History of the Volkswagen Beetle

1937 Volkswagen Beetle Prototype

history of the volkswagen beetle

In 1934 Ferdinand Porsche created a design for the "People's Car," otherwise knows as Volkswagen. The first prototype in 1935 came equipped with a 700cc air-cooled 4-cylinder engine, and produced a healthy 22.5 horsepower.

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This 1937 version of the Beetle was one of 30 prototypes built, according to Volkswagen.

First published July 16, 2014: 6:37 PM ET

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