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

This Is The Best Coffee-Foam VW Beetle I've Ever Seen

Volkswagen Japan came up with what may be the most ephemeral promotional tie-in I can think of: they commissioned an artist to make latté-foam sculptures of the VW Beetle. These are pretty impressive, especially when you realize the medium he's working in is about as substantial as a really good sneeze. » 10/03/14 5:43pm 10/03/14 5:43pm

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

Man's Stolen Beetle Found 40 Years Later

I'm no stranger to the sting of a stolen Beetle and the joy of recovery, but I'm sure happy I didn't have to wait 40 years to get mine back like Tennessee resident Joseph MacDonald did. His Bug was stolen in 1974, and Border Control found the car in Michigan, on a railcar to Canada, from where it was going to Finland. » 2/24/14 2:05pm 2/24/14 2:05pm

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