.

VW Bug- Luxury and Economy

1973 Super Beetle- VW Bug

The VW Bug- Reliable!

Changes Made to the VW Bug in the 1970s

  • 8-1-1970 New model, nicknamed the Super Beetle (imprint 1302) with enlarged baggage compartment and horizontal rather than vertical spare tire. McPherson style front suspension. New engines: 50 horsepower 1600 cc (letter AD), and 44 horsepower 1300 cc (letter AB). Dynamic circulation with forced rear flow on the Beetle, too.
  • 8-1-1971 Better ventilation, supplementary air intakes on the rear hood.
  • 8-1-1972 New Super Beetle (imprint 1303) with panoramic windshield and new curved dashboard. Rear window surfaces enlarged.
  • 8-1-1973 The 1304 has a negative ground. Standard Beetle with bumpers painted black.
  • 8-1-1974 Rear turn indicators no longer on the fenders but integrated into the bumpers.
  • 8-1-1975 Beetle L with chrome bumpers and hub caps, rims painted silver, backup lights, forced-air ventilation, padded dashboard.
  • 8-1-1978 End of sedan model production in Germany; Mexican made Beetle begins export to Europe.

VW Bug- Air Conditioning and all the frills!

VW Bugs- Why change?

The 1990's saw the resurrection of the VW Bug.

In January of 1994 "Concept One" was presented at the Chicago Auto Show. and in 1995 another version was shown at the Tokyo Salon. By 1996 the New Beetle appeared at the Geneva Auto Show and in the spring of 1998 was finally merchandised in the United States. This gave the VW Bug customer a chance to show their emotional loyality.

The Future VW Bug

In 2009 what does Volkswagen have in store for us?

The next generation Bug will still be concerned with the original "green" issues that it had at its inception, but will be updating its body style to make a more dynamic statement. It will be available in three different versions: coupe, convertible and pick-up. Watch for more information to come.

In 2010 Volkswagen adds a new "Backward Hybrid", diesel and electric!

Volkswagen is now ready to build a plug in hybrid and willing to put up the cash to do it! A "Twin Drive" Golf powered by a 122 horsepower diesel engine and 82 horsies of electric motor is set to be the next production car from Volkswagen ready by 2010. VW plans on spending $769 million on the project, helped along by a $23.5 million program put in place by the German government to help along such development.

"The car, which uses the electric motor for primary power, supplemented by the diesel motor and regenerative braking for extra juice, should be able to squeeze about 31 miles out of its Sanyo-developed lithium-ion batteries in all-electric mode."

Volkswagen once again on the cutting edge.

What's new for the 2012 Volkswagen Beetle

VW Bug Owners Unite

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    • rodney southern profile image

      rodney southern 9 years ago from Greensboro, NC

      I loved my bug! Great hub. Wish I still had that little booger.

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      Wbisbill 9 years ago from Tennessee USA

      Very interesting - great hub. thumbs up from a fan!

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      In The Doghouse 9 years ago from California

      rodney,

      I loved mine too! I wish I still had it!

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      In The Doghouse 9 years ago from California

      Wbisbill,

      Thanks for your nice comment, and for being a fan!

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      Zsuzsy Bee 9 years ago from Ontario/Canada

      My friends husband get her a new 2000 bug in a bright grass green with a large 'wind-up-key' attached to the trunk. She still loves her 'love-bug'.

      congrats great hub

      regards Zsuzsy

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      solarshingles 9 years ago from london

      I've got so very fond memories to one old white Bug of my uncle. We also call it Volkswagen Beetle or Herbie (53) from this famous film. Truly a wonderful car. I also like these new reincarnation, which is on the market now.

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      rmr 9 years ago from Livonia, MI

      Good job! You sure put together a lot of interesting info in a short time. Loved it! It has to be the perfect car considering the direction gas prices are taking.

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      In The Doghouse 9 years ago from California

      Zsuzsy,

      Such a cute idea, a picture would have been so perfect for this Hub! lol Thanks for visiting.

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      In The Doghouse 9 years ago from California

      solarshingles,

      One of the VW Bugs we owned when I was a teen was made into a cute "dune buggy". that brings fond memories to my mind too.  I too like the new ones that are going to be coming out!  It is a classic car.  Thanks for visiting and commenting.

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      In The Doghouse 9 years ago from California

      rmr,

      I think the VW Bug is the perfect car! lol It was fun finding all the vintage commercials and checking out the gas prices and concerns. I guess some things will never change! lol Thanks.

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      Kathryn Skaggs 9 years ago from Southern California

      My first love drove a VW Bug... dark blue -- had an 8-track and surfer racks! He picked me up everyday after school and we would head to the beach! LOL

      Fun hub Doghouse.

      tDMg

      LdsNana-AskMormon

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      In The Doghouse 9 years ago from California

      Nana,

      There is nothing like a surfer in a bug! lol You rock!

