Cult ap­peal prices some VWs way out of our bud­get, but £10k still bags you a great ex­am­ple – in­clud­ing some real bar­gains!

Classic Car Weekly (UK) - - Volkswagen At 80 - WORDS David Brown PHOTOGRAPHYMagic Car Pics & CCW Archive

For a com­pany that orig­i­nally bal­anced its for­tunes on a sin­gle sa­loon de­sign, Volk­swa­gen re­ally does of­fer an as­ton­ish­ing range of clas­sics to choose from.

Ger­man dic­ta­tor Adolf Hitler was a strong sup­porter of the Peo­ple’s Car and when open­ing the Ber­lin Mo­tor Show in 1937 he op­ti­misti­cally de­clared that pro­duc­tion prepa­ra­tions were well un­der way. The re­sult­ing dis­tinctly curved sa­loon was nick­named the ‘Bee­tle’ by the peo­ple who saw and bought it, and the com­pany duly adopted that ti­tle.

Volk­swa­gen turned its at­ten­tion to pro­duc­ing mil­i­tary ve­hi­cles dur­ing World War II, which in­cluded a Bee­tle with four­wheel drive and an am­phibi­ous chas­sis. Fol­low­ing the war (and un­der Bri­tish Army con­trol), Volk­swa­gen went on to pro­duce a ba­sic Bee­tle with a 25hp, 1131cc en­gine, which it called the Type 1.

It may have been pop­u­lar with buyers, but few could have pre­dicted that it was des­tined to be­come an all-time best-seller.

There’s still a great stock of Bee­tles out there – plus many of their fine suc­ces­sors – so why not own a piece of his­tory?

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