Extermination of the old "Beetle"!

  1. Today is a sad day throughout the automotive world. The old beetle (VW type) will no longer be in production.

    An automotive icon, spanning several decades. My first one was a 1957 model. While living in Germany in the mid 60's, the family car was a Beetle, the turn signals were arms that extended from the side of the body (semaphore signals).

    The car that became the VW Beetle originally was conceived by Hitler while he was imprisoned in 1924 after an attempted coup. He conceived of an inexpensive car that typical German families could buy. They could be driven along the sweeping highways that Hitler wanted to build across Germany.

    Guess I will have to get one of those new fangled soft top Beetles.

    bob

    http://money.cnn.com/2003/07/30/pf/a...ex.htm?cnn=yes
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  2. 10 Comments

  3. by   jnette
    Yeah.. really IS sad. I'm a beetle fan myself..(heh, BOTH the cars and the singers!)
    My first car was a used pale blue beetle back in '72 and had several since.. one was a white custom "chopped bug" with the rear cut off , a sunroof and woodplank bumpers... "BAHA", I believe they were called...

    and still have the old pea green one sitting up at the farm, hidden by the alfalfa in the fields up there.. this one we drove to Va. some 20 years ago when we moved here...
  4. by   Rustyhammer
    My first car was a '63 bug. I drove it 100k miles and traded it in for a Mazda RX-7 in '76.
    That bug would go ANYWHERE!
    -Russell
  5. by   unbridled
    The car I learned to drive in was a '65 black bug. Loved that car. And I once had 7 people and a tuba in it! It wasn't a convertible either. When I was in high school, I used $3 of my $5 allowance to put gas in it and it had to last me a week. Of course, that was mid 70s when you could buy a hamburger, fries, and a coke for .95 cents.
  6. by   dianah
    You mean, even the new VW beetles?? The newly-designed (within the last 5yr or so) ones??? They're so cute!! What a loss!
  7. by   Danamegg
    Hubby bought his Beetle in 1976 - his first car for $360. It has been revived after 2 accidents and we still have it. My son used it when his car was stolen last year, while we were waiting for the insurance to pay out. He even got a speeding ticket while driving it.

    The new Beetle seems nice, but misses the point because it is no longer an affordable car. (I believe it is only the production of the old-shaped Beetle that has been stopped.)
  8. by   H ynnoD
    I Owned one once.When I was in High School me and my dad rebuilt the engine in one that a hippie owned.Painted all kinds of colors with Jesus loves you on the doors.Was fun to drive around.The one I had was a BaHa.Always had problems with it.
  9. by   Tweety
    Times change I guess. But that was a cute car. I remember seeing a lot of them on the road in Mexico and commented "I thought they don't make those anymore". Someone told me that they do in Mexico. They are wildly popular there I guess.

    I like the new ones though too.
  10. by   jnette
    Originally posted by dianah
    You mean, even the new VW beetles?? The newly-designed (within the last 5yr or so) ones??? They're so cute!! What a loss!
    No, not the newer models. Just the "original" old ones. Yesterday was the last day for rolling off the assembly line in Mexico.

    BOOOOOOOOHOOOOOOOO !!!

    The new ones ARE adorable, too.. especially teh convertibles ! mmmmmm.. a nice little yellow one, convertible soft top ! Cute !

    But true about the price and functionality.. just not the same.. no matter how cute !
  11. by   night owl
    Cheeses, I thought they stopped making those when the newer models came out. Haven't seen a new older one out there. Maybe I'm just not "out there" enough.
  12. by   P_RN
    We didn't see the Mexican ones because they didn't meet US pollution standards. Or that's what the papers say anyway.

    Our first Super Beetle cost us $2100 in 1971. It was powder blue. The way you ordered them was to give a color and when that color VW arrived at the dealer they'd give you a call. When we had our second child we decided "it was too SMALL" and practically gave it away in a trade for a Pontiac. Grrrrr.

    About 3 years ago we got our daughter a Shantung Yellow 1971 Super Beetle and it cost $1800. Not much depreciation there huh?
    She gets her parts from Colorado and has found a local mechanic who keeps it purring for very little money. The rear deck was rusted so she scoured the countryside and found a replacement and took the old one to LOWE'S and had them match the color!! It's not noticeable at all.

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