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The end of the new Beetle

This story I picked up from the BBC news a while ago

Beetle: Volkswagen’s iconic car comes to the end of the road

The 2012 Volkswagen Beetle sits on display

Volkswagen is ending production of its Beetle in 2019, closing the door on one of the world’s most iconic car designs.

The German company said output would end at its plant in Mexico next July after production of celebration models.

The Beetle has its roots in Nazi Germany with the creation of a “people’s car”, but went on to star in a series of successful Disney films as a vehicle called Herbie.

But sales, particularly in the key US market, have fallen in recent years.

Consumers in the US have increasingly turned to larger cars such as crossovers and sports utility vehicles.

Volkswagen, in the wake of the diesel emissions scandal and huge investment in electric vehicles, says it will look to slim down its model range with a greater focus on family and electric cars.

The company say the final Beetle models will be available in both coupe and convertible styles.

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Image captionThe iconic design found fame in the 1960s as Herbie in The Love Bug – a character revived in 2005

“The loss of the Beetle after three generations, over nearly seven decades, will evoke a host of emotions from the Beetle’s many devoted fans,” said Hinrich Woebcken, chief executive of Volkswagen Group of America.

The Beetle was originally designed in the 1930s by legendary engineer Ferdinand Porsche – a name now synonymous with fast cars – at the behest of Adolf Hitler, who wanted to see a cheap and practical mass-produced car made available to the German people.

But the outbreak of war would stall its production, as military necessity took precedence.

The plant would be severely damaged, then fell into the hands of allied forces – who were eventually to play a large part in its recommissioning.

Nazi leader Adolf Hitler (1889 - 1945) inspects the new, Volkswagen "people's car" at the Fallersleben car factory, 27 May 1938Image copyrightGETTY IMAGES
Image captionIt was intended as a family saloon for the average German worker

Production began to take off in the late 1940s, and by 1955 a million of the cars were driving on German roads.

The design would find international fame in the 1960s and ’70s in films featuring Herbie the Love Bug, a racing car with a mind of its own.

It was also popular with the 1960s counter-culture types who extolled the Beetle’s small, practical, but aesthetic qualities.

Production of the Beetle has ceased and then been revived several times over the decades, with the last of the original design rolling out of VW’s Mexican factory in 2003.

The “New Beetle” redesign, which was based on VW’s Golf, stormed the US market in the late 1990s, selling more than 80,000 in 1999.

Vintage Volkswagen Beetle carsI
The company is already thought to have reviewed a possible model revamp and options for electric versions in recent years, before deciding on its abandonment.

But Mr Woebcken didn’t completely rule out that the model could one day be resurrected: “Never say never.”

Volkswagen sold 11,151 Beetles during the first eight months of 2018, down 2.2% from the same period a year earlier.

US consumers looking for a small Volkswagen vehicle overwhelmingly prefer the Jetta sedan, or the Tiguan compact sport utility vehicle.

A new load of quality sheetmetal arrived

Every month we get at least one 40ft container of our top quality weld through primer sheetmetal, this month was no exception…

Some cool new items, what will be featured soon on our Friday Product update, but first…. unpack…:)

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Container loaded to USA

Shippers supplied a 40ft instead of a 20ft so we had plenty of place for the speedster and the scooter to ship to USA, nice view uh? Who leads the pack???…:)

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Is Bob’s speedster sold??? No, it just goes on a West Coast Holiday! Follow our blog and join in for that adventure in a couple of weeks from now…

Pick up of a 1959 Double cab

I talked with the guys from this double cab for a while… so nice hidden under their carports…

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Ok the deal was made, so let’s pull it out…

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and on to the trailer!! Come on Baby a new life is awaiting you!

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Cool! even on this small picture You see the Seemed side gate!! the other gates are in the car… as are the doors…:)

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I wrapped it up , but that didn’t work that well, although i must agree it looked cool!…:)

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So I towed it home without wrap…:) This baby is for sale, it is cheap, especially for what it is, but this early (Dec 1959) You will not find many!! It needs all the welding and comes already with some new strong metal parts for the chassis!

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Ok starting the big trek South now, Two more stops, are you comin’ along?