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      Stephanie Hicks 9 years ago from Bend, Oregon

      In the Doghouse, this is an amazing article! You put a lot of work into it and it is a true treasure for bug-lovers! I am very fond of Volkswagon cars (I had a Rabbit and then a Passat in my pre-kid days). I'd love a convertible new Beetle. I can dream...

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      In The Doghouse 9 years ago from California

      Steph,

      I am with you, a convertible Bug would be heaven! lol Thanks for your compliments.

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      Roberta Kyle 9 years ago from Central New Jersey

      Ahhh doghouse-- this one brings back fond memories. Thanks

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      In The Doghouse 9 years ago from California

      robie,

      For me too! I am glad you liked it! :)

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      DJ Funktual 9 years ago from One Nation Under a Groove

      WOW. Well beyond the call of duty! Great job.

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      donnaleemason 9 years ago from North Dakota, USA

      One of my friends had one. Boy it was kinda noisy. Our favourite game on roadtrips as children were to count "Lovebugs".

      Don't see them so much any more which is a pity.

      Loved the Herbie movies as a child too.

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      cgull8m 9 years ago from North Carolina

      Great post, I didn't own a Bug but would love to have one. I used to ride in my friend's car, I loved it.

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      In The Doghouse 9 years ago from California

      DJ,

      I am so glad you liked the Hub. Thanks for visiting.

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      In The Doghouse 9 years ago from California

      Donna,

      They used to have a really distinct sound, didn't they! lol We also counted "Lovebugs" in a game called BEEPER, as we traveled. How funny, I had forgotten completely about that! In California we still see tons of BUGs in my area...and I love them still the same. Thanks for stopping by and leaving a comment.

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      In The Doghouse 9 years ago from California

      Cgull8m,

      At the present time I do not own one either! :( Am waiting for the cool new 2010's! lol I would love a convertible. Thanks for commenting.

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      Michelle Simtoco 9 years ago from Cebu, Philippines

      WOw! WHat a well researched hub Diana. Two thumbs up! :) I don't own a bug but my auntie does and she looked so cute driving it..esp for a sixty year old lady. :)

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      In The Doghouse 9 years ago from California

      Hi Michelle,

      Welcome home, we missed you on the Hub! Thanks for the vote...it was quite a bit of work, but fun at the same time, to write this one. lol I hope I get to drive a bug when I am 60..go auntie go!

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      Michelle Simtoco 9 years ago from Cebu, Philippines

      Yes and she drives pretty slow Diana. As in. But she doesn't mind as she just focuses on the road. What a fiesty lady! If you do drive a bug when you are 60, I would love to sit beside you then. HAHAHA I missed you all too.

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      In The Doghouse 9 years ago from California

      Come to the US and we will go for a spin! lol

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      Michelle Simtoco 9 years ago from Cebu, Philippines

      lol Who knows? Maybe someday that will come true. lol

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      In The Doghouse 9 years ago from California

      I would love it! My family and I welcome visitors all the time...we have the guest room ready on demand! lol

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      jimcrowthers 9 years ago from Port Charlotte

      Wow, great article! Love the video.

      Thanks for posting!

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      MSE-5 9 years ago

      I had a 1971 super beetle about 10 years ago (pre-marriage/kids) and had allot of fun. Cold in the NE winters but I dealt. I saw one for sale today on my way to work, not sure what year but with gas prices as crazy as they are I might look into purchasing it. I'm sure the mileage is allot better than my SUV. Great site and article.

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      In The Doghouse 9 years ago from California

      Jim,

      Thanks for visiting!

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      In The Doghouse 9 years ago from California

      MSE-5,

      Bugs are sooo fun, you can just jet around in them and goooo! I now drive an SUV too, but miss the fun "zippy" days of driving. lol Thanks for your compliments on the Hub.

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      Cailin Gallagher 9 years ago from New England

      My childhood memories are all about the bug. Four kids in a bug....we all love the bug!

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      In The Doghouse 9 years ago from California

      Cailin,

      Sounds like a party! lol Gotta love the bug!

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      Sherri 9 years ago from Southeastern Pennsylvania

      Fantastic hub! My first bug was a '61, which my mother gave me after it had about a million miles on it because she had driven it nearly to death...but that was the cool thing...you really couldn't kill those bugs. The second was a '63, again from my mother (yes, she was a bug fan), and the third, a '65 which I bought used and totaled shortly thereafter.

      There was a local race track near where I lived as a teenager. I raced my '63 bug there, and fantasized that I'd grow up to be a VW salesman (the term "saleswoman" wasn't invented yet). But then, college happened, and the '63 bug, which I plastered with period vinyl flower decals, got me back and forth to school.

