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The Last Beetle. Again.

The End of an Era. Again.

The little car with a BIG story that took 80 years to complete. It started in the heavily bombed town of Wolfsburg Germany after the end of World War II and it ended at the Volkswagen Plant on July 10, 2019, in Cuautlancingo, Mexico. What happened in the 80 years in between is as interesting as its beginning.

It’s been a long, strange trip. Originally conceived by Adolf Hitler as the “people’s car” — or Volkswagen, in German — the Beetle eventually became the most popular vehicle in the world.

The little car has come back from the dead twice before, however, and a senior VW official has suggested one should “never say never”when it comes to bringing the Beetle back to life yet again.

If you’re interested in the production history of the Volkswagen beetle this article published today by NBC News, tells the interesting global story of the 80-year history. 

The era ends when I say it ends…

I’ve had my bug for about 5 years. She’s beautiful. She’s my happy place. When I drive her she makes me calm, and when people see the little red bug coming their way I can see the smile on their face.

It’s not uncommon to have people want to share their “bug” stories with me.  If you’ve ever owned a beetle, you know there’s always a story attached to it…it’s not just a car.

Then there’s the official “I see you” bug wave when passing another beetle driver. I don’t know why I love that, but I do.

If you have two sturdy mutts harnessed in the back with the top down, it is guaranteed to generate many smiles and waves, people will even roll down their windows to talk. Add some happy music and I dare you to pass us and not smile.

There’s only one rule. My husband and I have banned all Eagles music while driving the bug together.  Why?  Those skeevy couples from the Cialis commercials.  Yuk.  Till then, if you see us on the road. Don’t forget to wave!

 


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