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The Vw Beetle Story

Author : Giles Chapman
ISBN : 0752484605
Genre : Transportation
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A history of the Volkswagen Beetle from its inception in the 1930s as the "people's car" to the all-new, modern Beetle in 1998 and the very last original Beetle built in 2003.

The Story Of Volkswagen Beetles

Author : David Wright
ISBN : 0836831942
Genre : Juvenile Nonfiction
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Surveys the history of the car known as the Volkswagen Beetle, describing how its popularity endured despite the fact that it was not sold in the United States between 1975 and 1998.

Thinking Small

Author : Andrea Hiott
ISBN : 9780345521446
Genre : History
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Sometimes achieving big things requires the ability to think small. This simple concept was the driving force that propelled the Volkswagen Beetle to become an avatar of American-style freedom, a household brand, and a global icon. The VW Bug inspired the ad men of Madison Avenue, beguiled Woodstock Nation, and has recently been re-imagined for the hipster generation. And while today it is surely one of the most recognizable cars in the world, few of us know the compelling details of this car’s story. In Thinking Small, journalist and cultural historian Andrea Hiott retraces the improbable journey of this little car that changed the world. Andrea Hiott’s wide-ranging narrative stretches from the factory floors of Weimar Germany to the executive suites of today’s automotive innovators, showing how a succession of artists and engineers shepherded the Beetle to market through periods of privation and war, reconstruction and recovery. Henry Ford’s Model T may have revolutionized the American auto industry, but for years Europe remained a place where only the elite drove cars. That all changed with the advent of the Volkswagen, the product of a Nazi initiative to bring driving to the masses. But Hitler’s concept of “the people’s car” would soon take on new meaning. As Germany rebuilt from the rubble of World War II, a whole generation succumbed to the charms of the world’s most huggable automobile. Indeed, the story of the Volkswagen is a story about people, and Hiott introduces us to the men who believed in it, built it, and sold it: Ferdinand Porsche, the visionary Austrian automobile designer whose futuristic dream of an affordable family vehicle was fatally compromised by his patron Adolf Hitler’s monomaniacal drive toward war; Heinrich Nordhoff, the forward-thinking German industrialist whose management innovations made mass production of the Beetle a reality; and Bill Bernbach, the Jewish American advertising executive whose team of Madison Avenue mavericks dreamed up the legendary ad campaign that transformed the quintessential German compact into an outsize worldwide phenomenon. Thinking Small is the remarkable story of an automobile and an idea. Hatched in an age of darkness, the Beetle emerged into the light of a new era as a symbol of individuality and personal mobility—a triumph not of the will but of the imagination.

The Vw Beetle

Author : Ryan Lee Price
ISBN : 1557884218
Genre : Transportation
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The world's most popular car, Volkswagen-or "the People's Car"-has earned its place in history. The VW Beetle chronicles the development and rise to worldwide popularity of the famed "punch-buggy," invented in Germany in the 1930s. This peculiar history includes the makings of all models, engines, and body styles through 1967-and the key people responsible for its development.

Volkswagen Beetle Cabriolet

Author : Malcolm Bobbitt
ISBN : 1845840747
Genre : Transportation
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Written by Malcolm Bobbitt - whose companion Volkswagen titles cover the Karmann Ghia coupé and convertible, and possibly the greatest classic of all time, the VW Bus - this new edition of the Volkswagen Beetle Cabriolet chronicles the history of this practical and sought-after classic. The author traces the Beetle Cabrio's ancestry and development from its pre-war origins through to 1980, by which time more than 330,000 models had been built, and up to the present day when in excess of 228,000 New Beetle cabriolets have been sold worldwide. As the car's engineering quality has ensured a very high survival rate, this book is also a guide to Beetle Cabrio ownership, providing buying advice, specifications, and information on customizing.

Essential Vw Beetle Cabriolet

Author : Keith Seume
ISBN : 1870979737
Genre : Volkswagen Beetle automobile
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Essential VW Beetle Cabriolet Keith SeumeSubtitled: The Cars and Their Story 1949-8. This fact-packed guide tells the story of how the VW Cabriolet was developed, how it was made, how it changed throughout the years, and how it was received around the world. Includes specs, road test data, buying and restoration advice, and details of production changes, along with a wide range of specially commissioned photographs. Sftbd., 8 1/4x 1 1/4,8 pgs., 6 b&w ill., 6 color.

Vw Beetle

Author : Richard Copping
ISBN : 9781845847326
Genre : Transportation
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The Beetle’s full story, from concept in pre-war Germany through 55 years of production & 22-million sales around the world. Colour features on 21 milestone models. Includes many sidebars & panels detailing Beetle facts, figures, feats, advertising, & more. The complete book of the Beetle.

Vw Beetle Specification Guide 1949 1967

Author : Richard Copping
ISBN : 9781785004902
Genre : Transportation
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The VW Beetle is one of the best-loved of all classic cars, with many thousands preserved across the world, many in regular use. Over the years countless changes were introduced, together making a mid sixties Beetle, for instance, very different from one built in the mid-50s, or mid-70s, despite the obvious similarities. With the aid of hundreds of full colour photographs this new edition in paperback documents all the Beetle's specification changes and model differences during the classic period 1949-67, making it possible to determine the original specification and fittings of any Beetle from this period.Uses the same format as for the highly successful VW Transporter spec guides. Aimed at early-Beetle owners and enthusiasts. Superbly illustrated with 300 colour photographs. New edition in paperback for 2018.

How To Restore Your Volkswagen Beetle

Author : Eric LeClair
ISBN : 9781613254271
Genre : Transportation
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Perhaps the most charismatic automobile ever, the Volkswagen Beetle was the longest-running, most-manufactured automobile on a single platform of all time. From 1938 to 2003, more than 21.5 million "Bugs" were assembled, distributed, and sold on nearly every continent in the world. Throughout the Beetle's successful run, many of these cars have been relegated to project car status due to their age or condition. Airkooled Kustoms, a VW restoration shop in Hazel Green, Alabama, brings its expertise in restoring these cars to book form with this all-encompassing compilation. Restoring your Beetle is covered through step-by-step sequences from unbolting that first nut through polishing the paint on your freshly restored Bug. The specialists at Airkooled Kustoms walk you through the proper disassembly methods, restoring versus replacing components, and reassembling your restored Bug, covering everything related to the body, undercarriage, and interior along the way. It's about time a thorough, hands-on restoration book has been authored by authorities who know the Beetle like the back of their hands. With this book, you will have everything you need to bring your old or new VW Beetle project back to life. p.p1 {margin: 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px; font: 12.0px Arial; color: #000000}

The Story Of The California Look Vw

Author : Keith Seume
ISBN : 1906133085
Genre : Transportation
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The California Look is the most popular style of Volkswagen customizing. The typical Cal Looker is stripped of chrome, lowered, has a high-quality paint job and hides a very hot engine. It all began in the late 1950s, when hot-rodders started tuning Beetles for the drag strip. Their successes gave birth to an automotive performance industry and their racecars’ look soon spread street Beetles, becoming cooler, cleaner and more sophisticated. Keith Seume tells the story of how this phenomenon – completely unforeseen by the manufacturers of the humble VW – gathered pace in the 1960s, spread worldwide in the ’70s, and now dominates the VW custom scene, with a look at past cars and race heroes, at the performance tuning industry, at the raceways, at the Cal Look of today, and at pointers to the Cal Look of tomorrow.

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