      I could go on and on about the wonderful memories.

      I learned to drive a stick shift in those cars, how to change a fan belt (the fan belts snapped regularly, so you had to carry one or two spares with you), change a tire, and extricate the car from a snow bank (with the engine in the rear, the car was close to a "rear-wheel" drive). Actually, a couple of big boyfriends could just lift it out of the snow.

      Such nice memories, and such an informative hub. Great history and details!

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      marisuewrites 9 years ago from USA

      My bug was a 73 bright orange. I loved/hated it as it vapor locked oh me all the time and the acoustics inside didn't allow you to talk due to motor noice. Me,??? NotTalk??? You see the dilemma. I won't say how old I was then....LOL

      it saved my life as I slid on ice inbetween 2 lanes of traffic, circling and circling....never hitting a single car, and Sally---- people came to my aid in the median and DID nearly lift the car out and back onto the road. LOL

      Another strange similarity between you and me....ah I remember it well....in Chickasha Oklahoma. The little orange lovebug... beep beep...

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      SirDent 9 years ago

      Very good hub about VW bugs. One thing I didn't see, unless I just missed it, is a bug with a Rolls Royce grill on it. My high school math teacher had one of those type bugs.

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      In The Doghouse 9 years ago from California

      Sally,

      You really were raised by Bugs! lol My husband's cousin races Bugs to this day. It is a great hobby for some. It really was the first rear wheel powered car, making it really good in sand and snow...they made great dune buggies too. Thanks for the comments.

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      In The Doghouse 9 years ago from California

      marisue,

      Vapor locking was a total problem in California because of the heat! lol Fire in the engine compartment could result also, you certainly had to be careful. The noise was also an issue too. All that said, they are great little cars. lol Thanks for reading.

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      In The Doghouse 9 years ago from California

      Sir Dent,

      Oh my goodness, I remember those Bugs with the different grills. lol lol I had almost forgotten about that little add on! Thanks for the memory!

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      Jim Ames 9 years ago

      Excellent Beetle presentation. Super!

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      In The Doghouse 9 years ago from California

      Jim,

      Thanks for the compliment! Welcome to Hubpages.

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      ProCW 9 years ago from South Carolina

      I've never had a "VW Bug." I did own a "VW Rabbit" before. It was fun to drive... but something, as I was driving down the interstate literally fell out of it and bounced behind me. Anyway, nice VW Bug presentation.

      I think I'll wait for them to get a little more "Green" before I go out and get one though. :-)

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      In The Doghouse 9 years ago from California

      ProCW,

      Wow! I hope it was something important. lol Thanks for your comments.

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      DJ Funktual 8 years ago from One Nation Under a Groove

      I must say, my father worked as a supervisor at an exterminating company fro 20 years so I was expecting something to make my skin crawl but this was really great!

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      In The Doghouse 8 years ago from California

      DJ,

      No not any crawlie things here, just cute little Bugs! lol Thanks for your comments!

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      Peter M. Lopez 8 years ago from Sweetwater, TX

      Nice take on "bugs". I'm sorry I'm a bit behind in my reading. My roommate in college was about 6'5" and about 300lbs. and he drove a 1974 bright orange VW bug...and he loved it??? VW owners are loyal almost to a fault.

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      In The Doghouse 8 years ago from California

      Peter,

      Thanks! I think that VW Buggers are a loyal breed to say the least! I believe that it would have been quite a sight to see your roommate in that Bug! lol

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      Dottie1 8 years ago from MA, USA

      Loads of memories here. Great hub. I too was a VW owner. I had a '71' canary yellow super beetle with a stick shift. It was my first car and I bought that little baby for $2,000.00. It cost me $2.00 to fill the tank.

      A friend of mine, also a VW owner, could make her bug dance and she taught me how to make mine dance too. We also wanted to find out how many people could fit in a volkswagen. The record was 11 kids packed in like a can of sardines. Thank God we had enough sense not to drive this way!!!!

      I sold my baby bug 10 years later, 1981. I just couldn't depart. It sold for $100.00. I still have a picture of my VW on my most memorable picture board.

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      In The Doghouse 8 years ago from California

      Dottie,

      Can you believe that there was a time when a tank could be filled for $2.00? lol

      I loved the canary yellow bugs, they were so cute. Once a bug owner, always a bug owner! lol Thanks for the visit.

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      rbnstr08 8 years ago from Philippines

      The VW Beetle has been a real quality car until manufacturing was made in Brazil by 1974, if I am not mistaken. Prior to that the quality of the Beetle is tops and stories even circulated that other top car manufacturers has gone to the point to completely disassemble a Beetle bought outright from a showroom. It was said that they were surprised to find that down to the smallest screw, it is made of quality steel!

