The VW Beetle: A Production History of the World's Most Famous Car, 1936-1967
The world's most popular car, Volkswagen-or "the People's Car"-has earned its place in history. The VW Beetle chronicles the development and rise to worldwide popularity of the famed "punch-buggy," invented in Germany in the 1930s. This peculiar history includes the makings of all models, engines, and body styles through 1967-and the key people responsible for its development.
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VOLKSWAGEN BY THE NUMBERS YEAR BY YEAR MODEL CHANGES
added American April August Austro-Daimler Auto Auto Union backrest Ben Pon Body bumpers cable carburetor changes Chassis Numbers Chassis/Unit Numbers Modification chrome clutch Convertible cylinder Daimler-Benz dashboard Date Chassis/Unit Numbers December December 31 deck lid diameter door Electrical Engine Numbers equipped Export Model factory February fenders Ferdinand Porsche filter fitted Front Axle front hood front seats gear Germany headlights heat Heinrich Nordhoff Hitler increased intake Interior Ivan Hirst January 18 July June Karmann Karmann-Ghia KdF-Wagen knob Kübelwagen lever lock March metal mounted Nordhoff November Numbers Modification January October panel pedal people's car percent pipe plant plastic plate Porsche Porsche's Produced between January production prototypes Rear Axle rear seat rear window redesigned replaced rubber seal September side small car Solex speedometer spring steering wheel sunroof Super Beetle suspension switch torsion bars Transmission tube turn signal Type valve vehicle Volkswagen Volkswagen Beetle washer welded Werlin Wolfsburg Zündapp