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From the Beetle to the Rabbit, these are the 10 best Volkswagens of all time

Brian Chee

By Brian Chee


Aug 08, 2018 at 12:00 PM

From 1938 to 2003, over 21 million Beetles were produced and sold around the world.

Volkswagen always seems to be just half a step from fulfillment of its immense promise – or utter failure. The romance and friction of its origin story reflects a conflicted and complicated brand born from the ashes of World War II and driven forward by an unquenchable desire to be the preeminent automaker in the world.

VW is Hitler's automaker, saved by the Allies and dedicated to a democratic ideal of transportation. Its highs are as tall as Everest, but its lows are abjectly miserable swamp moments of shame.

All by itself, the brand is interesting. But not nearly as fascinating as its cars. Because what truly makes Volkswagen unique is the passionate engineering the company puts into its most legendary cars. The Beetle. The Type 2 (aka 'The Bus'). The Golf.

Each and every one has served as a foundation upon which many models and variants came forth for millions of people around the world, to thrill and delight, serve and inspire.

In America, the story is the same – but also quite different. Here, Volkswagen arguably started out at the top of the mountain with the Beetle. In 1970, after just 20 years in the States, they sold more than 577,000 vehicles that year alone, from a lineup that included the venerable Beetle, Microbus, Karmann-Ghia, and Fastback.

Volkswagen faltered after that, and it took 40 years to get back to that high-water line, for complicated reasons tied to the brand's seemingly obsessive desire to sell more units than anyone else.

But here's the funny thing: To American consumers, Volkswagen was and is never about obtaining the top-selling car. Rather, people choose VWs to enjoy the surprise and delight of owning a properly engineered, tuned, and designed vehicle.

Among historical VWs, we've selected 10 great ones. Our selections are based on a few simple guidelines: they needed to make a difference, set a trend, serve as a design icon, establish new performance bars, or some combination thereof. With that in mind, these are the 10 best Volkswagens of all time.

The original Volkswagen Type 1 delivered on its promise of affordable transportation for the people.

No car better symbolizes the corrupted idealism of the automotive industry than the 1938 "Volks-Wagen" Type 1.

In that way, the Type 1 is a story about everything great – and yet also everything terrible. Commissioned by Adolf Hitler, penned by Ferdinand Porsche, and "inspired" by models like the Tatra T97, among others, the Beetle might not have been an entirely original idea, and it sure came from a very dark moment in history.

But it was nonetheless practically perfect in its simple and single-minded purpose.

Built to be inexpensive, practical, and easy to fix, it was truly "the people's car" by costing not more than 990 Reichsmark and offering room for two adults and three children. Initially, the rear-engine, air-cooled economy car could make 25 horsepower. Enough, they say, to do what was needed.

But it never went on sale.

World War II stopped commercial production (save for a few), and by the time the war ended in 1945, the factory was virtually destroyed, and the original Beetle dead.

Almost unbelievably, redemption was found at the hands of British army officer Major Ivan Hirst. As the officer in charge of the factory (or what remained), Hirst saw an opportunity for economic development and cajoled the British military into buying 20,000 Beetles.

A year later, the production lines were humming, and the Beetle was back. Hirst, and others, brought the grand experiment of an affordable car to life – and gave life to one of the world's preeminent brands.

Today, the car stands as the most iconic and hopeful car of all time. Despite its shadowy past.

1950 to 1979 Volkswagen Beetle

The Volkswagen Beetle taught America to “think small.”

Here's a lesson from Volkswagen and the 1950s Beetle: Do something well. Do it well, often. Change when you have to, but don't stop doing what you do best, rinsing and repeating for as long as it works. After all, that's how the little Volkswagen Beetle conquered continents – including North America.

And one more thing: Tell a good story.

This approach proved to be quite a hit for the automaker, especially in America. Cute as a button, sturdy, and inexpensive to buy (and keep), the Beetle caught the imagination of U.S. car buyers starting in 1950. By 1958 the company was selling 100,000 models a year.

From there, sales kept going, and the Beetle gradually evolved. For example, it got a more powerful engine one year, a larger window the next, larger lights and bumpers, and so on.

