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Beetle
Cabrio

1960

1 192 cm³

4

29,5

140 miles

green

beige

manual

XEEC221038

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Volkswagen Beetle has been completely restored.

The VW Beetle (VW Type 1) is a lower mid -range passenger car from the Volkswagen brand with an air- cooled four - cylinder boxer engine and rear-wheel drive that was built from the end of 1938 to the summer of 2003.

 

On June 22, 1934, Ferdinand Porsche received an order from the Reich Association of the German Automobile Industry to develop the prototype of an economical and inexpensive car, after Adolf Hitler had ordered the construction of a car at the 24th International Automobile and Motorcycle Exhibition (IAMA) in Berlin the previous year affordable cars for the German population, a Volkswagen. The name was not new; Since at least 1905, several models from different German manufacturers have been named Volkswagen in advertising. In particular, the replacement of imported raw materials with products from the German chemical industry should contribute to lowering the production costs of the Volkswagen; for example, the windows were to be made of plastic instead of flat glass , the upholstery was to be imitation leather, and the tires were to be made of Buna .

Officially, the term Volkswagen was replaced by KdF-Wagen (“ Power through Joy ”) when the foundation stone was laid for the Volkswagen factory on May 26, 1938. At the end of 1938, a number of pre-series cars were manufactured, which were used as demonstration cars and shown at exhibitions, but were not delivered to customers. The specially built production facility, also officially called the Volkswagen factory, was not completed until the Second World War .

After the Second World War , when production at the Volkswagen factory, then renamed Wolfsburg Motor Works by the British military government, began in the second half of 1945, the KdF car was given the official name Volkswagen. For almost five years it remained the only model of the later Volkswagen AG and only received the internal designation Type 1 in 1950 with the market launch of the VW Transporter (Volkswagen Type 2).

After the car had been exported to the USA with growing success in the early 1950s and had become popular as an affordable, economical and robust utility car, the mockingly affectionate nickname Beetle, or Bug, became established there. In Germany, the name Beetle only became generally accepted to distinguish it from the 1961 notchback model VW 1500 (known internally as Type 3 ). It was not until the second half of the 1960s that the VW Group adopted the name for its advertising campaigns, which had meanwhile also become commonplace in Germany. If you still said in 1960 that you drove a Volkswagen, it was clear to everyone that the Type 1 was meant; because the Volkswagen factory only built the transporter/bus (type 2) as an additional model.

The term "beetle" is also common internationally, for example in English-speaking countries Beetle or, more rarely, Bug, Kever (Dutch: beetle), Coccinelle (French: ladybird), Maggiolino (Italian: cockchafer), Buba (Serbo-Croatian: beetle), Bogár (Hungarian) and Escarabajo (Spanish). Volkswagen AG adopted the respective designation as the official model name in many countries.

The VW Beetle also has a number of nicknames, in Germany for example Kugel- or Humpel-Porsche, in Sweden Bubbla (Eng.: bubble), in the Dominican Republic Cepillo (Eng.: brush) and in Brazil and Uruguay it has always been spoken of Fusca (engl.: beetle). In Bolivia he is called Peta, in Poland Garbus (dt.: the hunchback), in Turkey Kaplumbağa (dt.: tortoise). After all, in Mexico it is called Vocho (presumably derived from Volkswagen). The 1968 Disney -produced live-action comedy Ein toller Käfer also contributed to the popularity of the car, with its sequels in the 1970s and 2000s. The car had the start number 53 – black on a white disc.

Source: https://de.wikipedia.org