Bee­tle ma­nia

The Observer - - Comment & Analysis -

Volk­swa­gen is to stop mak­ing the Bee­tle next year. Here is a look at the history of the car, the first of which was built in 1938...

1998 Twenty years af­ter Ger­man pro­duc­tion of the orig­i­nal model ended, Volk­swa­gen un­veiled the “New Bee­tle”.

1968 The Bee­tle boomed in pop­u­lar­ity af­ter Her­bie first fea­tured in the Dis­ney film The Love Bug.

1951Orig­i­nal VW Bee­tles lined up at Volk­swa­gen’s main plant in Wolfs­burg, Ger­many.

2012 A re­design, in­clud­ing a flat­ter roof, at­tempted to at­tract male buy­ers.

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