Small changes made slowly over time helped the Beetle to remain the unique and economical vehicle car buyers loved – a love affair stoked by DDB Advertising's "Think Small" print ad. Still thought of as among the most effective and compelling advertising campaigns of all time, "Think Small" captured the sense of what the Beetle was all about.

By the time the last Super Beetle was sold in 1980, over 21 million cars had been produced, thanks largely to its popularity in the United States. The Beetle remained on sale in Mexico until 2003, giving it a production run of 65 years.

1950 to 1979 Volkswagen Type 2 (Microbus)

The 1950 Volkswagen Type 2 took families and friends on great new adventures.

I still remember my own family's Weekender van and the places it took us. The sleepy Saturday dawn escapes out of the city for fresh air and sunshine, the tiny kitchenette, and the curtains. It was slow and ponderous – dangerous, really – but the adventures were right there for the taking.

Do memories count as a good reason for greatness? I suppose not. But then again, if legions of people have the same basic memories…then you're onto something, right? And the Volkswagen Type 2 surely has many fans like me.

Based on Beetle (Type 1) mechanicals, the Bus was otherwise entirely new and different. In fact, Volkswagen derived commercial trucks and vans from the Type 2, resulting in numerous names and variations.

From the first-gen Transporter with the split window windshield to the T1 (or Microbus, Bus, Kombi…), there was the basic 11-window model, or a 23-window or 21-window (Samba!) version. And let's not forget the ambulances, work vans, trucks, and campers. Perhaps the most popular of all, the Westfalia variants helped people in America escape to the Great Outside with pop-up tops, stoves, and more.

For almost 30 years, the Microbus was available in America, weaving itself into our national culture in the process. Internationally, the Microbus continued, with production ceasing in Brazil in 2013. That Brazilian Bus also marked the last rear-engine, air-cooled VW model.

1955 to 1974 Volkswagen Karmann-Ghia

Sexy without substance is okay, when it looks like the Volkswagen Karmann-Ghia.

Here's the ultimate classic car litmus test: If a vehicle can last almost 20 years without a redesign, without much more than a shuffling of elements, chances are it's a classic.

Scratch that. It's definitely a classic.

So it is with the Volkswagen Karmann-Ghia. Produced between 1955 and 1974, the 'Ghia didn't change much – and didn't need to. It was all sports car sizzle without the steak – unless you consider 43 hp (60 hp at the end of production!) and a top speed of 93 mph from a rear-mounted engine to be substantive.

Still, few people would say no to a Karmann-Ghia. Besides, the power didn't matter for this fun little car. Not with beautiful lines penned by Italian design firm Ghia, or the hand-shaped body built by Karmann.

Indeed, during its run, it was one of the most popular imported cars in America. More than 445,000 versions were built before the Karmann-Ghia drove off into the sunset – a remarkable number for what amounts to a fun and impractical halo car.

When the convertible version was added in 1958, well, that was just about the capper. Could anything be more appealing than a silky and curvy coupe, with a convertible sibling?

1975 to 1984 Volkswagen Rabbit

We call it a VW Rabbit. Everyone else in the world calls it a Golf. But what’s important here is that the Rabbit made hatchbacks popular with American car buyers.

Intended to replace the Beetle, the Rabbit was a landmark hit that put domestic automakers on notice. Someone in Germany, however, decided that we Americans would rather buy a car named after a furry little animal and a game of skill. Sad thing is they were right.

In any case, the Rabbit was a far better economy car than the tin boxes churning out of Detroit. With the Rabbit, Volkswagen developed an amazing front-drive chassis on which the company would roll out all sorts of little cars, from convertibles to 'pocket rocket' GTIs. There was even a pickup truck version!

Basically, the Rabbit was everything people loved about the Beetle, but better. Wolfsburg had done it again, creating an historic vehicle that would serve the people well over generations.

So confident was Volkswagen in the Rabbit that it built a new factory in Pennsylvania to produce them. But due to the 'Americanization' of the Rabbit – soft suspension, fake wood interior, velour upholstery, square headlights – demand fizzled and the factory closed.

For the 1985 model year, the Rabbit name retired in favor of the globally used Golf. The name Rabbit made a brief return in the mid-2000s, but it simply didn't stick.

