For many persons born post World War II, a VW was the first vehicle. These small and economical vehicles offered better fuel efficiency than most American made vehicles. With the engine located in the rear and air cooled, the cars were fun to drive and offered some innovations not yet found in American cars. To relive that fun driving experience, drivers should take a trip to Volkswagen Henderson.
For drivers in the 50s and 60s German engineering meant reliability. These little cars offered a low center of gravity and a welded body that was able to float on the water. Today, that same German engineering has even more to offer.
While VWs were first imported into the US in 1949, there were only 2 sold that year. However, by 1955 over a million had sold. In 1972 more Beetles had been sold than Model Ts breaking the previous record. In 1973, the 16 billionth VW was sold in the US. The key to the popularity was the fact that these cars were known for reliability.
The Beetle became a movie star in 1968. ‘Herbie, the Love Bug’ staring Dean Jones was the first in this line of movies. This particular vehicle seemed to have a mind of its own. Herbie, number 53 even made his appearance driving down Main Street USA in Disneyland.
Many loyal fans were saddened when VW stopped production of the original Beetle in the early 70s. As the world became more conscious of fuel consumption VW introduced cars that were even more economical than the Beetle. Then in 1998, VW reintroduced the Beetle in world markets to the joy of many consumers.
With a similar body style to the original Beetle, the new vehicle offered several significant changes. The primary one was that the engine had moved to the front of the car and was now water cooled. The design remained popular for many years as well.
VW has announced that production of the Beetle will stop once again in 2011. While there will be a replacement introduced, Beetle lovers will mourn the loss of the vehicle once again.
Whether looking for parts for a classic original VW Beetle or looking to buy VW’s replacement for the New Beetle, customers will find a visit to Volkswagen Henderson a great way to meet their needs. German engineering still shines in the automotive industry and customers can own their own edition of these great vehicles by visiting a store where driving can be fun once again. Read more about: volkswagon Henderson
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