The Cheap Shall Inherit The Earth: Volkswagen Beetle

Thanks to a basic design that didn't change much for decade after decade, VW was able to slap ridiculously cheap price tags on their clattery little air-cooled machines. Sure, the heaters never worked and the valves wouldn't stay adjusted, but who cared? Cheap is smart!


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The heaters were fine at either highway speed with a hot engine (when the carpet could literally be set on fire), or if you installed a pair of accessory blower fans in the heater channels (which really did make a huge difference, but I've heard the older 6 volt cars don't take to it well).