A Visual History of the VW Beetle
The VW Beetle has earned a devoted following from both VW fans and occasional car owners over the course of its long history, becoming an iconic vehicle around the world. The Volkswagen Beetle, also known as the Type 1 or T1, began its illustrious history in Germany as the "people's car," or Volkswagen. The Ferdinand Porsche-designed T1 was known by several titles in addition to its German name, Kafer, because of its curved shape and link with affordability.
VW Beetle - The Evolution
Volkswagen & The War Effort
With the start of World War II, Volkswagenwerk GmbH is experiencing significant financial difficulties. Priority is given to armaments' interests over the projected production of public cars. Ironically not one German civilian received a KDF Wagen as part of their gallant stamp-collecting efforts. In turn, funds were put towards mobilising the German army with the Type 62 which shared the same platform as the KDF-Wagen.
Without The Beetle There Would Be No VW
VW's international emergence was only made possible due to the VW Beetle. It was offered for sale in 46 nations by 1952, and over the years, it was manufactured on assembly lines in 14 nations other than Germany. With 10.3 million vehicles produced last year, Volkswagen is currently the largest automaker in the world. Without the Beetle there would be no VW!