From Nazis to Hippies: End of the Road for Volkswagen Beetle

Auto | Associated Press | July 13, 2019, 9:10 am
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 Employees take photos of the Final Edition version of the Volkswagen Beetle, painted

Employees take photos of the Final Edition version of the Volkswagen Beetle, painted "stonewash blue," according to the company, as it rolls out at the production plant in Puebla, Mexico on July 10, 2019. The last Beetle is not for sale, but destined instead for a museum. (Image: AP)

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 German Nazi leader Adolf Hitler speaks at the opening ceremony of the Volkswagen car factory in Fallersleben, Lower Saxony, Germany. Volkswagen is halting production of the last version of its Beetle model in July 2019 at its plant in Puebla, Mexico, the end of the road for a vehicle that has symbolized many things over a history spanning eight decades since 1938. (Image: AP)

German Nazi leader Adolf Hitler speaks at the opening ceremony of the Volkswagen car factory in Fallersleben, Lower Saxony, Germany. Volkswagen is halting production of the last version of its Beetle model in July 2019 at its plant in Puebla, Mexico, the end of the road for a vehicle that has symbolized many things over a history spanning eight decades since 1938. (Image: AP)

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 German Nazi leader Adolf Hitler speaks at the opening ceremony of the Volkswagen car factory in Fallersleben, Lower Saxony, Germany. (Image: AP)

German Nazi leader Adolf Hitler speaks at the opening ceremony of the Volkswagen car factory in Fallersleben, Lower Saxony, Germany. (Image: AP)

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 A Volkswagen Beetle is unloaded at Emden harbor, Germany, as the first shipment of 1600 Beetles made in Mexico arrives. (Image: AP)

A Volkswagen Beetle is unloaded at Emden harbor, Germany, as the first shipment of 1600 Beetles made in Mexico arrives. (Image: AP)

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 VW beetles are assembled in lines at the Volkswagen auto works plant, which manufactures nearly 900 automobiles each day, in Wolfsburg, West Germany. (Image: AP)

VW beetles are assembled in lines at the Volkswagen auto works plant, which manufactures nearly 900 automobiles each day, in Wolfsburg, West Germany. (Image: AP)

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 Volkswagen workers drive their Beetle cars from the parking lot on their way home at the end of a days work at the world's largest single auto plant, the Volkswagen factory in Wolfsburg, Germany. (Image: AP)

Volkswagen workers drive their Beetle cars from the parking lot on their way home at the end of a days work at the world's largest single auto plant, the Volkswagen factory in Wolfsburg, Germany. (Image: AP)

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 To celebrate the 500,000 produced Volkswagen Beetle after WW II the company has organized a beetle roulette, with 10 red and green beetles in the Volkswagen stadium in Wolfsburg, West Germany. (Image: AP)

To celebrate the 500,000 produced Volkswagen Beetle after WW II the company has organized a beetle roulette, with 10 red and green beetles in the Volkswagen stadium in Wolfsburg, West Germany. (Image: AP)

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 Four female employees tend to a Volkswagen at a gas station in Deidesheim, near Kaiserslautern, Germany. (Image: AP)

Four female employees tend to a Volkswagen at a gas station in Deidesheim, near Kaiserslautern, Germany. (Image: AP)

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 Guards stand in front of a shop on a street in the Latin Quarter of Paris, following a student riot and general strike that rocked the city. (Image: AP)

Guards stand in front of a shop on a street in the Latin Quarter of Paris, following a student riot and general strike that rocked the city. (Image: AP)

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 A VW Maggiolino Cabriolet, the famous VW Beetle completely made of wood, is shown by Italian artist Livio De Marchi in Essen, Germany. (Image: AP)

A VW Maggiolino Cabriolet, the famous VW Beetle completely made of wood, is shown by Italian artist Livio De Marchi in Essen, Germany. (Image: AP)

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 Volkswagen employees work in the assembly plant of the Volkswagen sedan 'last edition,' at the VW plant in Puebla, 65 miles (105 kms) southeast of Mexico City where it will stop producing the cult classic bug. (Image: AP)

Volkswagen employees work in the assembly plant of the Volkswagen sedan 'last edition,' at the VW plant in Puebla, 65 miles (105 kms) southeast of Mexico City where it will stop producing the cult classic bug. (Image: AP)

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 A model poses next to a 1968 Volkswagen Beetle covered in tiles made of a blend of 18 karat gold and glass at the annual Luxury Show in Bucharest, Romania. The car is functional and on sale for 60,000 euros, $88,000. However, it is not street legal in Romania because of the nature of its paint. (Image: AP)

A model poses next to a 1968 Volkswagen Beetle covered in tiles made of a blend of 18 karat gold and glass at the annual Luxury Show in Bucharest, Romania. The car is functional and on sale for 60,000 euros, $88,000. However, it is not street legal in Romania because of the nature of its paint. (Image: AP)

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 Volkswagen Beetles are displayed during the annual gathering of the

Volkswagen Beetles are displayed during the annual gathering of the "Beetle club" in Yakum, central Israel. (Image: AP)

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 A collection of VW beetles car toys seen on Volkswagen Beetle displayed during the annual gathering of the

A collection of VW beetles car toys seen on Volkswagen Beetle displayed during the annual gathering of the "Beetle Club" in Yakum, central Israel. (Image: AP)

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 An old Volkswagen Beetle surrounded by flowers in Athens' central Syntagma Square. (Image: AP)

An old Volkswagen Beetle surrounded by flowers in Athens' central Syntagma Square. (Image: AP)

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 A Volkswagen Beetle, known as Fusca in Brazil, painted in Brazilian colors on the eve of the Brazilian team's next match of the World Cup, drives down Copacabana Beach in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. (Image: AP)

A Volkswagen Beetle, known as Fusca in Brazil, painted in Brazilian colors on the eve of the Brazilian team's next match of the World Cup, drives down Copacabana Beach in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. (Image: AP)

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 Volkswagen Beetles are displayed during the annual gathering of the

Volkswagen Beetles are displayed during the annual gathering of the "Beetle club" in Yakum, central Israel. (Image: AP)

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 A Volkswagen New Beetle car is lifted inside a delivery tower after the company's annual press conference in Wolfsburg, Germany. (Image: AP)

A Volkswagen New Beetle car is lifted inside a delivery tower after the company's annual press conference in Wolfsburg, Germany. (Image: AP)

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 Two kids sit on Volkswagen Beetle roof as it displayed during the annual gathering of the

Two kids sit on Volkswagen Beetle roof as it displayed during the annual gathering of the "Beetle Club" in Yakum, central Israel. (Image: AP)

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