The Volkswagen Beetle is probably the most famous car in the world. The German automobile giant Volkswagen made the first Bug in 1938 and continued selling them for 65 years! Volkswagen did not change the design of the Beetle over this time, and this makes the Beetle the highest selling car (of the same design) in history. More than 21 million Beetles were sold worldwide, and many of them are still on our roads today.
The Volkswagen Beetle was designed to be a mass produced affordable car for the German people. Ferdinand Porsche, the man who founded the original Porsche motor company, had the idea for this vehicle. Ferdinand Porsche was given the order to create the first Volkswagen by Adolf Hitler in the mid 1930s. Adolf Hitler, wanted a cheap car for citizens of Nazi Germany. Adolf Hitler was of course later responsible for World War 2 and the death of tens of millions of people. The first production of the Beetle was in 1939, however this was at the same time as World War 2 was starting. The Beetles were used as military vehicles by the German army.
Volkswagen Beetle Cabriolet
At the end of World War 2 in 1945 the Volkswagen Beetle was finally produced to be sold to the public. The Volkswagen factory in Wolfsburg was manufacturing more than 1000 cars a month, and by 1955 the 1 millionth Beetle had been sold. Manufacturing continued in Germany until 1978, after which production of the Volkswagen Beetle moved to Brazil and Mexico to save money. The last Beetle was made in Mexico in 2003.
The Volkswagen Beetle is also special for a number of technological reasons. Firstly, the engine is in the back of the car, and secondly the engine is air cooled. Most cars have an engine at the front and are water cooled. The Volkswagen Beetle Cabriolet has always been an admired and popular car. Cabriolets are cars that have a retractable roof so you can drive with the top down and enjoy the breeze! The Volkswagen Beetle will finally be remembered for the Herbie series of films - about the number 53 Beetle that seemed to have a life of its own!
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