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    DescriptionThe KdF car, a German acronym for Strength Through Joy, was conceived by Adolf Hitler's Third Reich as a true German 'people's car'. There is precious little in the legacy of 1930s Nazi Germany that is positive, but after the Second World war - and with a little help from the British - the Volks Wagen really did help put the average man on the road in a car, designed by the great Ferdinand Porsche, that was reliable and well-built. First it set benchmarks for customer satisfaction across Europe, and sales soared. Then it arrived in North America and the slope-backed, rear-engined economy car became a cult hit. By the time the very last original Beetle was built in 2003, over 21m had been built, making it by a long chalk the best-selling single car model of all time. Although its concept is dated by modern standards, the Beetle magic is undimmed, which is why Volkswagen introduced an all-new, modern Beetle in 1998. It has carved out a niche as a distinctive and eye-catching car in a world of automotive clones.


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    Title
    The VW Beetle Story
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Giles Chapman
    Physical properties
    Format: Hardback
    Number of pages: 128
    Width: 128 mm
    Height: 190 mm
    Thickness: 14 mm
    Weight: 259 g
    Language
    English
    ISBN
    ISBN 13: 9780752484600
    ISBN 10: 0752484605
    Classifications

    B&T Merchandise Category: GEN
    B&T Book Type: NF
    BISAC Merchandising Theme: ET030
    Ingram Theme: CULT/BRITIS
    B&T Modifier: Region of Publication: 03
    BIC E4L: TRA
    B&T Modifier: Subject Development: 01
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: T12.1
    BISAC V2.8: HIS015000
    BIC subject category V2: WGCB
    Libri: I-AU
    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 14320
    B&T General Subject: 790
    Ingram Subject Code: AU
    Abridged Dewey: 629
    BISAC V2.8: TRA001060, TRA001010
    DC22: 629.2222
    LC classification: TL
    BISAC V2.8: TRA001000, TRA001050
    DC23: 629.2222
    Thema V1.0: AJ, WC, NHD, WGCB
    Illustrations note
    col. Illustrations
    Publisher
    The History Press Ltd
    Imprint name
    The History Press Ltd
    Publication date
    01 April 2013
    Publication City/Country
    Stroud
    Author Information
    Giles Chapman is an award-winning writer and commentator on the industry, history, and culture of cars. He's the former editor of "Classic & Sports Car," the world's bestselling classic car magazine, and is the author of more than 15 books including "Car Emblems," "The Illustrated Encyclopedia of Extraordinary Automobiles," and "Top Gear: My Dad Had One Of Those."