Sunday, February 01, 2015

Sunday Photos: Volkswagen Beetle

There was a heritage car rally happening in Chennai this weekend, where the old cars are drove to and fro to Pondicherry. Being close to Elliots Beach in Besant Nagar, I couldn't visit the venue – where cars are parked in front of the promenade – although I was interested, I wasn't intended to go to be the truth. But I have been to one of the rally held in VGP (Golden Beach) parking lot, few years back on ECR and got chance to capture some of the vintage cars on park, as well as on move. Follows one of the cars I found in rally: a yellow color Volkswagen Beetle, a 1964 model!

V W Beetle
The Volkswagen Beetle, also known as VW Type 1 or VW Bug, is a two door come four passenger car with rear engine manufactured and marketed by German automaker Volkswagen from 1938 until 2003. The need of this car and its functional objectives were formulated by Adolf Hitler, leader of Nazi Germany, who wished for a cheap, simple car to be mass-produced for the new road network of his country. He contracted Porsche in 1934 to design and build it to his exacting standards was one of the first rear-engine cars, which was on designing for four years.

Bug on road
The bug on move
With over 21 million manufactured in an air-cooled, rear-engine, rear-wheel drive configuration, the Beetle is the longest-running and most-manufactured car of a single design platform, worldwide. Although designed in the 1930s, the Beetle was only produced in significant numbers from 1945 was internally designated the Volkswagen Type 1 and marketed simply as the "Volkswagen". The model became widely known in its home country as the Käfer (beetle in German) and was later marketed as such in Germany, and as the Volkswagen Beetle in other countries.

(Source of info Wiki)

14 comments:

Ramakrishnan Ramanathan said...

This one is a real beauty !

TexWisGirl said...

one of the cutest classic cars, ever. :)

ashok said...

cute car...looks cuter in yellow!

Destination Infinity said...

I keep missing this rally every year! This car is so bright and so yellow. Thanks for telling us the history behind it, good to know.

Destination Infinity

Uppal said...

Should I tell you, Jeevan that VOLKSWAGEN sedan (not Beetle) was the first car we owned. My husband was in England( before our marriage) for his post doc in Cambridge Uni. After finishing the course,he purchased the sedan and shipped that to India. It was a sturdy,air cooled, rear engined beauty and we traveled throughout India in that.In fact, we enjoyed our honeymoon outing immensely, courtesy the precious white beauty. Thanks for the nostalgic trip!!!

George said...

I love the color of this classic car. We still see this version on the road, although most 'Beetles' are newer versions.

Ankita said...

My grandpa had a Morris 8 and an Austin. Morris 8 was manufactured by a British company and it was indeed very lovely just like this little lemony Volkswagen :)

Betsy Adams said...

Love that yellow 'bug'.... My brother had one of those (not that pretty color though) years ago --and loved it...

Hugs,
Betsy

ladyfi said...

The Beetle is a classic!

Rajesh said...

The cute little car is a charm.

Twilight Man said...

This car is unique to me when someone told me it doesn't need water in its radiator.

This car is popular in my country as collectors' items but I had never seen a striking yellow like this.

Indrani said...

She is a beauty!
Great memories for you!

Chandra said...

Very nice color and a folks car, really.
I am reminded of "Love Bug", the movie.

Good one, Jeevan!

Have a Great Day and good luck with the move.

Peace :)

Meoww said...

Absolute car of my choice! And a bright color as well :)