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The Car Lot: An Icon Throughout the Years

Take a look at the Volkswagen Beetle
Photo by: Belle Goodale
A 1963 VW beetle at the village car show

Hello everyone, this is a new column I’m very excited to write and I hope you’ll stay tuned to learn about my favorite car: the iconic classic Volkswagen Beetle, also known as the “slug bug”.


The name:  “Beetle”  was not its original name, it caught on from the New York Times. Its original name was ‘Volkswagen’ or ‘the people’s car’ noting its fuel efficiency and its affordable price.

According to Bug Love, the Beetle is lighter than most cars due to the engine positioned in the back, this gives it traction in the snow and sometimes the ability to float, it also naturally drifts around tight corners. The side-identical glove boxes allow for the steering wheel to be on either side of the car. A unique look comes with an uncommon storage compartment called a frunk or front trunk. 

Owning any car comes with pros and cons. The lightweight build of the Beetle is due to lack of safety and insulation, making it much louder than some prefer, and is easier  to crumble in an accident. It’s also not the fastest car, only reaching up to 100 km/h (62 mph).

Many people like to customize their  “Bugs”, well in 2014 a British engineer decided to strap a 1500 HP jet engine onto a Beetle, taking customization to a new level.  Theoretically the Beetle could go 140 mph. Does it run? It sure does, it even leaves flames as it speeds away!

So there you have it folks, a classic car that’s been around for decades. People have certainly enjoyed this car, myself included. Is there any information you want to add about  this car, or is there a car you want to know more about? Leave a comment below and keep on rolling!

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Belle Goodale
Belle Goodale, Staff Reporter
Hi everyone my name is Annabelle I go by Belle, and this is my 1st year on the Timberline Paw Print News Staff. I’m a reporter this year and I take photos, write my own stories and write about cars. I’ve been taking photos for a few years and I’ve always written stories, only recently I got into cars, but I hope you learn just as much as I do! I’m currently in collision repair, I also play soccer. I’ll be trying to cover some sports, hope to see you at the games!
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    OleSep 29, 2023 at 12:31 pm

    Love this! Interesting facts about the history of the back trunk and the “frunk”.