Wolseley "Beetle" (1904), a racing car by Gordon Bennett of the UK. Note: the "Wolseley" brand name (dormant) is now owned by SAIC of China, a major joint venture partner of Volkswagen AG of Germany. Dr. Ferdinand Porsche, Sr. (1875-1951) began building his first Beetle prototypes in 1931, with the first official German government-sponsored car made in 1935 (chassis used in continuous production until 2003 in Puebla, Mexico). Brand new Beetles continue in limited production by two independent firms in southern Germany today - one in Bavaria (Memminger Feine Cabrios & Stahlbau GmbH in Reichertshofen, Bavaria) and a VW-sponsored firm in Baden-Württemberg (the Volkswagen electric e-Beetle made by e-Classics). The English language nickname "Beelte" was used by the public at least going back to the 1950s, but only appeared in official Volkswagen sales literature for the car in the 1969 model year.
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