Whatever. The original Rabbit took America by storm for many of the same reasons the Beetle did. A great car always stands the test of time.

1979 to 1984 Volkswagen Jetta

Add a trunk to the Rabbit and you’ve got yourself a sturdy and hardworking VW Jetta sedan.

The car that launched a thousand sorority sisters is a greatest-ever Volkswagen because it embodies the maturing model lineup of the brand, the strength of its offerings, and the hallmark of quality on which the Jetta was built.

The original Jetta was notable because it built on the popularity and goodness of the Rabbit. Essentially, the Jetta was a Rabbit with a trunk – but one designed by Italian master Giorgetto Giugiaro.

Of course, there were differences between the two cars, one of which being the Jetta's more premium interior. In fact, the first few generations of the Jetta featured high-quality and durable cabins, the kind you'd likely find on more expensive sedans.

Practical and sporty, the Jetta capably carried on the VW legacy of quality, simplicity, and practicality. Even better, towards the end of the first generation, VW introduced the Jetta GLI, giving the sedan critical GTI-based performance upgrades such as a fuel-injected, 90-hp engine, close-ratio 5-speed manual transmission, and sport suspension.

That first-gen GLI was a true and fun little sports sedan.

Sadly, the Jetta didn't get popular until the larger 1985 second generation. But that doesn't take away from the quality, appeal, or importance of the original.

1983 to Present Volkswagen GTI

The VW GTI brought the hot to the hatch and changed the auto world.

This story could be about 10 GTIs and no one would mind, such is the passion this amazing hatch conjures. It's well-deserved: Volkswagen put the hot hatch marker down with the first-generation Golf and followed up with a second version that was better and included an American cousin wearing Rabbit badges.

Oh my. The blathering from the automotive press when the Rabbit GTI debuted in 1983. Turns out Santa is German, and his workshop is located in hot hatch heaven. Fast, nimble, and high quality, the GTI was a fun and practical car priced for regular people. As such, it was a revelation.

So, what was so special then, and even today? The fun!

Compared to the stock Rabbit, the American-made and -produced GTI offered a more powerful engine, bigger (14-inch!) wheels, and a retuned suspension. Because the Rabbit was heavier than the global Golf, our GTI also performed differently compared to the European version.

But still. Hot damn! Hot hatch!

Among the many great vehicles that Volkswagen has produced, the GTI was and is among the most important. The first GTI told buyers that yes, you can have performance in your daily driver. And it spawned an army of imitators that lasts to this day.

For 1985, the Rabbit GTI made way for the Golf GTI. But it was really only ever the GTI. Over the years, it grew larger, moved to Mexico for its production, became more refined, and got more expensive. Yet to this day, it still offers that unique blend of practical fun and fire.

The GTI. It's an aloha girl tattoo under a business suit. Saturday nights you can't remember on Monday morning. Heck, I've had my moments with Johnny Law and the GTI, and (almost) don't regret a thing.

Fun. It's so underrated. But the Golf GTI isn't.

1989 to 1995 Volkswagen Corrado

The only way Volkswagen could replace the Scirocco was with the VW Corrado.

Skipping ahead to see if the Scirocco is on the list? Save yourself the agony. It's not. But the Corrado's here, and for good reason: The Corrado was a superbly designed sports coupe that had one of the world's best-ever engines stuffed between the front wheels.

That would be the 2.8-liter VR6, a cross between a V6 and an inline-6.

Dubbed the Corrado SLC, this sporty and luxurious coupe was a relative rocket that made 178 hp and 177 lb.-ft. of torque. That was enough for the Golf-based Corrado to speed right past the Scirocco as its eventual replacement. Sure, the Corrado was heavier. But it was also more upscale, powerful, and handsome.

Together, the Corrado and the Scirocco defined VW's sports coupe brilliance. In fact, it's a pity VW decided to make them so difficult to purchase, by limiting their production and generally behaving as if we weren't worthy.

Maybe, had they marketed the crap out of the Corrado, people would have thought differently about VW's persistent reliability issues at the time. Who knows?

