The Volkswagen Beetle has survived a dramatic life of ups and downs. Born out of Ferdinand Porsche’s automotive prowess and Adolf Hitler’s economic vision, the Beetle is now one of the world’s most notable icons. With millions upon millions of VW Bugs produced, the Beetle has taken on (and been forced into) many personas: a feminine daily driver, a competent cruiser, a post-war export, a hippie peace-loving-mobile, and much more. Today, we’re digging into the history of the Volkswagen Beetle through the years, one of the biggest icons the automotive world has ever seen.
Though the Beetle will be missed, it will forever be an icon in car history. Check out Volkswagen’s ode, The Last Mile, to the Beetle and reminisce on the good times.