Volkswagen Beetles And Buses: Smaller And Smarter

October 6, 2020|
Volkswagen Beetles And Buses: Smaller And Smarter by Russell Hayes
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This illustrated history celebrates the 75th and 70th anniversaries of Volkswagen''s two most iconic vehicles, from the first Beetles spearheaded by Ferdinand Porsche in the 1940s to the buses that became synonymous with a generation.instantly recognizable vehicles: the Beetle (a.k.a. Bug) and the Bus. More than23 million VW Beetleshave buzzed into the world since 1945, while the VW Bus presaged the minivan by thirty-plus years. <I>Volkswagen: Beetles and Buses </I>examines and celebrates all aspects of the vehicles and the many cultural associations that have swirled around them for more than seven decades. The diminutive rear-engined and easily mass-produced Beetle became themost popular imported car in Americaduring the 1960s. Its success was due to its familiar face, its wildlyclever ad campaigns, and the sheer numbers produced. The equally compact yet spacious Bus (a.k.a.Kombi,Microbus,Type 2,Transporter, and simply “van) has won millions of fans around the world with its practicality, simplicity, and design.<BR <BR In this beautifully illustrated and authoritatively written celebration, author Russell Hayes looks back at the vehicles while focusing on the classic air-cooled VWs that ran into the late 1970s. Along the way, readers witness the Beetle and Bus at work and at play and learn about vehicle development and growingroles in popular culture, including star appearances in films likeThe Love Bug, Little Miss Sunshine, Footloose, Fight Club, The Big Lebowski,andFast Times at Ridgemont High, as well as television shows likeLostandOnce Upon a Timeand on the covers of the Beatles''Abbey Roadand Bob Dylan''sFreewheelin''album. The story is brought up to date with coverage of theNew Beetleand plans for theVW Buzz, a modern electric version of the iconicMicrobusdue in 2022.Volkswagen: Beetles<I>and Buses</I>deserves a place in the motoring libraries of VW owners, automotive enthusiasts, and those simply interested in pop culture. It''s the ultimate illustrated history of these beloved vehicles.
Russell Hayesdivides his time between writing (mostly on classic car and consumer subjects) and TV production (he has worked onTop GearandDriven). He lives in London, England.
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Title:Volkswagen Beetles And Buses: Smaller And Smarter
Format:Hardcover
Product dimensions:176 pages, 10.38 X 8.88 X 0.88 in
Shipping dimensions:176 pages, 10.38 X 8.88 X 0.88 in
Published:October 6, 2020
Publisher:Motorbooks
Language:English
Appropriate for ages:All ages
ISBN - 13:9780760367667

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