One thing is sure: If you were smart and clever enough to catch the Corrado, you were treated to an exceptional driving experience and a stylish vehicle, built by Karmann and designed by Herbert Schäfer. Fast as fury, comfortable, stylish, and a superb handler, it was the only way a car like the Scirocco could be replaced.

The 1998 New Beetle saved Volkswagen in America. What could be better?

J Mays and Freeman Thomas brought Volkswagen back from the brink of darkness with the New Beetle. Period.

Say what you want about the performance and quality of the vehicle. None of that really matters in the big picture of things. This car – and this story – is about redemption and of recapturing past glories, then using them to catapult a brand into recovery. For at the time of its debut in 1998, VW was on the rocks with declining sales driven by a sullied reputation for cheaply made economy cars.

The New Beetle sparked the change VW needed, reminding people of a time when they loved their Volkswagens.

It didn't matter that it was in no way related to the original Beetle. Or that it was sitting on a Golf platform. What mattered was that it looked like the Beetle! That classic shape, the bulging fenders, the round lights. And when VW put the flower vase on the dashboard…poof.

Look at it this way: in 1998 you could go buy a box on wheels, another stupid square hatch. Or you could buy the round and different and personable and fun New Beetle.

2002 to Present Volkswagen Golf R (R32 until 2009)

If the GTI is not enough, try the Volkswagen Golf R.

What do you do when you get bored with a VW GTI?

First, you seek help. Because seriously, you may have issues.

And if that doesn't work, you can go get yourself the amazing Volkswagen Golf R. Today, this beauty of a hatch provides 292 hp and takes just 4.9 seconds to get to 60 mph. Plus, thanks to its standard all-wheel drive, the Golf R is exceptionally adept at carving canyons.

The fun began in 2003 with the Golf R32.

Part of that first car's charm was that it looked just like a GTI. That's a stealthy approach to performance. But it so wasn't a GTI under the sheetmetal.

At the start, the R32 raised 237 hp of fun, and even debuted VW's DSG transmission. The sad side of the story is that by 2007, the U.S. version of the R32 had dropped the manual shifter, gotten heavier, and was much more expensive.

By then, though, a next-generation replacement was on its way, swapping VR6 power for a turbocharged 4-cylinder and improving performance in every way. Today, if you want a performance Volkswagen, this is the car you buy.

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The 2022 Volkswagen Golf R is ready to overthrow the hottest hatchbacks that have been hogging headlines during its absence from our shores. Spawned from the improvements made to the upcoming Mk8 Golf GTI, the R-rated model has a more powerful 315-hp turbo-four and an all-wheel-drive system with a drift mode. While VW's latest and greatest high-performance hatch still isn't as showy as rivals like the Honda Civic Type R and Hyundai Veloster N, its more sophisticated appearance should only help catch its opponents off guard while attracting buyers who want a fast small car with low-key looks. A slew of exclusive equipment and subtle design details also work to separate it from the GTI, with which it shares a modern interior and myriad technology.

What's New for 2022?

After being on hiatus since the 2019 model year, the Golf R returns for 2022. Its resurrection follows the release of the eighth-generation Golf GTI. With VW planning to stop selling the regular Golf hatchback and station wagons here, that leaves the GTI and the R as the only versions America will get. Thankfully, both are favorites of ours. The Golf R is expected to go on sale at the end of this year.

Pricing and Which One to Buy

Since the Golf R is only offered as one fully loaded model, the only decision to make when buying one is whether you want to trade the standard six-speed manual for the optional seven-speed dual-clutch automatic. Choosing the latter increases its base price by just $800. However, we'd stick with the stick-shift. We'll leave the decision to get the Golf R painted Deep Black Pearl, Lapiz Blue metallic, or Pure White up to you.