      It was when the Brasil units were marketed that brought down the quality of the VW Beetle, save for the engine. It was the body parts that were of very low quality and worksmanship.

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      dread240 8 years ago from virginia

      I love bugs :) Always have, just never owned one personally.. great site and great info

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      clint 8 years ago

      Never owned But drove one many miles,Company I worked for owned one.They weren`t designed for cold country. like to froze.But did enjoy that bug was great on the pocket book

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      jmmoore321 8 years ago from Utah

      The new ones are ok but I LOVE the old ones! My mother-in-law dreams of getting an old bug and restoring it including putting in a Porsche engine. When we strike it rich my husband plans on fulfilling her dream :)

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      Ricardo Nunes 8 years ago from Portugal

      I´m with jmmoore, the older ones had a glamor that I can´t find on the new beetle. Who knows, maybe some day I will get one and restore it...

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      Shirley Anderson 8 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      I think the originals looked like a German helmet. :) I used to work with a woman that was nuts about VW Bugs, she even had one tattooed in a spot that doesn't normally show.

      Unless they come out with an automatic, I'll never have one - can't drive standard.

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      sixtyorso 8 years ago from South Africa

      Great Hub. Great memories of the sixties, seventies and eighties. We had a couple and my son customised one to include a whale tale and a 1500CC engine.

      But the brakes and losing a fan belt where the biggest risks.

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      Lilymag 8 years ago from Upstate New York

      Love Bugs!!! Great hub, brings back memories! Thanks!

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      Misha 8 years ago from DC Area

      Not a big fan of bugs, but the hub is definitely one of the best around. Is it a flagship?

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      In The Doghouse 8 years ago from California

      Thanks for all the kind words and the experiences about your very own VW Bugs! To answer your question Misha, nope. Thanks again for the visit.

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      sherlynavia 8 years ago from United States

      Very Informative! Came across new things which I havn't known yet. Thanks for the hub!

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      Nate 8 years ago

      '59 Ragtop

      '62 Sedan

      '74 Thing

      '72 Bus - I learned stick in that monster!

      Lots of memories. Thanks for the reminder!

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      Rebecca Graf 8 years ago from Wisconsin

      Great info. Brings back fun memories. Everyone has wanted to own a beetle at some time or another.

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      earnestshub 8 years ago from Melbourne Australia

      I owned a 1958 beetle. It had more design faults than any vehicle I have ever seen outside the Ural mountains.

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      knell63 7 years ago from Umbria, Italy

      I adore all three big little cars, beetle, mini cooper and Fiat 500 but there is something about the bug that sets it up there. Great run through on a classic car.

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      F1 Fan 7 years ago

      My first car was a VW Beetle and I have such great memories from that time.

      Thanks for this nice page.

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      Shannon Paulk 7 years ago

      Wow, so many of us had a VW as their first car. They are reliable and attractive vehicles today with a colorful history. I'll never forget the day I accidentally burned my leg on a VW beetle exhaust pipe when I tried to sit on the back bumper!

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      jim 7 years ago

      im about to buy a 1971 super convertibal. loved the page

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      mamasmartie 6 years ago

      My son just bought me a 1970 Canary Yellow bug!!! I am just waiting for it to get back from being tuned up and I can hardly wait to drive it! This is my dream car!

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      Boss 6 years ago

      hey i just baught a 1975 1303S bug and im lovin ittttttt ...... its a great car i think i aint ever gona sell it

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      csman77 6 years ago

      The 1970 was my favorite year, but the new turbo beatles are pretty fun!

      www.challengernut.com

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      74Bug 6 years ago

      I have owned several volkswagens, (85 Golf diesel, 86 Cabriolet, 99 Passat Turbo,03 Jetta Turbo) and always wanted a beetle. been trying to get one for over 10 years and finally got a 74 last week! Can't wait to get it running and back on the road. All volkwagens are great cars, and fun to drive.

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      Del 5 years ago

      Bought my first bug in Anchorage,Ak in 67,I think in was a 59 model.Drove it home to Redfield,Ar it was 4200 miles.Believe it or not I only gave $106.00 for it,I did have to rebuild the engine first.I wish I still had it,it was a great car.I now own a 71 Bug & a 74 Westy.Lots of fun with this site!

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      Eric Hartman 5 years ago from Greensburg, Pennsylvania

      Even though I know VW history like the back of my own hand, I somehow never get tired of reading about it. I've had several of these wonderful cars and wish I could keep them all. I have one now that I am doing a ground up build on and hope to have it road worthy by August of this year. I've also written a Hub on what to look for when purchasing a classic Beetle. Feel free to take a look.

      Great write up. Voted UP and Awesome!!!

      ~E~

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