The amazing Volkswagen Beetle. It's the car that gives us something to do when we're bored while riding in the car. It's the car that gives us a true reason to go riding around. It's the car that's been with us since the 1930s. It's the car that creates fun whenever someone passes by it. It is the one car that just about everyone loves. It's been with us through wars, and depressions... it is... our one true car. The Beetle was first created in Germany in the 1930s. And I said just about everyone loves it because its almost impossible not to, I mean even if you're not the violent type you get to punch someone when it passes by. What's not to like about that?
The VW Beetle has been known by many different names over the years, the Punch-buggy, the Bug, and the Beetle, and other names based on the color of the Beetle. However, when it was invented, it was called Volkswagen meaning "people's car."
Older Volkswagens: They Were So Well Made
The older models of the VW Beetle were built to be airtight, so the legend was, no water could come in if they were submerged. This made it so that the cars could basically float on water! Wouldn't that be nice if you didn't put your brake on and your car accidentally floated into a lake and you could just go get it, and it wouldn't have sunk by the time you got there? However, by the same token, it could also be an issue for VW owners in climates with intense heat who weren't aware of the air tight structure of the Beetle. Many uninformed owners returned to their cars after they had left their windows rolled up tight in extreme heat and found, to their dismay, their windows had been blown out!
The Ladybug Car
As you probably know, the VW Beetle (when painted red) often resembles a Ladybug. VW and some car accessory companies even make circular black magnets to stick on your red bug and of course, it transforms into a Ladybug car! I've actually seen people with red VW Beetles driving down the road with black magnets all over their red bug with the word "Ladybug" printed on their windshield in curly-cue letters. Volkswagon actually has the option of adding little "inspiration pods" to decorate the inside of your VW. Most people fill them with oversized daisies. There are also magnetic daisies to dress up your Bug (think Herbie, the Love Bug!) and to give it a little 60's flair.
Other Cute Bug Accessories
One crazy thing that you can get for your bug is a nice, big, pair of eyelashes. Yes, I did say eyelashes, its very strange, but kind of cute at the same time. The eyelashes are very long and all you have to do is attach them to your headlights and you're good to go! Another cute Beetle accessory is daisy hubcaps! They'd probably look best on a yellow, white, or black Beetle. You might attract some bees, though! And one last accessory, a life-size wind up key that you can stick to the back of your VW and it will look like a cute little (or should I say huge) toy car!
The World- Changing Car!
Overall The VW Beetle is a great, fun car for any family to own, unless of course your family is too big to fit in the compact, beetle-like car. The name really does suit it, all of its names do. Let's hope that Volkswagen will bring back the original body style in a few years for all the nostalgia lovers out there and then keep making them for MANY, MANY years to come, so everyone will have a chance to enjoy the car that changed the world!
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Lori on December 10, 2013:
I'm 53 and I finally have my first bug! She is a dark orange soft top...2003...I have been blessed with many nice vehicles but this is just fun...fun..fun!!!
Bonnie Seymour on July 09, 2012:
where do i find the wind up key for my vw beetle
agentmomo (author) from South Carolina, USA on May 24, 2011:
Justtom and 50 Caliber...seems anyone who ever had an air-cooled VW had more than one or is still longing for the days when they had one! We've seen a number of split windows in our area recently, there are some hard core collectors here.
50 Caliber from Arizona on April 17, 2011:
Great hub on the VWs I've owned the micro bus and the bugs all pre 68 models and I loved them. Tom nailed the only real draw back was working defrosters. I remember cold mornings with a squeegee while driving to work. Later J.C. Whitney offered an electric heater with a how to on hooking them up with a small fan they worked great. Thanks for a fun write stirring memories, 50
justom from 41042 on April 14, 2011:
I had to laugh about the bug floating. I've owned 5 VW's (years ago) including my favorite, a van we all called the bus. Older VW's were know for the floorboards rusting out leading to the name Flintstone cars. One of the great things about the older ones was the engine being in the back, which made it great in the snow. While everyone else was struggling I was just passin' them all but the down side was the defroster (or lack thereof). Great hub. Peace!! Tom
agentmomo (author) from South Carolina, USA on April 12, 2011:
Thanks, Elayne. I guess with the cost of living in Hawaii, the fuel efficiency doesn't hurt either!
agentmomo (author) from South Carolina, USA on April 12, 2011:
Thanks, Deborah. They definitely are the car with personality, even without eyelashes!
Elayne from Rocky Mountains on April 11, 2011:
Reminds me of when we had a VW Van. Boy, was it fun with our little family back in the day, until it burned up in the middle of main street (fuel injector problems). VW bugs are quite popular here in Hawaii - I guess because of the rust resistance. There are still a few around that have been remodeled. Great hub.
Deborah Reno from First Wyoming, then THE WORLD on April 11, 2011:
Congratulations on your hubnugget nomination. I always wanted a beetle, this was a cute hub. Love the pictures.
agentmomo (author) from South Carolina, USA on April 10, 2011:
Thanks, Ladyjane and Ripplemaker. So excited to be nominated for the Hubnuggets award! Going to vote right now.
Michelle Simtoco from Cebu, Philippines on April 08, 2011:
The photos made me smile.
Your hub has been chosen by the Hubnuggets team! Yipppeee... congratulations. Please follow this link and read the Hubnuggets details. http://bit.ly/eIjMq9 Cheers to this ladybug on wheels. :)
ladyjane1 from Texas on April 05, 2011:
Love the daisies and the ladybug is very cute....nicely done. Cheers!
awesomegirl2010 from A Bubble (pop me) on March 23, 2011:
Love the ladybug car and eyelashes :)
shahrul naim on March 19, 2011:
very nice car...