Without a doubt, the most influential compact car to land on U.S. soil was the now-legendary Volkswagen Beetle, affectionately nicknamed the “Bug” by a smitten American public. Officially known at first as the Type 1, the Beetle evolved from the prewar KdF-Wagen, translated as “Strength through Joy”. Conceived from the experiments of Project 12 at the Porsche facility, engineers settled on a revolutionary rear-mounted engine with a simple yet effective platform chassis. The car underwent countless revisions, and 30 prototypes were built by 1935. Eventually, the Series 38 design would embody the Beetle, as we know it today.
In its heyday, the Beetle was praised around the world as a model of affordable yet delightful practicality. This 1200 cc example will continue to receive the highest acclamation wherever it is showcased.
This car was auctioned off by RM Auctions in March of 2009 at the The Ritz-Carlton, Amelia Island, Florida.
36bhp, 1,192 cc horizontally-opposed air-cooled four-cylinder engine, Solex one-barrel carburetor, four-speed manual gearbox, independent front suspension with transverse torsion bars, rear suspension by swing axles with tailing arms and torsion bars, and four-wheel hydraulic drum brakes. Wheelbase: 94.5".
Source: RM Auctions