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The Beetle was built to be ‘the car’. It was economical, durable, and Many service men who were back to the states brought car back with them. the little Volkswagen Beetle had a reputation for itself in the United as being a very practical The placement of the air-cooled engine it was capable of traveling in the winter due to most of the weight being the rear driving wheels. than 17 million examples imported into the United from Germany during its 41 years import lifespan. that time, the VW Bug experienced minor changes both and aesthetically.

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Pete Lovely opened Lovely Volkswagen in Fife, in 1954. Like many of the time, Mr. Lovely was heavily in racing. In 1955 he won the F-Modified Championship in the famous Pooper, a Special. He repeated the result the next year, enhancing his even further. He was eventually to drive for team owners Edgar, John Fitch, and Nethercutt. In 1959, Pete was to join Team Lotus and was the opportunity to race in Grand events.

During the many decades the dealership, countless Volkswagens and went. In 1977, while the Beetle Sedans were sold, one example caught Mr. eye. The car was finished in Silver a black interior. On July of 1977, the Importer’s and Manufacturer’s of Origin was issued to Pete Volkswagen for this Beetle.

arriving at the dealership, the car was given its sticker and dealership’s license frame and inserts extolling Lovely Volkswagen’ both and rear. It had an optional sunroof and upholstery, and carried a sticker at $3,949. The car never had a change to as it went directly into private collection.

The car received dealer-installed accessories including chrome wheels and radial In June of 1983, a soft-guard was ordered for the car and in May 1985, a new battery was

In early 2013, the car was purchased Pete Lovely’s family just 87 miles from Though millions of Beetles produced, only a limited few can to be essentially brand-new.

The car is powered by a 1,585cc overhead flat four-cylinder engined an Air-Flow Control Fuel system. There is a four-speed gearbox and four-wheel Hydraulic brakes.

By Daniel Vaughan | Dec

The Beetle is perhaps the best-selling car of Truly, a recognizable shape has stood the test of time. The is still being produced in continuing the long-time running

Adolf Hitler was searching for a car that was capable of transporting children and two adults at speeds of miles-per-hour. The car was to be inexpensive, costing the as a motorcycle. Ferdinand Porsche was to produce such a vehicle.

are many theories as to where the originated from. Some Hitler designed the vehicle. theorize that it was Joseph 1920 design that was the inspiration for the Beetle design. had created designs for the Mercedes-Benz which played into the of the Beetle.

Inspiration for the Beetle had drawn from the Tatra mainly the T97, that had designed by Hans Ledwinka. Due to the Tatra launched a lawsuit never really materialized due to invading Czechoslovakia. The lawsuit was re-opened after World War II and was forced to pay Tatra 3,000,000 Marks. This left with little money for of new Beetle models.

The Volkswagen Beetle first on the scene in 1947, but they known by a different name. short for Kraft durch meaning ‘power by joy’, was to these small, gas-friendly In English, the name Beetle was In German, they were as Kafer, and in French they called Coccinelle.

These bundles of joy featured mechanical brakes and a gearbox void of

In 1949 the Volkswagen logo was on the rims. The engine was expanded to cc and was capable of producing 25 horsepower. The that were produced October of 1949 could be without a ‘starting crank’.

Two options were offered by in 1949. The two-seater design, 14A, was penned by Josef The four-seater Type 15 version was and produced by Karmann of Osnabruck. The was vastly more popular and in production for 30 years.

The 14A was stylish and with the major shortcoming a fire that destroyed the where they were produced. The two-seaters featured a deck nearly identical to the hood. The strength of the car, by removing the roof, was amplified by a windshield frame and dual girders located under the In 1953, the last of the Hebmuller off the assembly line, after 696 examples were produced.

In a time when practicality over style, the four-seater was king. The Karmann company had a history of designing and building In business since 1901, was with assembly line benefits and features of different of metals, and the styles of multiple

The mechanical, cable-driven brakes replaced with hydraulic in 1950.

During the 1950’s the saw exterior and interior improvements. saw the addition of arm-rests which discontinued just a few months In 1952, 2nd-4th gears synchronized. The dashboard was redesigned a glove compartment. The rear of the was updated in 1953, receiving a new oval pane window in of its original split rear design. In 1955, the bumper was and electrical direction-indicators were A second tail-pipe was added. The seats became wider and be moved to three different adjustable positions.

In 1956, the tires became Near the end of ’56, side mirrors became standard on all models.

In 1957 the front was increased by 17 percent while the window received a 95 percent A new dashboard, rear view radio, and a speaker appeared. The signals would now turn-off

Up to this point, a roller had been used to initiate This was the year that the gas replaced the roller pedal.

In ivory disc wheels offered.

In 1960, an engine of producing 34 horsepower was offered. The was increased from 74 mph to 87 mph. A washer system became The front directional light was from white to amber.

A gas was added in July of 1961.

In the seats were changed wool upholstery to synthetic. The VW located on the hubcap was no longer The safety of the vehicle was once-again with the enlargement directional

There were minor in 1964. The windows did, become larger.

In 1965, the axle was improved. The ongoing of incremental improvements received chapter — A defroster was added to the center of the dashboard.

The continued to be sold in the United until 1978 with the version was sold until 1980. Sales continued in until 1985. Developing such as Mexico, have developing the Beetle since and the vehicles have remained in since that time.

By Vaughan | Jan 2013

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