This car is a legend. That’s all we have to know. We don’t need numbers and figures to prove the charisma of an icon, we just know. However, the Volkswagen Beetle has so much to say, and they’re not just boring facts, but a cool story to how it became our favorite bug. Maybe that’s why we came to love it in the first place. So why don’t we refresh our memories and take a road trip back to where it all happened, then arrive at why we think it is indeed legendary. Seatbelts?
Told you this would be interesting. Even Hitler’s a fan! This was taken in 1938, three years after Dr. Ferdinand Porsche, the man beside Hitler and the mastermind of the Beetle’s unique design, created the Volkswagen which means “people’s car” in German. He later created his own line of cars and named it after him. Ring a bell?
The VW Beetle became more popular as people noticed its bizarre form. They thought it looked like a bug because of its big headlights, similar to two big eyes! After the Second World War, it was introduced to the United States and people of all ages started buying it. The Volkswagen truly came to be the “people’s car”.
The Beetle later became art on wheels as it was massively transformed by hippies as a rolling master-peace. Together with its cousin the VW Microbus, they turned out to be the ultimate Woodstock mobile during the 60’s. Artists, Musicians, and hippies alike, rolled with their own versions of a psychedelic beetle urging the era of love, peace, and harmony. How cool is that?
And of course, who would forget this goofy little fella? Herbie might be cute and all, but he becomes a speed freak when he starts to rev up, perform stunts, and win races! When this movie boomed in 1969, the VW Beetle was also adored by the young generation. Just like the movie “Cars” nowadays, kids were amazed on how a small car gets to win races (and wink at them!), while adults were hooked with the more technical aspect and even started using its parts for actual race cars. Enter Formula Vees!
These race cars used the Bug’s engine, transmission, and suspension. It was convenient for them back then since the Bug became widely cheap and easy to find. They also came up with the “Super Beetle”! The basic shape stayed the same but the engine was boosted giving greater horsepower, there’s more space in the trunk, and it has larger fenders and taillights. They continued improving the Beetle until a brand new one was born.
This is the modernized version of our Love Bug created in 1999. It still owns an animated personality just like the classic one, but gives off a more mature and sophisticated appeal without losing its one-of-a-kind style. Now, are you ready for the Space Beetle? Just Kidding. We don’t have that one yet (but it would be badass to see one, right?). What we do have is the latest one they’ve designed for 2014.
Presenting the Beetle Turbo Convertible sculpted from powerful cosmetic enhancements. It’s an extensive package composed of performance-inspired perks and detailed sleek. You can still sniff the original one’s charm, but this one’s created to suit our contemporary needs. What a beauty!
Re-designing the Beetle is like a noob going head to head with the Godfather. The chances are slim. But why do people still applaud the Beetle despite of its evolution all throughout the century? May it be the name, the design, the movie, or its story, the Love Bug lives on! It’s legendary, and that’s all we need to know.
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