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  • August 31, 2015

1959 Volkswagen Beetle

1959 Volkswagen Beetle

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SPECIFICATIONS
Body Style: 2 door
Factory Price: $1,675
Production: Total production over 2 million
Weight: 1,850 lbs
Engine: 4-cylinder air cooled
Horse Power: 36
Cubic Inches: 1,192 cc
Wheel Base: 94.5
Transmission: 4 speed floor shift
Brakes: 4 wheel hydraulic

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[column grid=”2″ span=”1″] In 1934 Ferdinand Porsche was commissioned to build a small inexpensive car at the request of Adolph Hitler. Hitler’s masterpiece was a beetle-shaped sedan that was called Volkswagen, German for “people’s car”. The car debuted two years later. The war delayed production of the vehicle until 1949. During the 1950’s the car became known as the VW Beetle, later earning the distinction of the best selling car of all time.

Wolfsburg-based Volkswagen has since gone on to manufacture more contemporary cars though the world’s fondness for the Beetle, or “Bug”, still runs strong. Fondness for the “Bug” justified a 1998 new Beetle that was initially a huge hit in North America. Though new Beetle sales have leveled off in the 21st century, consumer interest in the company’s more practical but still fun-to-drive cars, specifically the Jetta and Passat, has steadily increased.

This “Bug” has the European wicker shelf under the dash and a roof after market luggage rack.
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