Parts for Old Beetle & Derived
It was in 1938 when stated the Volkswagen adventure, with the arrival of the one who will be called the VW Coccinelle (in French) or VW Beetle. Emblematic model with more than 20 million sold copies in the world, it was proposed in many versions. The cabriolet model of the VW Cox appeared in 1949 offering tow car bodies: 2 and 4-seats. The most widespread version is the 4-seats, produced by the car body designer Karmann from 1949 to 1980. The second version, much rarer, was designed and produced by Hebmüller at 696 copies between 1949 and 1950. Another model derived from the Beetle appeared in 1955: the coupé Karmann Ghia. Model with a sporting look based on the chassis, the engine and the gearbox of the Cox, it is the fruit of the union of the German car body designer Karmann and the Italian designer Ghia, the whole directed by Volkswagen in order to extend its range. Real success, it was proposed in cabriolet from 1957. In total, more than 445 000 copies of the Karmann type 14 have been produced between 1955 and 1974. In 1961 appeared the VW type 3, other variant of the Beetle, created to extend the Volkswagen range. It was presented in 3 car bodies, sedan, Coupé and Break; it was produced until 1973. Finally, in 1969, VW presented a 'all-terrain' vehicle: the 181, a two-wheel drive vehicle, within the spirit of the Kübelwagen produced during the Second World War. This 'sheet metal Mehari', as it was called by many people, took the name of its type of production: 181 or 'Thing' (as it is called in the USA).