Over 80 illustrations. This volume follows the amazing history of the Volkswagen Beetle, the popular bug which has become an American icon. Starting with its beginnings in pre-World War II Germany and its introduction into the United States in 1949, the story of how it came to be embraced by the American motoring public unfolds. Also featured are the distinctive Karmann Ghia, the beautiful Hebmuller cabriolet, the Microbus, and the Type III Notchback, Squareback, and Fastback models. This absorbing tale, illustrated with 88 full-color photographs, comes to its conclusion with the debut of the sleek and racy New Beetle.
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