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Rides from the Readers: 1963 VW Beetle

Today’s featured car is a 1963 Volkswagen Beetle. 1963 was a good year for the Beetle, particularly in the U.S. market. Sales were so strong, in fact, that VW’s assembly lines scrambled to keep pace, and the company chose to delay introduction of a new 50-hp, 1500-cc Beetle until 1965.


This particular Beetle entered the ownership of Martin Van Pelt in 1972 for $85 outside a youth hostel in West Germany.


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