Art inspired by the iconic VW Beetle Car
The iconic Volkswagen Beetle is the subject for this variety of artwork featuring the people’s car.
The Volkswagen Beetle (officially the Volkswagen Type 1, informally in Germany the Volkswagen Käfer and in the U.S. as Volkswagen Bug) is a two-door, four passenger, rear-engine economy car manufactured and marketed by German automaker Volkswagen (VW) from 1938 until 2003.
These photographs and art pieces are available to purchase in a variety of ways as VW Beetle wall art as well as on products such as tote bags, throw pillows and more.
Framed and matted, posters, prints, as well as canvas prints, acrylic prints and metal prints are available.
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10 Things You Might Not Know About VW Beetles
- In 1925, an 18-year old Hungarian technology student, Bela Barenyi submitted a chassis design for a “Volkswagen” in 1925 and is credited with having conceived the basic design for the VW Beetle.
- Ferdinand Porsche was an Austrian automotive engineer who is best known for creating the Volkswagen Beetle after he received a contract from Hitler to build prototypes in 1934.
- Production started in 1938 and Adolf Hitler used the name “KdF-Wagen” (“Kraft durch Freude” meaning “Strength through Joy”) for the automobile developed by Ferdinand Porsche, but the public at-large settles on a name by calling it the “Volkswagen” (people’s car)
- On 3rd July 1938, The New York Times newspaper used the nickname “Beetle” for the very first time, referring to “Porsche’s People’s Car”.
- In 1949, the Beetle Convertible went into production and in 1950, the Beetle became the best-selling car of the decade with a market share of around 40%.
- On 17th Feb 1972, with 15,007,034 vehicles produced, the Beetle broke the record held by the legendary “Tin Lizzy” from Ford Motor Company to become the new world champion. The Beetle was the first car in the world to sell over 20 million units and remained the most built Volkswagen ever until 2002 when it was overtaken by the Volkswagen Golf.
- The Beetle first arrived in the UK in 1952, imported by British servicemen stationed in Germany; in 1964 the 100,000th Beetle was imported into Britain and in 1971 the 14 millionth Beetle arrived in Britain!
- The classic Beetle was manufactured from 1938 to 2003 – an incredible 65 years! Making the VW Beetle the longest produced vehicle in history. During this time, 21,529,464 Beetles were built.
- Shells of the last two Beetles made in Germany are protected in wax and housed at Volkswagens Milton Keynes parts store.
- One of the most famous Volkswagen Beetles is the race car from the Herbie movies. The white #53 is one of the most popular paint schemes for our bug!