Volkswagen Beetle

Designed by Dr. Ferdinand Porsche in the thirties and constructed largely unchanged for nearly 50 years, the Volkswagen Beetle was initially inspired by America’s Ford Model T – an affordable ‘People’s Car’ of attractive design and reliable construction. Mass production, worldwide exportation, and an unmistakable design made the tiny VW ‘Käfer’ an instant icon of popular culture.

In many ways, the seven years of VW history from 1958 to 1964 were perhaps the greatest. The conquest of the American market, a trendsetting advertising campaign and the remarkable development of a worldwide chain of distributors all contributed to the Beetle’s surge in popularity. It was also during this period that the Beetle, a car from overseas, gained widespread acceptance in the United States with a model that was much more practical than its predecessors. Motor Trend described it as a “…a car that breaks sharply with tradition, and does so with undeniable competence.”

This car was auctioned off by RM Auctions in January of 2009 at the Arizona Biltmore Resort & Spa, Phoenix, Arizona.

40bhp, air-cooled 1,192 cc four-cylinder engine, four-speed synchromesh transmission, independent front suspension with upper and lower control arms and transverse torsion bars, rear suspension by swing axles with trailing arms and torsion bar, four-wheel drum brakes. Wheelbase: 94.5"

Source: RM Auctions

Photo Credit: Simon Clay

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