VW Beetle (1950)

VW Beetle (1950)

Year of production: 1950
Engine: flat-four
Displacement: 1,131 cc
Power output: 25 HP (18 kW)
Top speed: 105 km/h (65 mph)

When Ferdinand Porsche presented his “Exposé on the construction of a German People’s Car” in January 1934, it was already the eighth compact car to be developed under his tutelage. Porsche and the engineers from his design office envisaged the compact model having an aircooled four-cylinder engine mounted at the rear, independent suspension with trailing links at the front and swing axles at the rear, torsion bar suspension and a composite body comprising floor panel and superstructure. The design combined a streamliner shape with sufficient space for four occupants – the famous Beetle silhouette was born. 21.5 million Beetles were built on Volkswagen AG’s production lines worldwide up until 2003.

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