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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.