We Have To Find This 10 Year Old Girl's Stolen '67 Beetle

We've had some successes before finding stolen cars, but I'm really hoping we can do some good for this one. Partially because it's a Beetle, and partially because the owner is a 10 year old girl from a family of gearheads who saved up to buy the car she loved. This girl and her Beetle need to be re-united. » 6/26/14 3:41pm 6/26/14 3:41pm

What It's Like To Race An Old VW Beetle And Get Run Over By A Truck

Desert Dingo Racing campaigns a 1969 VW Beetle in off road races in the U.S. and Mexico. We've covered them in the past a couple times before. As you can imagine, Beetles doing crazy, dirty things is very appealing to me, so I asked Jim Graham to write up his experience in the Mint 400, in which he gets run over by a… » 3/27/14 5:30pm 3/27/14 5:30pm

Celebrating 65 years of the Beetle in America

On Jan. 17, 1949, the Holland America Line Westerdam pulled into New York Harbor from Rotterdam carrying the seed of an automotive empire. It had been only four years since Volkswagen resurrected operations in Wolfsburg, the factory heavily ruined by Allied forces and now under the command of Major Ivan Hirst. The… » 1/30/14 5:14pm 1/30/14 5:14pm

Would You Drive An Electric VW Bug?

Zelectric Motors is the brainchild of passionate VW fans David Benardo and Bonnie Rodgers. In 2011, they decided to put their east coast creative agency in their rearview mirror and head back home to California. With a lifelong affinity for the VW brand and decades spent working with tech companies, they envisioned a… » 1/20/14 1:54pm 1/20/14 1:54pm

Praguian chopped Beetle channels its inner Batmobile

We went to Prague last summer to attend a friend's wedding and my wife used that opportunity to show me the city (I've been to Prague several times but I don't have any sober memories of those visits...). The old city definitely has a kind of Gothic vibe and it's easy to understand why so many movies are filmed there. » 12/05/13 12:14pm 12/05/13 12:14pm

The Beetle Sphere Is The Natural Conclusion Of The VW Beetle

The Volkswagen Beetle has always been a very round car. In its first iteration, its bubble-shaped roof and front hood always seemed to be attempting to find equilibrium with its sloping rear, and that trend only seemed to continue as generations went on. Now, it looks like that equilibrium has been reached. » 6/01/13 10:00am 6/01/13 10:00am

Meet The Bizarre 1950s Beetle Replacement That Wasn't

The 75th anniversary of Wolfsburg, Volkswagen's purpose-built factory town, was this past weekend. VW didn't make a big deal about it, mostly because of all the associations with those people Indiana Jones liked to kill, but I think it's worth noting, especially with this odd, mostly forgotten relic: the EA 97/1… » 5/28/13 4:00pm 5/28/13 4:00pm

Turbo V6 Powered Beetle, Meet Telephone Pole

There is something about the Volkswagen Beetle that brings out the Mr. Hyde in normally mild mannered people. Perhaps it is purgatory-slow speeds and clack-ity-rackity noise from the stock Beetle engine that drives its owners mad and convinces them to transform the egg shaped coupes into wheel-standing coffins. » 5/22/13 3:19pm 5/22/13 3:19pm

Charles Manson's Evil Plans Involved A Crazy Dune Buggy Battalion

It's a strange feeling when you kind of agree with something that Charles Manson did. It's not a good feeling. But I just learned that Charles Manson's insane "Helter Skelter" global race war fever dream used battalions of VW and Porsche-based dune buggies as key components, and I gotta say, at least in this one… » 5/06/13 2:28pm 5/06/13 2:28pm

My Beetle's Still Missing, But All Of You Are Amazing

My Beetle is still missing. I've called every impound lot, entered the license plate into databases, combed adjoining and sketchier neighborhoods, made and distributed flyers, Facebooked, Tweeted, placed Craigslist ads, and anything else I could think to try. I've tried to focus on other things, but I find myself… » 4/05/13 2:40pm 4/05/13 2:40pm