It was summer of 1932 when the future leader of Germany, Adolf Hitler, was sketching something that would give his people more job places. It was a scketch of first Volkswagen’s car ever: Volkswagen Beetle.
Officialy the Volkswagen Type 1, is a two door, four passenger, rear engine economy car manufactured and marketed by German automaker Volkswagen from 1938 until 2003.
CURIOSITIES about Beetle:
1) An unchaged aircooled original Beetle lasted for 58 years in production! That is a record hard to beat!
2) Beetle can flow: Beetle’s gaps were thight and the doors were sealed weel which added to the fact that it could float for even several minutes after hitting the water.
3) Beetle’s engine was used for flying. Many specialized car builders supply it still today for small tourist aircraft with small modifications.
4) Too good! Around 1950 Heinz Nordhoff promised to give a gold watch and a souvenir nameplate to all the Beetle owners who had exceeded 100.000 Km with no significant repairs or alterations to the engine. What happened? He had tostop the campaign because everybody succeded!
5) Pininfarina never wanted to change Beetle’s design since for them it was beautiful just the way it was. Even though they have tried to design some modification, in the end they decided to enlarge the rear window for about few centimeters and leave all the rest exactlly as it was.
6) Beetle won so many international rallies: Montecarlo Rally in 1954; East Africa Safari in 1953, 1954, 1957 and 1962; Sweden Rally in 1956; Mobilgas Trail’s race of 14.000 Km in 1956 and 1958; Round Australia Rally in 1958; 1000 Miles race in 1967, 1968 and in 1969;
7) Beetle won Guinness of sumpremacy in 1997! It is a car with highest endurance and the one that has covered the most kilometers and is still running is a 1963 Volkswagen Beetle that belongs to Albert Klein from Pasadena, California, U.S.A. Until 25th January 1994 it had covered 2.434.575 kilometers.
8) Beetle “Escape from Berlin” was a very special model of Beetle designed with modified fuel tank making space out, which allowed a person to bie hidden in order to go beyond the Wall in the western part of Berlin. Fifty people succeded and today we can find it in the Museum of Check Point Charlie.
9) A four wheels bug is the nickname Germans gave to the Beetle but there so many others nicknames given by other countries: Maggiolino in Italy, Beetle in America and England, Käfer in Austria, Switzerland and Germany, Kever in Belgium and in the Ntherlands, Buba in former Yugoslavia, Escarabajo in Spain, Carosca in Portugal, Fusca in Brasil, Coccinelle in France, Bubbla in Sweden and Sedan in Mexico.
Since then Beetle has changed and this is how beautiful it is today: