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Remember Volkswagen The Thing?

1973-vw-thingVolkswagen The Thing: If you were around and aware of motor vehicles during the 1970s you may have found yourself perplexed when you saw a strange new animal on the roadways. Here was this vehicle that looked kind of like a small Jeep, with a convertible top and kind of a corrugated body.

You couldn’t help but notice its, well, let’s say “homeliness,” but the Pumpkin Orange or Sunshine Yellow color was certainly hard to miss.

This vehicle that we are referring to is the Volkswagen Thing, but it was only called the Thing in North America. The car was known as Trekker in the United Kingdom and Safari in Mexico, and its generic designation was Volkswagen 181.

The People’s Car – Volkswagen Beetle

Volkswagen BeetleVolkswagen Beetle: Picture a warm summer day, the sun shining bright, with a perfect light breeze to keep the sandy beach just cool enough to walk on. As you take in the waves lapping at your toes, which wiggle happily in the shallow water, you turn to see your closest friends unloading their surf boards and a cooler. It’s the summer sometime in the 1960s, and you couldn’t be happier to be on a tour of the West Coast in your Volkswagen Beetle.

Britain’s Volkswagen Beetle: The Morris Minor

Once called “Britain’s Volkswagen Beetle”, the Morris Minor was one of Britain’s and Morris Motor Companies most successful vehicles.  More than 1.3 million were manufactured.  The Minor was a British economy car that was designed to combine the luxury and convenience of a good motor car with a price that was affordable to the working class.

Hot August Nights Private Vintage Collection Up for Auction

One of the largest collections of Hot August Nights vintage cars in the United States is housed in Carson City, Nevada.  Why have you never heard of this collection, you ask?  Because owner and Carson City developer, Garth Richards, has chosen to keep it a secret to avoid vandalism and other issues. That was until he made the decision to auction off the majority of the 200+ cars that he has been collecting for over 37 years.

“That’s groovy, baby!”: The Volkswagen Bus

The year is 1969; the location is the United States; the atmosphere is buzzing with the energy one only finds when change is about to occur.  There is a sweet stench in the air and everywhere you look, long-haired, brightly clothed people are cheering.  Something catches your eye; what is that machine with its brightly colored flowers and peace signs on it that has its sliding door open to show off it’s house-like features inside. It is none other than the Volkswagen Bus.

The Volkswagen Karmann Ghia

October, 1953 – The Paris Auto Show. People came from all over the world to see just what the car manufacturers were going to show them. They knew what they wanted–they saw themselves as elegant and stylish, and they wanted their car to complement that image.

Volkswagen paid attention to the post-war trends and didn’t disappoint the public. While their Volkswagen Beetle appealed to many people during this time, they chose to speak to the desires of a different type of consumer with their Karmann Ghia. Oddly enough, the car didn’t enjoy the mega-power of some sports cars, but people were looking more for elegant styling which the Karmann Ghia delivered in spades. Volkswagen’s emergence into the sports car market became a huge success and the Karmann Ghia gained popularity worldwide.

The Volkswagen Beetle

When you look at the evolution of the automotive industry in the United States, it is clear that the price and availability of gasoline, coupled with the onset of emissions regulations, had a huge impact. These factors led to the increasing demand for smaller and more fuel efficient cars. The post World War II American offerings, at first, were designed with zero regard for fuel economy. The big gas guzzling boats were the order of the day from the entry level models on up to the top of the heap. But by the time the 1950s were coming to a close, whispers of a new era started to be heard over the horizon.