VW Celebrates Sorta-60 Years Of The Beetle With Four Special Editions

There would be no Volkswagen without the Beetle, and occasionally VW remembers that and decides to have some fun with the modern Beetle. That’s exactly what happened at the NY Auto Show, where VW showed four special Beetles: the R-Line, the convertible Denim, the Pink Color, and the Convertible Wave. But is it… » 3/31/15 10:10pm 3/31/15 10:10pm

2015 Volkswagen Beetle Convertible R-Line: The Jalopnik Review

No car has transformed as radically over the course of its nameplate as the Volkswagen Beetle. It started life as a plebeian, practical family car with the engine in the back driven by Germans and then hippies and then crazy people, and then it morphed into a super cute front-wheel drive premium lifestyle accessory in… » 3/18/15 2:00pm 3/18/15 2:00pm

Meet The Car That's The VW Beetle's Oldest And Most Direct Ancestor

I've written before about Paul Schilperood's remarkable book that makes the case that the VW Beetle was largely developed based on the ideas of the Jewish auto journalist Josef Ganz and not Ferdinand Porsche, as has been commonly thought. Today, I want to look in detail at a key component of this idea: The Standard… » 10/24/14 6:35pm 10/24/14 6:35pm

The Earth-Shaking Revelation Of The Forgotten Beetle Taillights

First, a warning. This article is going to be so geeky, so niche, so insanely VW Beetle-geek focused that those of you not crazily interested in Beetle minutia should probably just close the window now. Really. For those who can hang, get a drop cloth, because minds will be blown, Beetle-taillight-wise. » 6/27/14 7:30pm 6/27/14 7:30pm

I Had The Slowest Car At The Ultimate Street Car Competition

You know the expression "taking a knife to a gunfight?" This was beyond that. Entering my 1973 VW Beetle in the Optima Ultimate Street Car Competition at Fontana Speedway was more like taking a corn dog to a gunfight. Many cars there had about 10x the horsepower of mine. I didn't have a chance. And I loved it. » 6/18/14 2:00pm 6/18/14 2:00pm