Engine, Transmission, and Performance

Under the Golf R's hood is a turbocharged 2.0-liter inline-four-cylinder that makes 315 horsepower and 310 lb-ft of torque—up from 288 hp and 280 lb-ft in the last generation R. The engine pairs with either a six-speed manual or a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission. The standard 4Motion all-wheel-drive system features a rear differential that can actively distribute torque between the left and right rear wheels for improved handling. The Golf R's selectable drive modes (Comfort, Sport, Race, Special, Drift, and Individual) can be activated by pressing an "R" button on the steering wheel. We've sampled the hatch's Drift mode, which proved entertaining on slick surfaces, but it won't replace a rear-drive muscle car's fun-factor. Every model comes with a sport exhaust system, variable-ratio steering, and larger front disc brakes than before. It also rides on a set of 19-inch wheels shod with summer performance tires. During our first drive in Germany, the Golf R showed off the quickness and relentlessness of its strong engine, reactive dual-clutch automatic, and intelligent all-wheel-drive system. The version we drove was also equipped with the optional Performance package that adds two more drive modes, including an entertaining Drift mode that allows some tail-sliding antics.

Fuel Economy and Real-World MPG

VW hasn't released the city and highway ratings for the 2022 Golf R. Once those figures are made available, and we have a chance to run it on our 75-mph highway fuel-economy route, which is part of our extensive testing regimen, we can evaluate the high-performance hatchback's real-world mpg. For more information about the Golf R's fuel economy, visit the EPA's website.

Interior, Comfort, and Cargo

The Golf R mimics the GTI's new cabin design, which provides a sportier aesthetic than the last-generation Golf. Both have a thick-rimmed steering wheel with touch-sensitive controls that operate a 10.2-inch digital gauge cluster with configurable layouts. Unlike the GTI, the Golf R isn't available with plaid seat inserts, but it does boast bolstered front seats wrapped in nappa leather. These exclusive buckets have blue and carbon-look accents in the side sections as well as a blue "R" logo in the backrest. The other interior features include ambient lighting with 30 colors, stainless-steel pedals, and more carbon-look trim on the dashboard. The new Golf R also has impressive cargo space and a comfortable back seat.

Infotainment and Connectivity

As seen on the new GTI, the Golf R's infotainment system will run through a 10.0-inch touchscreen situated in the center of the dashboard. Its secondary controls include touch-sensitive sliders versus physical knobs and buttons. Along with the obligatory charging ports, the system should be available with a Harman/Kardon premium stereo. We also expect popular content such as Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, and a Wi-Fi hotspot.

Safety and Driver-Assistance Features

We expect the next-gen Golf R to offer as much or more driver-assistance technology as its predecessor, which suggests blind-spot monitoring and lane-keeping assist will be on the roster. For more information about the Golf R's crash-test results, visit the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) websites. Key safety features will likely include:

  • Standard forward-collision warning and automated emergency braking
  • Standard blind-spot monitoring and rear cross-traffic alert
  • Standard lane-departure warning and lane-keeping assist

Warranty and Maintenance Coverage

Although VW's powertrain warranty isn't tops among classmates, both its limited warranty and complimentary scheduled maintenance are among the best.

  • Limited warranty covers four years or 50,000 miles
  • Powertrain warranty covers four years or 50,000 miles
  • Complimentary maintenance is covered for two years or 20,000 miles



2022 Volkswagen Golf R
Vehicle Type: front-engine, all-wheel-drive, 5-passenger, 4-door hatchback

Base: $44,640

turbocharged and intercooled DOHC 16-valve inline-4, iron block and aluminum head, direct fuel injection
Displacement: 121 in3, 1984 cm3
Power: 315 hp @ 5900 rpm
Torque: 310 lb-ft @ 1900 rpm

6-speed manual, 7-speed dual-clutch automatic

Wheelbase: 103.6 in
Length: 168.9 in
Width: 70.4 in
Height: 57.7 in
Passenger Volume: 92 ft3
Cargo Volume: 20 ft3
Curb Weight: 3400–3450 lb

60 mph: 4.3–4.6 sec
100 mph: 11.5–11.9 sec
1/4-Mile: 12.8–13.1
Top Speed: 155 mph

Combined/City/Highway: 24–26/21–23/29–30 mpg


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10 Best Volkswagen Cars Ever Made

With the Volkswagen production starting out in the 1930s as requested by Adolf Hitler to create an affordable, ‘everybody’ car. Its name meaning “People’s Car,” it certainly did its job to provide an affordable family vehicle. It was based on Ferdinand Porsche’s design.

Updated August 2021: Volkswagen is now one of the world's biggest car brands, and whether you're a fan of Wolfsburg's finest, or just a lover of German cars in general, you'll be happy to know that we've updated this article with more information, better images, and more relevant links.

No credit to the other guy. Germany didn’t start mass-producing the cars until 1946, under British supervision. This helped the company reach new consumers internationally, and only bolstered its reputation for a cheap, but reliable solution. Models keep coming out, and Volkswagen is no longer just a people's car maker, they've even come up with some serious supercar designs, leaving many to wonder just which of the models were the best and most important of the bunch.

10 The Iconic Beetle

Making its way onto the scene of the fabulously hip 1960s, it’s not very hard to see why the Beetle had so many fans. With over 21-million models produced and sold, the numbers really speak for themselves regarding how well this car did internationally.

Related: 7 Reasons Why We Love The Old Volkswagen Beetle (3 Reasons Why It Was Horrible)

It started to become iconic, and it was the vehicle of choice for many car movies like Herbie. This kept sales very high for decades to come. Sadly, it stopped being mass-produced in 2003, and while it was a shame that it had to leave, they recently revived it with their dune buggy models. However, the Beetle wasn't really dead, it lived on as the New Beetle, based on the Golf platform, until 2019.

9 The VW Bus

The VW Bus is one of the longest-running vehicles ever produced, but that's not all, it's, arguably, also one of the most relevant vehicles in automotive history. It was the ride of choice for the hippies, whether they were partying or protesting the Vietnam War. Since then, the classic bus has become a highly sought-after collectible that has seen its prices skyrocket, and the more modern models are favorites among the van life movement.

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8 Volkswagen Scirocco

Based on the Golf platform, and also receiving the Golf's powertrain options, the first generation of the Scirocco arrived in 1974 was mass-produced for eight years. It was followed by the arguably better-looking MK2 in 1981, but in 1992 the model was discontinued and replaced by the Corrado. It would be until 2008 before another Scirocco would appear on the market. Again, it was loosely based on the Golf and with similar engine options, which included a 1.4-liter, a 2-liter, and a diesel version.

7 Volkswagen Golf GTi

The Volkswagen Golf has been around since 1974. The first GTI appeared in 1976 and forever changed the automotive scenery. VW actually only planned on making 5,000 units, but thanks to incredible demand, an amazing 461,690 units were sold.

Related: 10 Reasons Why The Golf Mk2 Is The Best '80s Hot Hatch

Since then, we've seen the MK2 with its 8-valve, 16-valve, and supercharged 1.8-liter engines. There was the sort of overweight MK3, available with 8-valve and 16-valve 2-liter engine, as well as a VR6 unit, the MK4, which introduced the 1.8-liter turbo and the 3.2-liter R32, the MK5 with its 2-liter turbo engines, and then for the MK6, the Golf R was introduced for the first time. The Golf is now in its 8th and final generation.

6 Volkswagen Corrado

This is the car that stole the Scirocco's spot in VW's lineup in the early '90s. Based on the Golf platform, Volkswagen gave the car a sporty design that made it a hit with the car buying public throughout its relatively short life. Only one generation was available, sold from 1988 to 1995, with engines ranging from a 1.8-liter 16-valve unit to a supercharged 1.8-liter 8-valve unit, all the way up to 2.9L VR6.

5 The Volkswagen Jetta

Just like its hatchback brother, the Golf, the Volkswagen Jetta is a long-time classic that started production in ‘74 and still roams the streets today. The newest GLi is fitted with a 228 hp engine, which just happens to be the same one used in the latest Golf GTi’s. This isn't a huge surprise, seeing as the two models are built on the same platform.

4 The Volkswagen Passat

Volkswagen really expanded its consumer base with the release of their family-based car in ‘72 with the Passat B1. Now in its 8th generation, the B8 still sets out to be a high-quality car for families. It’s a large family car available with either front-wheel-drive or four-wheel-drive. It’s a very good option for those looking for a decent sized family car that won’t break the bank. It’s even won multiple awards, like Motor Trend Car of the Year 2012 and for its record-setting low fuel consumption.

3 Volkswagen Phaeton

The Phaeton was Volkswagen's prestige project, conceived by then-chairman of VAG, Ferdinand Piëch, who wanted a car that would basically be the best German luxury car ever made. Although the Volkswagen Group already had the Audi A8 to compete in the full-size luxury car segment, they designed to Phaeton to be a direct competitor to the luxury-oriented Mercedes-Benz S-Class rather than something like the sport-oriented Audi A8 and BMW 7 Series.

Piëch gave his engineers a list of ten parameters the Phaeton had to fulfill. Some were downright ridiculous, such as the fact that the Phaeton should be capable of driving at 186 mph all day in an exterior temperature of 122 °F whilst maintaining an interior temperature of 72 °F. This is extra ridiculous considering the Phaeton's top speed was electronically limited to 155 mph

2 Volkswagen Eos

Another well-loved compact sports car done right, the Eos had a very good run with its nine years in production. The car had a plethora of available engine options, starting with a 1.4-liter, a 1.6-liter, some 2-liter units that were either gasoline or diesel-powered, and then things got a little ridiculous; VW decided to fit a 3.2-liter VR6 unit, and even a 260 hp 3.6-liter VR6 unit.

The sports car's performance potential was just as apparent at its sleek style and available drop-top style. Its final edition came in only three colors, as its sales started to decline in the U.S. Only 1,400 were left available in its final year.

1 The Volkswagen Touareg

The Touareg is an SUV that uses the same platforms as its corporate siblings; the Porsche Cayenne and Audi Q7. It hasn't been available on the U.S. market since the 2017 model year, as its sales never took off here. Over the years, the Touareg has been available with a range of weird and wonderful engines, such as the 6-liter W12 unit and the 5-liter V10 diesel. We really don't get the point of the V10 diesel, as it certainly wasn't frugal... it did probably have enough torque to pull a small town, though.


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Collectors Who Caught the Bug


Volkswagen’s original Beetle, cute and petite, still thrills aficionados.

Most of us don’t find insects endearing, but Volkswagen’s Bug can elicit smiles. Unofficially nicknamed both Beetle and Bug, the original Volkswagen Type 1 is the happy little car that won the hearts of American motorists with its quirky personality, its unique appearance and a brilliant advertising campaign.

Although beloved today, the car that made Volkswagen a major automaker was born ignominiously as a pet project of Adolf Hitler, who wanted an inexpensive vehicle for average Germans. But the car never got off the ground in Hitler’s time. Ferdinand Porsche and his team completed their design by 1938, but wartime production took precedence, and the Beetle was not mass-produced until the end of the 1940s.

Porsche has traditionally been credited as the Beetle’s creator, but in 1953 his standing was challenged by Bela Barenyi, a Hungarian engineer who contended in court that he had designed a very similar machine for Mercedes-Benz before Porsche made his first Beetle. Thus the Bug was born with two squabbling fathers.

Today, when 600 horsepower is not uncommon in high-performance automobiles, it may be hard to imagine how one can fall in love with a car whose first iteration had a mere 25 horsepower and took almost forever to reach its top speed of 62 miles an hour. But a growing number of classic car collectors and VW enthusiasts are enamored of the older Beetles, the models from 1949 through 1965 that got by with 40 horsepower or less and a top speed of 60 to 72 m.p.h. Diminutive cars that are dependent on driver skill to achieve acceptable acceleration, the pokey Beetles are much loved.

How beloved? Matthew Smith, a Ph.D. candidate at the University of Manchester in England, is basing his thesis on the special place the little car holds in the lives of many and how this relationship can foster positive mental health. Mr. Smith practices what he preaches: He owns numerous Beetles, the oldest a 1954 model.

The fan base is big, and the barriers to entry to this corner of the collector market are relatively low — think $20,000 to $30,000 for a nice specimen, and substantially lower for a project car.

“I’m in love with Swoon,” said Lourdes Orive of Beaux Arts Village in Washington State. Swoon is her 1960 Beetle, manufactured in Wolfsburg, Germany, and sold by Hans Moosmaier, a dealer in Bamberg.

A German market car, it retains the semaphore turn signals that pop up from the B-pillar to indicate a change of direction. With just 36 horsepower, Swoon isn’t in a hurry to get anywhere, taking over half a minute to reach her top speed of 68 m.p.h. (Yes, Swoon is a female, a mature and classy lady, according to Ms. Orive.)

