A Brief History
On July 30, 2003, the last of the “old style” Volkswagen Beetles rolled off the assembly line in Puebla, Mexico, ending the longest and most prolific manufacturing streak of any car platform ever made.
While Toyota fans will claim the Corolla as the most manufactured car model with 40 million units turned out, it must be noted that our beloved Beetle was built on the same basic platform throughout its 65 year run while the Corolla was often changed into a completely different car, merely retaining the name.
A whopping 21,529,464 of these cute and quirky little cars were made, about 2 million more than runner up Ford Model T, making the VW Beetle (or “Bug,” if you will) the Greatest Car of All Time!
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For more information, please see…
Copping, Richard. VW Beetle: The Golden Years 1949-1968. Amberley Publishing, 2022.
Seume, Keith. Vw Beetle: A Comprehensive Illustrated History of the World’s Most Popular Car. Motorbooks Intl, 1997.
The featured image in this article, a photograph by Hasse Aldhammer of the last car of the last model of Volkswagen Type 1, “Última edición”, is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 Unported license.
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