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View Poll Results: Volkswagen Type 1 Beetle
Sub Zero 5 15.63%
Cool 16 50.00%
Uncool 4 12.50%
Seriously Uncool 7 21.88%
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Volkswagen Type 1 Beetle

Iconic. Is it cool?
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No

But i am a huge Mini fan. The Beetle will never be cool or good in my eyes
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But i am a huge Mini fan. The Beetle will never be cool or good in my eyes
Do yo see a Mini here.

I don't.

This thread isn't about what you think about the Mini.

It's about the Type 1.



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Oooooo get her
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Maybe i should clarify, classic car people are usually split between the Mini and the Beetle.

Im a Mini person, hence i dont like the Beetle, or think it is cool

Is that better?
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Im a Mini person.

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Uber cool , i like how it looks melted or dripping , split rear screen sub zero .
Later or newer with more curves and round windscreen do not look as cool .
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classic car people are usually split between the Mini and the Beetle.
I'm like this - can't decide which I think is the worse car!

Actually that's not true - the Beetle is far far worse. Dreadful car, uncool.
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Come on! its a Legend, had a 1967 6V Beetle when i was at Uni and it got me La-id more often than my Spider ever has. Could be im older and uglier now though!

The flat 4 engine is one of the best ever, extremely low maintenance and high reliability, the engine could be dropped out in 10 mins flat by a DIY mechanic. ~The shape is Iconic and was the basis for the original 911. As above when they went the curved screen route in the 70's i went off but! the older the better and 50's Beetles were the best.
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It was comissioned by Hitler
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It was comissioned by Hitler
Yes , how can a car with this background be cool?

And they have a British military system to thank for their quality systems! They needed help.
The British Major Who Saved Volkswagen | Maj. Ivan Hirst
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It was commissioned by Hitler
In all probability, it was his only good idea (assuming that the stories of him nicking a pre-war Jewish engineer's ideas aren't true).
 
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In all probability, it was his only good idea (assuming that the stories of him nicking a pre-war Jewish engineer's ideas aren't true).
I have the official VW books on this subject including the one about use of forced labour ."However, most of the Italians were withdrawn after Italy entered the Second World War in the early summer of 1940. From then on, the factory was subject to chronic labor shortages, which it tried to overcome by making use of foreign forced laborers". Etc
Etc.
But they are sorry about it now.
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I'm a bit of a classic car person, I suppose. I don't really like Beetles tbh but I think that most, but not all, versions are quite cool. I've never wanted one but I accept they are quite cool in their own pseudo-hippy, psychodelic way. I've never, ever, wanted to own one however.


I'd rather have an Imp than a Mini btw, it was a far more left-field choice back then (and now) but the Mini is still a cool tool too nowadays (it wasn't so much so IMO in the 70's/80's coz everyone had them even in motorsport so you looked a bit of a sheep if you rallied one). Not too many people seem to be able to distinguish beteween their own likes and cool though. Sorry, I know, it's as much a perennial bug-bear of mine as kb's diffusers and supercar premise.


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Come on! its a Legend, had a 1967 6V Beetle when i was at Uni and it got me La-id more often than my Spider ever has. Could be im older and uglier now though!
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Excuse me but the same could be said for a packet of fags.
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VWs (and Minis) are so common they don't get a second glance out on the road, therefore uncool.
From that post war era there were several cars with similar lines. Morris Minor, 2CV, Beetle, Fiat Topolino. Only the Fiat is now cool to my eyes.
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Not too many people seem to be able to distinguish beteween their own likes and cool though.
You're probably right about this. But my reason for voting it uncool is partly that Hippy connection, as well as it being dreadful. Being a beatnik hasn't been cool for a long time. Having a car that sounds like a lawnmower has never been cool.
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Just a quick question, could someone please explain to me the connection between VWs and black pool 8 balls. They use them as gear knobs wtf. I work on T4 and T5 camper conversions, they do it as well, plus lots of other odd stuff like huge led lit VW badges. Wierd.
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They have the famous '8 Ball Diner' in Essex that has been long associated with the Volks Jam i believe?

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The photography book of the Wolfsburg plant by Peter Keetman is worth a look, or google image search at least.
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They have the famous '8 Ball Diner' in Essex that has been long associated with the Volks Jam i believe?
OK, so what came first , the 8 ball on the cars or was it a desire to be associated with the diner. Oh dear, I'm talking like I'm interested in VWs now, what has become of me.
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A 'Chicken & Egg' question Alfafamily. I don't know but would guess the diner came 1st and then the VW scene became associated with it as apparently they are very Car Club friendly.

A quick search brought this up ....
http://thelatebay.com/index.php?topic=13959.0
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Just a quick question, could someone please explain to me the connection between VWs and black pool 8 balls. They use them as gear knobs wtf. I work on T4 and T5 camper conversions, they do it as well, plus lots of other odd stuff like huge led lit VW badges. Wierd.
Pool ball gearknobs aren't unique to Dubs. I had an 8 ball in my Mini and my Primera GT. When I get around to it, my Audi is getting a red striped number 11 ball. My Alfa had a cue ball for a while (a-la the classic Hurst shifter found in 60s muscle cars). The make a great gearknob because of the size and perfect roundness.

The hot rod/Kustom/lowrider world has a long and glorious history of alternative gearknobs including samurai sword grips, handguns, 50cc moped pistons and all manner of other things.
 
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