Beetle: Volkswagen's Little Giant: From Old Reliable to New Sensation

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Publications International, 1998 - Volkswagen Beetle automobile - 144 pages
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The Volkswagen Beetle story is full of irony, intrigue - and surprise. It is the tale of two cars: the legendary Type 1 bug, which is still being made after nearly 60 years, and the thoroughly modern new Beetle, a nostalgia trip for the 21st century. Beetle presents the continuing saga of the world's greatest automotive success in lively words and hundreds of fascinating photographs. From Nazi German in the 1930's, the book chronicles how a humble little car went from propaganda ploy to economic saviour to international icon after nearly being buried alive in the rubble of war.

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