The VW Beetle: It's a bit of a lemon.
Here's what I have to say about this universally renowned automobile.
The Volkswagen Beetle divides opinion among petrolheads for it's controversial egg-like shape. But there's no doubt that since the original design was finalised in the late 1930's, its overall style has lived a lengthy life having been tweaked ever so slightly. From time to time I do question how on earth this First Generation New Beetle ended up in my collection; nevertheless, I'm proud to be able to share an uncommon piece and discuss it.
The Beetle was initally known as the Bug and it was formulated by Adolf Hitler who wanted a cheap and simple four seater car to be mass produced for his country's roads. It had two doors and was available as a coupe as well as a cabriolet and had a relatively decent boot capacity for a car of its size. Its distinguished circular headlights, taillights and fog lights mimicked the shape of the VW badge and it was never the flushest of designs. But you've got to remember, this car was designed to be cheap and practical and it did the job well. The one I own is a florescent yellow with a few scrapes here and there. The first time I saw this model was in a movie but an older model I also first saw in the movie Herbie: Fully Loaded. I loved the motor racing partnership it had both in and out of the movie setting and it's fair to say that any car with prestigious motor racing history instantly boosts its credibility - think of the Ford Cortina GT, the Mini Cooper and the Lancia Delta S4 just to name a few.
The base model had a 1.9L engine producing a rather measly 100hp but there were Turbo S and Sport models that were made available between 2002-2004 which had a 1.8L turbocharged four-cylinder engine releasing a much more respectable 180hp. In addition, these beefed up models had a retractable rear spoilers adding another extra touch. Over the years, there have been some facelifts and the expected interior upgrades from infotainment screens to build quality. The most recent generation of the Beetle was produced from 2011-2019 and it may have come as a disappointment to some that it has been discontinued. We will no longer have new versions of the infamous moving egg roaming our roads. But the sheer quirkiness of this vehicle will definitely be something many will miss.