Goodbye, ‘Love Bug’: the Volkswagen Beetle is going extinct

The last of the design classic rolls off production lines. There aren’t many things beloved both by hippies and Nazis. A self-important belief in the righteousness of one’s cause, perhaps? The other would be the Volkswagen Beetle. The original “people’s wagon” – designed by Ferdinand Porsche in the 1930s on the orders of Adolf Hitler – survived its associations with the Third Reich in the years after World War II to become a counterculture classic. United States production of Porsche’s original design finished in the 1970s. By the time manufacture…

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