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The VW Beetle
Volkswagen Beetle

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Posted by Gary Davies at 10:07 pm (PDT) on Wed August 22, 2018   
My dad me a 68 beetle deluxe. I was king of the road. No heat or defrost.
Posted by IOfferMyBentNickel at 5:34 am (PST) on Thu March 10, 2016   
These are all very informative and entertaining anecdotes. Siamese cats and "yum, yum, yum..." Laughing One of the members mentioned a small rear, oval, rear window which inspired my memory to recall the earliest memory I have of sitting on my knees in the back seat of my parents VW, with my younger brother and sister looking out the rear window. We were living in Germany and I believe the year was 1966/67. I was 4 years old. Interestingly, we were not fastened in with seatbelts. Did they have seatbelts in VWs during that period?
Posted by Steve Oelrich at 6:40 am (PDT) on Sun May 17, 2015   
We had a '64 Beetle we were towing when we moved to the Baltimore area around that time. It was the first time we'd ever encountered toll roads and didnt realize we had to pay a toll for the towed Bug, too! Couple of miles down the road, got pulled over for it! Later had a Beetle that I nearly killed myself in when I was a new driver -- drove it too fast around a gravel-lined road on a bluff. Started sliding off the road and over a cliff, but, luckily, there was a tree there that kept the car from going over. Helluva bang, though!
Posted by Chuck Kopsho at 12:35 pm (PDT) on Sat May 16, 2015   
My father had a '64 white VW beetle, that was his "fun" car. His "serious" car was a burgandy '64 Oldsmobile Vista Cruiser station wagon. Back in the day, me and dad would tool around Orange County, CA just for the hell of it in the VW. Ah, those were the days.
Posted by buickman at 10:01 am (PDT) on Fri October 31, 2014   
The small town weekly newspaper I worked for after school used a VW since the rear seat folded down and it would hold a bunch of papers.  Since the town did not have a VW dealer and the paper relied on hometown advertisers the owner would buy a used VW from any local big three dealer who took one in on trade.  I remember when we got a one year old 58 that had the new bigger rear window.  My wife has a 74 super Beetle for her 'fun car'
Posted by MikeCoke at 11:28 pm (PDT) on Sun October 26, 2014   
I still drive my 1973 VW Beetle
Posted by CubanDaveT at 2:28 am (PDT) on Sat June 29, 2013   
I got a '68 VW Bug as a HS graduation gift in '72 ... for $800! What 4 year old car costs that little these days ... unless it's radio-controlled! Wink
Posted by Thegimpman at 12:02 am (PST) on Sat January 26, 2013   
I owned a 1953 VW when I was stationed in Germany back in 1967 that had those odd turn signals and remember them being referred to as "idiot sticks". They also had a second function. Because some of the streets in Germany were so narrow, especially in small towns, you had to park half-way on the sidewalk and half-way on the street, which was perfectly legal, in order to leave room for cars to get through. That left your car vulnerable to being side-swiped, especially at night with those poorly lit roads. Those "idiot sticks" could be activated individually on either side of the car and left on, depending on which side of the car was exposed to the street, to warn other drivers and prevent your car from being side-swiped, while you were away from your car! They were actually one of the earliest versions of what we now call "parking lights". Quite a unique idea, actually!  Oh, those German engineers!   :-)
Posted by dtdavis2012 at 2:59 am (PDT) on Wed October 17, 2012   
An ad for the VW Beetle in 1967 gave $1500 as the cost for the car. It might as well have been $15,000.00 as far as I was concerned.
Posted by Bob Wilson Jr at 7:35 am (PDT) on Sun June 17, 2012   
Back in the 1950's in Plainfield NJ, I knew a large family that had an early "Beetle" as a second car. It had an oval rear window that was no larger than a contemporary rear-view mirror. It had no electrical turn signals, but instead, had a gizmo that the driver operated manually, Pointed horizonally, it indicated a left turn, and set vertically, a right turn. It also had no fuel indicator on the dash, but had a manually-operated lever that opened a very small reserve tank once the driver sensed that the somewhat larger fuel tank was getting down to "empty". More than often, one of the drivers would forget that he or she had put the reserve tank in operation, causing the car to run out of gas completely if the next driver didn't note the position of the lever.
Posted by paktype at 1:45 pm (PDT) on Tue March 13, 2012   
The newest Volkswagen Beetles look very much like this.
Posted by Rebecca Brooks Guest at 4:49 am (PST) on Sun December 4, 2011   
The guy who would pick up our male Siamese cat to go yum, yum, yum with his female Siamese drove a VW Beetle. From then on, anyone who visited us in their VW would find our male Siamese cat in their Bug, ready to go make yum, yum, yum!
Posted by Katbear at 10:15 pm (PDT) on Sun August 16, 2009   
My dad loved the Volkswagen. Whcih was kinda odd, cause he was 6'3" and had to scrunch into the car. But all three of us kids fit in the back with the seat folded down. We went hundreds of miles in those things. And because the seat folded down , it wasn't too bad as a teenager either....

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