Tag Archives: Volkswagen Beetle

The Beetles and Other Cars of Puebla But Especially the Beetles

Recently, I was down in Puebla, Mexico for the Final Edition of the Volkswagen Beetle, even though I don’t really believe it’s final at all. Puebla is significant to Beetle-fetishists because the Puebla plant built Beetles (or, as they’re called in Mexico, Vochos) from 1967 until the (real, air-cooled) Beetle’s end in…

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I Don’t Believe the 2019 Volkswagen Beetle Final Edition Will Be Final Because It’s the Ninth Time VW’s Said That

I just got back from Puebla, Mexico, where Volkswagen told me, with some gravity, that a storied line of cars come to an end with the 2019 Volkswagen Beetle. This didn’t have too much of an impact on me because (1) as far as I’m concerned, the Beetle died in 2004 with the last of the air-cooled ones, and (B)…

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The 1933 Proto-Beetle Designed by a German Jew Who Was Erased From History Has Been Restored

You may recall the tragic story of Josef Ganz, the very influential German motor journalist and engineer who was one of the several people who were developing cars in Germany in the 1930s that would directly and heavily influence the design of the famous Volkswagen Beetle. Ganz was written out of history by the Nazis,…

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Dead: Volkswagen Beetle

Volkswagen, a company that has essentially stripped its most iconic model, the VW Beetle, of most of its identity over the last couple of decades, is throwing in the towel with a new Final Edition for the 2019 model year.

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I Finally Have Access To a Shop! What Should I Fix On My Terrible Volkswagen?

My knuckles are cut up. My back is sore. My fingernails are scrubbed. It’s been a while since I’ve wrenched on my car, and now I don’t want to stop.

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The Airhead Parts Treffen Had So Many Good Air-Cooled Volkswagens Your Head Will Explode

I was gone most of last week because I was unable to work for medical reasons, as I was suffering from a prolonged, full-body freakout of joy caused by being surrounded by so many air-cooled Volkswagens that my limbic system over limbic’d or whatever it does. All those VWs were part of the Airhead Treffen, a 1700-mile…

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I Used A Volkswagen Beetle To Commit Political Guerrilla Warfare 

Dave’s unbreakable Volkswagen Bug was a political guerrilla weapon. The battle was with the local prosecutor who hated 1960s student demonstrations and subsequently charged students under the Joseph McCarthy-era Indiana State Anti-Subversion Act. I began college in the fall of 1963 and quickly fell in with like-minded…

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This Photo Of An Effigy Of A Volkswagen From Nazi Germany Reveals A Very Strange Story

As an unapologetic Volkswagen obsessive, I feel like I’ve seen almost every old, archival photo of the prehistory of the iconic Beetle, even the disturbing and difficult ones from the car’s birth under the Third Reich. Of course, I haven’t seen everything, and occasionally I’ll encounter a truly unexpected photo that…

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My Beetle And I Will Be On Television So Please Prepare Accordingly

Are you a television set owner/operator and uncertain as to what manner of audiovisual information you should play back through your device? If so, I have a suggestion: on April 30 at 10 PM, there’s going to be a show on the Discovery Channel that, improbably, has decided to feature me and my 1973 Volkswagen Beetle.…

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German Tuner Builds Mid-Engined 210 HP Old-School Beetle Roadster Because Life Is For The Living

Memminger is one of the best Volkswagen Beetle restoration companies out there. They’re somewhat unique in the vintage Beetle restoration world because they tend to focus on the generally less-loved Super Beetles, but the cars they produce are outstanding. This time they’ve taken things a bit further, re-imagining a

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