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

Holy Crap Tanner Foust Will Rallycross This 560 HP Volkswagen Beetle

In the World Rally Championship, a Volkswagen Polo is the weapon VW deploys to annihilate the competition. But for Global RallyCross, they're about to unleash a nasty beast of a Beetle that no one will be making flower vase jokes about. » 2/06/14 8:13am 2/06/14 8:13am

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

How A Former Brazilian President Made The Most Advanced Beetle

Occasionally, we get the go-ahead to do super-geeky articles that probably only reflect our own personal fetishes. I usually do weird Beetle variants, and today's no different. This one is particularly interesting, since it's one of the few cases of an out-of-production car being resurrected. » 5/01/13 4:02pm 5/01/13 4:02pm

The Time I Chopped Up A Dozen Volkswagen Bugs With A Sawzall

We've all had crappy jobs, but some are more memorable than others. For me, the most memorable — and really the most enjoyable — minimum wage job I've ever had was also the most brief. A Volkswagen shop owner in Virginia Beach hired me to strip a bunch of derelict Beetles and chop up their rusted carcasses with a… » 3/07/13 2:00pm 3/07/13 2:00pm

This Is The Only Thing I'll Miss About Hugo Chávez

So, as we all know, Hugo Chávez died yesterday. Now, despite the hidden right-wing-leftist-anarcho-monarchist subtexts I include in all my posts, we're not really a political blog, so we'll just say that Chavez' legacy is, at very best, checkered. So, despite whatever reservations I may have about the man and his long… » 3/06/13 2:00pm 3/06/13 2:00pm

At About Half A Million Miles Make Sure To Inspect Various Components

I've had my daily driver 1973 Volkswagen Beetle a very long time. I got it right before I left North Carolina, where I grew up, to go to college. Before I left the Pine State, I had the car serviced on a few occasions by a local repair shop, Webster Import Service. My mom still takes her Passat there. » 9/20/12 1:30pm 9/20/12 1:30pm

How A 22-Year-Old Woman Learned How To Fix Cars By Driving A '72 VW…

At 22 years old, Morgan Johnson knows the ins and outs of a few things. She's lived in Oregon, Montana and Colorado, and she's done everything from selling vacuum cleaners to managing a King Soopers grocery store for a few years. » 9/07/12 4:00pm 9/07/12 4:00pm

The VW Beetle Started With Nazis, Boomed Under Mad Men And Died In…

Sunday marks nine years since Volkswagen rolled out the Ultima Edicion of its famed Beetle. As of today, no car has had the impact on personal mobility that the Beetle did during its 65 years of production. » 7/27/12 10:30am 7/27/12 10:30am