Where you there? Did you see it? The Detroit 1994, Automotive Car Show, they reintroduced The Volkswagen Beetle to the world. This time with a little twist. Now that the new Volkswagen Beetle has hit the market, there is a renewed interest in the old bug. The new Beetle has a waiting list of months before you can receive your vehicle after you place your order. People are showing a big interest and comparing the old bug with the new model. So now some people would like to know more things about the original Beetles. The introduction of a new, modern, and great VW Beetle has inspired a huge array of interest in the history and development of the original VW Beetle. People ask about how it came about, where they originated, and how it's different from other cars. Other questions are about it's engineering, how it is put together, and how it works.
The first prototypes were tested during the late 1930's in Germany, around 1937. Most of these cars didn't have a rear window because Volkswagen had to make some cost cuts to meet Hitler's required selling price. Hitler wanted a cheap economy car. The Beetle was designed by Porsche in the early 30's. They designed it to be the peoples car. Volks means people and wagen means transportation in Germany. This meant that even the low budget man could afford a car like this. Hitler's engineers might have taken it a little too far with the economic issue eliminating the rear window. It's amazing that they used the same basic shape for 35 years (Automobiles, Antique 25).
Although World War II slowed down the development of the Beetle, it did not hamper the sales. The Volkswagen Bug also looked great! Maybe a little unconventional but still appealing. This is why people fell in love with the car. The Beetle soared in sales. In the 1950's this was the car to have. The Beetle stayed popular and on top until Ford came out with the Mustang in 1964. Then in 1978, Volkswagen discontinued making the Beetle. One of the reasons was that it just wasn't that safe. In a head on crash there is almost nothing between you and the oncoming car. Volkswagen's are still made in Mexico & Brazil today. The Beetle's career as the best selling automobile in history came to an end nationally (Volkswagen 52).
Today there is something new. It's the new Beetle. The first prototype model of the new beetle came out at the Detroit Auto Show in 1994. There was a lot of talk so Volkswagen jumped right into making plans to get this model on the market. It's water cooled instead of air cooled and it's front-wheel drive. The one thing that is the biggest difference is that the engine is in the front of the car instead of in the rear trunk area as in the earlier original models (VW Trenas 5).
People that collect old cars want to show them off, so they have clubs that meet regularly. The major clubs are Antique Automobile Club of America, The Horseless Carriage Club of America, The Veteran Motor Car Club of America, and The Automobile Old Timers. The Volkswagen Clubs are all over the world, but here are the two major ones in the United States. Vintage VW Car Show & Swap meet annually with 500 cars and 2,300 people. The second is the Vintage Volkswagen Club that meets annually in November (VW Custom and Classic 47).
Safety is the most important part when working on any car. So you need to learn how to be safe. First, don't ever work under a lifted car unless you have tools made to lift a car. If you are working under a car make sure the ground is level. You should also block the tires with blocks designed to block tires and to keep the car from rolling. Before work on anything on the car you should disconnect the battery. Do this because someone might start it by accident and hurt you. You must always be alert when working on a car. Accidents happen and you must be prepared for anything (Volkswagen Official Service Manual 12).
When the car is running make sure you are in a ventilated area,