Tribute to the Love Bug
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One of the most iconic and well known vehicles ever made, the Love Bug, aka the
Volkswagen Beetle, has a place in the heart of all car lovers. It’s funny because there is
nothing really that special about the car except that it has a body design that is a little
different from mainstream designs in auto manufacturing.
First introduced in 1938 as an economy car by Volkswagens, the Beetle or Bug, is the
most manufactured car from a single design platform throughout the world with more
than 21 million cars built. Produced up until 2006, its official name is the Volkswagen
Type 1, but this name is rarely used.
Popular because of its affordability, the car quickly became a hit in the 1940s in
Germany and throughout Europe. Over the years the car has become known as the
people car and is often associated with hippie and surf culture of the 60s and 70s in the
United States. The car re-emerged on the scene in the 1990s and quickly became a
favorite among motorists around the world.
The impact of the Love Bug
Firmly entrenching its place in history, the VW Bug was voted the 4th more influential car
of the 20th century, a significant achievement. However, its true impact can be seen in
its role in popular culture. All you have to do is ask anyone and they will be able to tell
you about the VW Beetle. It is one of the most iconic and recognizable cars ever.
Just how much of an impact has the Love Bug had? Take a look at the following
instances of the vehicle in popular culture:
The Punch Buggy Game: Everyone knows this game and has played it when they
were a kid. The game is simple. Be the first one to see a VW Bug driving down
the street, and punch your friend in the arm while saying, “Punch Buggy, no
punch backs”. People still play this game to this day, especially when they are on
a road trip.
The Love Bug Movie: This car is so loved by people that they made a movie
about it. Commonly referred to as Herbie the Love Bug, the Walt Disney movie
was released in 1969 and tells the story of a pearl white sun roofed Volkswagen
Beetle race car. The movie was so popular that four sequels were created and
the films made over 50 million dollars at the box office.
The Transformers: This famous cartoon series, which debuted in 1984 and has
subsequently, had a number of spinoffs and major motion pictures features a
lovable VW Bug Autobot character named Bumblebee.
The Beetle Challenge: This is a circuit racing championship based out of the UK
that uses only VW Beetles as the race cars.
The car has also popped up in numerous television shows and commercials over the
years. We can see from its presence, the Volkswagen Type 1, has evolved from a car
that beat the odds, produced more cars then manufacturers ever imagined and has
captured the hearts of car lovers around the world.