#Snippets of History: On #ThisDayinHistory 2003, the last of 21,529,464 Classic Volkswagen Beetles built sin ce World War II rolled off the production line at Volkswagen’s plant in Puebla, Mexico #AceHistoryNe ws – @AceHistoryNews

#AceHistoryNews – July.30: It was first called the Kdf-Wagen, and debuted at the Berlin Motor Show in 1939. It was the international press that dubbed it the “Beetle” for its distinctive rounded shape
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Production of the cars was halted under threat of Allied bombing in August 1944 and did not resume until after the war, under British control. VW sales were initially slower in the U.S. compared with the rest of the world, but by 1960 the Beetle was the top-selling import in America, thanks to an iconic ad campaign which urged consumers to “think small”. In 1972, the Beetle surpassed the longstanding worldwide production record of 15 million vehicles, set by Ford Motor Company’s legendary Model T between 1908 and 1927. It also became a worldwide cultural icon, featuring prominently in the hit 1969 movie “The Love Bug” and on the cover of the Beatles album “Abbey Road.” #VWBeetle #punchbuggy #AceHistoryNews

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