Hooniverse Weekend Edition: Last Call

This weekend is reputed to be date of the introduction of the VDub….lovely Amber’s favorite means of transport…

Whether that is actually true, I will leave to my many fellow Hoons with a much better grasp of automotive history.

And, Doyle, Dane, Bernbach did a wonderful job in advertising the Volkwagen to the American buying public.

But the best non advertising photo this olelongrooffan has ever seen is this one of my Big Brother Bob with his girlfriend at 19 years old with his 1967 Type I washing this beauty on the Lindenlure underwater bridge way back in the day.
Yeah, BBB, Thanks for your service to our country this Memorial Day weekend.

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  1. Van Sarockin Avatar
    Van Sarockin

    Hard to imagine that air cooled VWs are out of production. They were ubiquitous for generations. The scene in Sleeper where they come on an old VW abandoned somewhere, and it just starts up, still rings too true.

    1. facelvega Avatar

      You can still get a Beck spyder or speedster with an air-cooled vw engine, man.
      <img src="http://www.ssip.net/upload/porsche-550-spyder-front-1_166.jpg"&gt;

      1. Edie Marlowe Avatar
        Edie Marlowe

        MI used cars from <a href"http://miautotimes.com/">MI Auto Times had this exact same model in their showroom. What a fun car to drive!

        1. Edie Marlowe Avatar
          Edie Marlowe

          MI Auto Times

    2. FuzzyPlushroom Avatar

      I can see how that might turn a car on, in theory.

    3. jjd241 Avatar

      They were still in production up until quite recently… http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Volkswagen_Beetle#Wo

  2. anthromt Avatar

    There's something both wonderful and tragic about this photograph – we should all be so lucky as to have a girl in a bikini smiling in a stream with our Beetles. Cars can make us happy. Thanks for sharing!

  3. FuzzyPlushroom Avatar

    They cut out the New Beetle's stubby little antenna!
    My first ridiculous smile of the day.

  4. skitter Avatar

    I would like to point out that Examples 1-2 make sense, and Example 4 probably made sense at the time. Example 3, a.k.a. Modern Advertising, makes none whatsoever.*
    *The Google turned up no intrinsic relationship between eggs and 700.

  5. $kaycog Avatar

    I just want to say that the picture of your brother washing his VW is absolutely beautiful!
    Happy Memorial Day to all!

  6. Joe Btfsplk Avatar
    Joe Btfsplk

    What this country needs is 50 cent gas and a good $1,500 Volkswagen……

  7. CptSevere Avatar

    I love it. A VW and a ford in the same picture.

    1. longrooffan Avatar

      Well played Sir. Well played.

    2. Dutch Avatar

      Is the bottom one a Falcon? Cuz the top one is a Chrysler New Yorker.

  8. mr. mzs zsm msz esq Avatar
    mr. mzs zsm msz esq

    What a very pretty photo and thanks BBB and every other service man or woman!

  9. Rust-MyEnemy Avatar

    My favourite VW advertisement was this TV beauty from circa '90.
    [youtube JF-KJ5-KNQk http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JF-KJ5-KNQk youtube]
    Have a fantastic Memoria Day you guys.

    1. tonyola Avatar

      I think the best WV commercial was this 1969 ad for the "1949 Auto Show".[youtube P2jJeEnHbtA&feature=player_embedded http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P2jJeEnHbtA&feature=player_embedded youtube]

  10. K5ING Avatar

    Read a Popular Mechanic's Owners Report about the VW Beetle…. from 1956!!
    A full 95% of owners rated their car "excellent"…PM's highest satisfaction number ever.