No. 140: No Love for This Bug

It was called the “people’s car,” or volkswagen. Its origins date to the late 1930s, when a restive Germany and its fanatical leader dreamed of world conquest. In the early and mid-1940s, the rear-engine vehicle was part of that global war effort. In the late 1940s, the people’s car renewed life as civilian transportation. By the early 1960s, the VW – people called it the “beetle” — began showing up on American roadways. By the end of that decade, it ruled the roads – some painted in factory colors, others featuring flowers.

This VW appears to have been made around 1964; its flat windshield dates the machine to that era. It’s a wagen waiting for people in Blairsville, 99 miles north of Atlanta.

Published by oldcarguy

Sisyphus in a fedora.

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