“Female is just a feeling I get when I drive her,” said Ms. Orive, who doesn’t mind the pokey acceleration. “The beauty of it is I don’t have to go anywhere fast,” she said. “It reminds me to take life at a more reasonable pace.”

Many people name their cars, but Beetle owners seem more inclined than most. Taking cues from Herbie, the Love Bug? In posts on Facebook Beetle groups, women’s names are common.

Doug and Nancy Barber, who live in Ohio, bought their 1964 Beetle from the second owner’s grandson. The car, now known as Bella, was driven 85,150 meticulously documented miles before being taken off the road for the most part in 1983 and retired to a life of pampering. Every autumn Bella was treated to an extensive maintenance and beautification procedure until the owner died in 2018. Those 35 years added only 2,630 miles to the odometer.

The car now lives in a climate-controlled garage and gets a maintenance and appearance refresh every autumn. Since the Barbers bought the car, they have driven it about 3,000 miles a year: 65 m.p.h. max in the right lane.

“When we get in Bella it’s 1964 all over again,” said Mr. Barber, a retired teacher and an automotive historian who has owned six Volkswagens. That connection may be due to his mother having chauffeured him around in a ’60s Beetle when he was young. It is no coincidence that Mom’s Beetle wore the same “sea blue” paint as Bella.

“All of the sensations are the same. It sounds like I remember it. It smells like I remember it,” Mr. Barber said.

That smell is the classic VW aroma emanating from the coconut-hair seat padding, something Beetle lovers embrace. Perhaps it’s testimony to the car’s simplicity that the smell of the upholstery is a key feature. But other practical attributes stand out.

“They were what they were: economical, reliable, repairable and relatable,” Mr. Barber said.

Other Bugs are given men’s names. Mike Betz of George, Iowa, bought his ’64 Beetle from a man named Roy, so he named the car Roy. Why not? The car is an original, having been treated only to a repaint and 12-volt conversion. (Early VWs relied on a somewhat unreliable six-volt electrical system.)

Mr. Betz drives his Beetle regularly and reports that the 40-horsepower machine’s first gear is sluggish but that the upper gears of the four-speed manual transmission provide a bit more punch.

But collectors aren’t into Beetles for speed. For most, the attraction lies in the very simple nature of the car, an attribute celebrated by the advertising campaign that Doyle Dane Bernbach created for Volkswagen in 1959. The first ad featured a tiny photo of the Beetle and the headline “Think Small.”

Sherry Hendershot of Spencerport, N.Y., has been driving Beetles for 40 years. One of her current cars is a practical late model, the other a 36-horsepower 1960 model. She named it Flo.

“The older Beetles are more utilitarian,” Ms. Hendershot said. “They’re for the purists. I love the old-style look, with a metal dashboard and not many bells and whistles. No vinyl padded dash.”

Ms. Hendershot fell in love with the little cars at an early age. Her science teacher, Mr. Warren, gave her a ride home in his Beetle when she was a 15-year-old high school student. “I’ve been in love with them ever since,” she said.

As if to underscore her devotion, Ms. Hendershot recently bought yet another Beetle, a largely original ’59. More love.

While the Beetles’ unhurried nature is often a plus, there are dissenters. Jeff Spearn of Searcy, Ark., owns a ’56 Beetle that he modified to make it as quick as most muscle cars. With a VW engine displacing 2.3 liters and dressed with an array of speed equipment, the little 200-horsepower Bug can knock off a quarter-mile in 13 seconds at 100 m.p.h. And yes, his hot rod, which is a regular on the rod and custom car show circuit, has a name: Dark Horse.

But Mr. Spearn also has a completely stock, coral red 36-horsepower ’56 Beetle. A third ’56 Beetle is disassembled in preparation for reincarnation. When Mr. Spearn was 15, he used $45 of his paper route money to buy a beat-up Beetle. After rebuilding the carburetor and installing a new wiring harness, he was able to drive it around the block, and it provided transportation through his high school years.

Beetles provide “relaxed fun,” Mr. Spearn said. “You can’t get away from having a good time when you’re driving a Volkswagen.”


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