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Volkswagen Beetle Cabrio

1955-1959 Volkswagen Beetle

The Volkswagen Beetle models and truly established the little rear-engine car as part of the American America was becoming the Bug’s away from home, and in Volkswagen United States Volkswagen of America) opened its in a modest two-story building in Cliffs, New Jersey.

Though the Volkswagen Beetle’s price had to a stiffish $1,995 (versus in 1949-1950), Volkswagens accounted for 65 percent of the 51,000 import Americans bought that In 1957, over 50,000 sold.

There is no longer any doubt it, said Road Track in 1956. Dr. Ferdinand Porsche’s ‘people’s car’ has done no other [import] has ever able to do: it has gained an unmistakable in the garages and hearts of the American public. The only mystery is: how did it Especially with practically no advertising? Of the various explanations, the simplest is that the Volkswagen a need which Detroit had a car that is cheap to buy and run, and compact, light and maneuverable yet constructed, and perhaps above utterly dependable and trouble-free.

How true. Against the increasingly overdecorated gas-guzzling fantasies of America, the thrifty, practical Beetle was a paragon of common — almost an anti-car.

Karmann coachworks began Beetle convertibles in 1949. is a 1956 Volkswagen Beetle by Karmann. It seated four.

Volkswagen Beetle Cabrio

It certainly wasn’t snazzy or very roomy, it wasn’t (0-60 mph took over 20 and top speed was just 68 mph), and off the gas in mid-corner could send you off tail-first. But the Beetle was fun to drive, a to park, had no trouble keeping up traffic, and, thanks to improvement, was finished like a and wore like iron. No so many Americans loved it.

In all, the Volkswagen Beetle Volkswagenwerk a very long way in a short time. By 1960 the had added plants in Hanover and and was shipping Beetles as complete-knock-down kits for assembly in countries South Africa (starting in Australia (1954), and Brazil

The car Hitler had conceived for the German had become a car for the people of the entire world. The pride of Wolfsburg had far indeed.

In the Bug’s biggest appearance yet, the 1958 Volkswagen introduced a larger, rectangular window.

2007 Publications Ltd

Volkswagen Beetle Cabrio
Volkswagen Beetle Cabrio
Volkswagen Beetle Cabrio
Volkswagen Beetle Cabrio

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