Have you ever looked with envy at those preening bastards who can identify the year of any classic Volkswagen Beetle at a glance? They’re so smug, with all their VW-year-identifying-gotten riches and sexual partners. Wouldn’t you like to be like them? Of course you would. I’m going to show you how.
I’m experiencing a very odd mix of confusion and desire, a welcome change from my normal state of confusion and incontinence, but still not ideal. It’s because of this astounding 1974 Super Beetle that’s going up for auction. That’s not the amazing part: the amazing part is that it has only 56 miles on the clock. I…
I’m a big fan of the irregularly-shaped enclosed volumes of space we like to carry with us as we drive. I think they’re called ‘trunks’ or ‘boots’ or other weirdly clothing-related things. Anyway, this Beetle – actually, a Super Beetle, has easily the most incredible trunk I’ve ever seen on a Beetle, and possibly on…
Is the beautiful destruction of tires reserved for cars that are super or muscle? No! Also cars of such lowly provenance as a front-wheel drive model year 2000 Volkswagen Beetle can be blessed with the smoke of joyous ruination.
When I mention that I love vintage Volkswagen Beetles, I’m usually met with a response like “Really? I had no idea. Too bad you never freaking mention it in every stupid thing you write,” and then the slappings begin. But I mean it! And even better, I got to drive what I think may be the ultimate, ideal vintage Beetle.
We’ve all heard the story of how Raphael Orlove rolled his dream car, a 1973 Baja Bug, but have you seen it? Thanks to the very talented Sam Woolley and our latest video series, Worst Car Stories, now you can.
I think it’s safe to say most of us are primarily land-car drivers. There’s just something about dry land that’s great for driving — the existence of roads, the difficulties of drowning or plummeting — I’m a fan. But a car that can go on land, and, say, water, that’s amazing. A car that can fly — also amazing. One…
Here’s some Jalopnik sacrilege: I was given a 2015 Volkswagen Beetle with a diesel engine, and a manual transmission. And I have no idea if I like it. But that’s mainly because I don’t understand German humor.
When we last saw Scott Speed’s Red Bull Global Rallycross Volkswagen Beetle, it looked a bit off. Too clean. Too polished. Too together. Now that it made it through the X Games’ Rally Car feature race to win the event, however, it looks much more like a real, honest-to-goodness off-road Volkswagen.
I’ll be part of a show on National Geographic TV called Driving America that debuts on Monday, May 25th at 9:00 PM EST/PST and I’m glad the producers kept the often unmentioned story of how a bomb in VW’s factory nearly destroyed the car’s future. A little bit of that story in the video above.
I guess when you drag race a ‘65 Mustang and break eleven transmissions in one year, it’s time to look for something else that’s also rear-wheel drive, light and as stylish as it gets.
Rumors of the demise of the Volkswagen Beetle appear to have been greatly exaggerated, or at least, unfounded. Volkswagen officials say the Beetle will return in the next few years, underpinned by the superb MQB platform and with a new emotional, dynamic design.
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…
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…
Volkswagen was built on the curvaceous back of a tough, simple, practical family car with its engine in the back. The current Beetle is a pretty far cry from that car, and it's also not a strong seller. As VW gets serious about cutting costs, could the Beetle be on the chopping block?
I'm not especially blown away by it so far.
Joe MacLeod went to Mexico, where he took some pictures of the local Volkswagen Beetle establishment. MacLeod says that this is an "incomplete survey." How many more does it need to be complete???? (Answer: a lot more. But this is still pretty crazy.)
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…
I'm not talking styling, and I'm not talking about rear-engine construction, either. I mean, what if you had to build a car in 2014 that held to the same tenets that defined the original Volkswagen?