Why We Love Old Beetles
The Volkswagen Beetle, otherwise known as “punch bug” or “love bug”, is one of the most iconic cars in history. Created by Ferdinand Porsche, the original design was inspired by a beetle that he found on his desk. The car was introduced to the public at the New York World’s Fair in 1939 and became an immediate success.
Its popularity grew, even more, when it appeared in Disney’s “Herbie Goes To Monte Carlo” which came out in 1977 – just four years before production stopped. The Volkswagen Beetle has always been loved for its cute shape, but also for its affordability and durability; they were affordable enough to be purchased by almost any middle-class family during their heyday, while still being long-lasting with an average lifespan of over 100,000 miles.
It’s no surprise that these super cute cars are gaining interest once again. Classic VW Beetle for sale can be found on websites like Craigslist, eBay, and even Classic Vehicle Auctions! The classic Volkswagen Beetle has a special place in our hearts. In today’s high-tech world, it’s nice to look back at a time when things were simple and enjoy the great quality of a product that was built to last.
The History of the Volkswagen Beetle
The Volkswagen Beetle was first introduced to the public at the New York World’s Fair in 1939. It was designed by Ferdinand Porsche and influenced by a beetle he found on his desk. The Beetle’s design was initially not well-received because it possessed many unusual features, such as its streamlined shape. However, the car has since become an iconic symbol of fun and affordable transportation.
The Volkswagen Beetle was in production for over 60 years, finally being discontinued in the late 1990s. This iconic car has captured American hearts with its cute design and simple functionality. During its time of production, over 20 million Beetles were sold worldwide. In 2012, Volkswagen officially announced that the classic Beetle would be returning as a special edition model. In honor of its production run of over 65 years, these special edition models have the designation of “Herbie.”
A Little More About Classic VW Beetles
When the original type Volkswagen Beetle was designed in the 1930s, it was intended to be a vehicle for everyone. Thought of as “the people’s car” it was designed to have an air-cooled engine so that the average person would be able to afford a car for everyday use.
The air cooling system on a VW air-cooled engine uses oil for lubrication, therefore the air passing through the vents in the front of your car is warm and dry on cold days. This helps keep your oil evenly cooled and provides better protection from condensation which makes for a better start-up on cold mornings.
In the 1970s, the Super Beetle was designed to have front MacPherson struts to provide front suspension while providing an increase in luggage capacity. The 1974 Volkswagen Beetle featured a rear-located 4 cylinder engine with the fuel tank located under the trunk.
The first 985 cc engine produced just 23.5 horsepower at 3000rpm (below), allowing the early KdF-Wagen to go up to 95 kilometers per hour. Additionally, the early models of the Beetle were offered with a four-speed manual transmission, but later models had the option of an automatic or semi-automatic transmission.
The Volkswagen Beetle was produced in Mexico after production stopped in Germany. The car remained relatively unchanged until 2003 when the final round of models was equipped with numerous safety features to meet specific US regulations.
The Popularity of the Classic VW Beetle Today
The Volkswagen Beetle is one of the most recognizable vehicles in the world. It’s been around since 1938, and it has seen many different iterations over the decades. The original Beetle was a huge success for VW because of its efficiency, reliability, and low price-point. Today, there are people who have owned Beetles their whole lives—and they still love them!
The popularity of the Classic VW Beetle has not diminished over time. In fact, it has been a mainstay of the classic car market since its inception. The Beetle is still popular with all generations and owners have a strong emotional attachment to them for many reasons.
- They are affordable enough to be purchased by almost any middle-class family during their heyday
- Long-lasting with an average lifespan of over 100,000 miles
- Although they are small and compact, the interior space of a Beetle is surprisingly roomy and comfortable.
- Designed with an air-cooled motor that doesn’t require a thermostat;
- There’s no denying the “classic” look of the Beetle.
- It is reliable, dependable, and economical to drive.
The popularity of this car can be attributed to nostalgia as much as anything else; but what’s interesting is that despite being almost universally loved by those who own them, sales were never really high enough to make production profitable. That said, today you can find used Beetles all over the place at very reasonable prices—so if you’re considering the purchase of a classic car, it certainly wouldn’t hurt to check out the options we have up for Auction right now!
How to Find an Old Volkswagen Beetle for Sale
If you are trying to find an old VW Beetle for sale at auction, there are a few things you need to know. First, make sure you know the make and model of the specific car you want. Next, pay attention to the year of the car you want to buy and try to get a feel for the condition and how well it is maintained.
If you’ve been yearning for a Volkswagen Beetle, then Classic Car Auctions has the perfect car to buy! We have many different types of classic cars available including muscle cars, project cars, and more. Whether you’re looking for something sporty like a VW Beetle convertible or classy yet practical – we’re confident that we may have just what you are searching for.
So Are You Ready?
The Volkswagen Beetle has been around since 1938, and it has seen many different iterations over the decades. The original Beetle was a huge success for VW because of its efficiency, reliability, and low price-point. Today there are people who have owned Beetles their whole lives—and they still love them!
The popularity of this car can be attributed to nostalgia as much as anything else; but what’s interesting is that despite being almost universally loved by those who own them, sales were never really high enough to make production profitable continuously.
That said, today you can find used Beetles all over the place at very reasonable prices—so if you’re considering the purchase of a car it certainly wouldn’t hurt to check them out.