The VW Beetle: A Production History of the World's Most Famous Car, 1936-1967

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Penguin, 2003 - Transportation - 170 pages
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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Contents

Porsche and the Early Volkswagens
3
Hitler and His Peoples Car
11
The Beetle Goes to War
28
The British Save the Beetle
37
The Reign of Heinrich Nordhoff
47
The Beetle Comes to America
57
The Beetles Golden Era
64
The Beetle and Latin America
72
1952
111
1953
116
1954
120
1955
123
1956
126
1957
129
1958
133
1959
135

Other BeetleBased Models
76
VOLKSWAGEN BY THE NUMBERS YEAR BY YEAR MODEL CHANGES
91
1945
93
1946
95
1947
97
1948
98
1948
99
1949
100
1950
105
1951
108
1960
139
1961
143
1962
148
1963
151
1964
153
1965
157
1966
161
1967
167
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Ryan Lee Price is the editor of VW Trendsmagazine and a noted authority on vintage Volkswagen Beetles.

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