The first ever film I went to see in the Cinema was “Herbie Goes Bananas” way back in 1980 (yes, I really am that old and I was 5 when I watched that!) Anyway my point is that I understand some people’s fondness over their VW Beetles. Some people still drive them, some still race them and there are even people who see them as a perfect garden ornament. I intend to find out whether placing a Volkswagen beetle in the garden is madness or something that is in fact rather beautiful, as I bring you…
BONUS CONTENT: Top 10 Facts About Volkswagen Beetles
10 – Herbie Grows Some Pansies
FACT: The last ever two German-made Beetle shells are located in VW’s Milton-Keynes parts store. But to keep then protected they are covered in wax!
9 – Herbie: Fully Overgrown
FACT: All VW bettles made after 1978 were not made in Germany at all, in fact, they were made in Mexico! But some of the more hardcore VW beetle fans say that all cars made outside of Germany are not true VW Bettles at all.
8 – Herbie starts a hedge fund!
FACT: The last Wolfsburg-built Beetle left the factory in July 1974, a sad day indeed, but even worst is that was productions being replaced with the Golf hatchback!
7 – The Ladybird Love Bug
FACT: Before 1955, Volkswagens were built according to the calendar year. But in August of that very same year, a model-year system rather like that favoured by the American market was introduced. What this means is that an owner of a 1960 VW Beetle car is, in fact, the owner of a car made in 1959!
6 – A rolling VW gathers no moss, but a parked one on the other hand…
FACT: The Volkswagen factory was making cars 5 years before it even had a company name, in fact, it was not until the War’s end in 1945 that they named it!
5 – Herbie Goes to Stonehenge
FACT: So just what does “Volkswagen” company name mean? Well, it is not complicated, it is simply German for “People’s Car!” and they also make these amazing Volkswagen gift ideas.
4 – Herbie and the British Connection
FACT: The first mass production Beetle was built after the end of World War Two in 1945 thanks to the occupying Allied forces and a certain British army Major, Ivan Hurst.
3 – Is that Snoopy driving that love bug planter?!?
FACT: Although well over 20 million VW cars have been built to date, the original engine designer received the equivalent of fewer than twenty pounds for his trouble! That is a pay equivalent of just 0.000001p per car!
2 – Herbie Sadly Won’t Ride Again
FACT: Unlike what most people think the VW’s flat-four engine was not designed by Ferdinand Porsche but by another Austrian called Franz Reimspeiss!
1 – Herbie: Overgrown but Never Forgotten.
FACT: The very first VW Beetles were first seen back in 1932, but these ones were not even prototypes, they were just handmade cars that looked like the VW Beetle, the first official prototypes were built four years later in 1936!