VW Beetle – Everything You Need to Know | Up to Speed

VW Beetle – Everything You Need to Know | Up to Speed

Ladies and gentlemen…The Beatles! It began its life as a Dictator***s dream but became a symbol of peace and love
around the world. It***s a pop culture Icon that shared the
screen with such legends as Kevin Bacon, Optimus Prime and Lindsay friggin’ Lohan. And at one point, it was the best selling car
of all time. This is everything you need to know to get
Up to Speed on the Volkswagen Beetle. It***s 1934 and Germany***s not doing so great. That summer a failed artist named Adolf Hitler Seized power after Germany’s president Hindenburg died in his home at the age of 87. Hitler mandated that Germany have a state car. Something the average family could afford. To bring the Volkswagen concept to life, the
German government brought in a race car engineer named Ferdinand Porsche. Porsche***s job was to make a vehicle that
was small, yet big enough to fit a whole family, simple enough to use and maintain anywhere,
and dependable enough that people could drive it practically forever. The final body design reflected a trend at
the time for sleek, round vehicles. That look didn***t leave much room for a trunk which didn***t matter because Porsche did that Porsche does. He designed an air-cooled boxer engine and shoved it in the butt. But it turned out Old Ferdinand and Kormenda
might have taken a little inspiration from somewhere else: Czechoslovakia. More specifically from the small Czech Automaker,
Tatra. They saw the Volkswagen and noticed it looked a little…familiar. so they sued ***em! And what do you do when your a megalomaniacal
dictator who gets sued over cars? That***s right*** you invade the country and
take over the factory! As the totally original design came together,
it was time to start building it. Technically, this was a government project,
under a division called: Strength Through Joy. Or in German, Kraftdurch Freude! Kraftdurch Freude! They built a brand new factory near Fallersleben. And would ya guess what they called the town
they built around the new factory? The City of the Strength Through Joy at Fallersleben. Nazis are so creative In 1938, the factory began rolling the
first production cars off the line. The first units were all given to high-ranking
military personnel, and the first convertible was given to Hitler himself. Thing is, though, this was 1938, and Hitler
needed every vehicle factory in Germany to start exclusively producing military vehicles. So with only 210 of the original KdF-Wagens
built, the factory shut down production to focus on the military effort, an effort that
would go poorly for the factory, Germany, Europe, and the entire world. Cut to 1945! When the Second World War ended, Germany was
a pile of rubble. The Fallersleben factory had been bombed. The occupying British forces in charge of
the area found the original production line parts for the KdF-Wagen. British car makers were invited to bid on
the production line parts, so they could mass-produce the vehicle back in the UK. But nobody wanted it! “Ok mates, ok chaps” “I have production parts of a shitty little Nazi car” “Going for one million pounds” “One million pounds, can I get one million pounds?” “I don’t know about you mate,
I think that car is ugly and slow” “I agree entirely mate” “Would you like to go get some tea and custards?” “Ooh I love tea and custards” “Let’s go to the Buckingham’s” “Buckingham’s is my favorite tea and custard shop” “So should we take your carriage?” “Right right” “Right right” In 1946, the factory was rebuilt, after the
city was renamed “Wolfsburg”. Since the British didn***t want to take it,
the production line was reassembled and cars started rolling. No more Strength Through Joy: the car was
now simply the Volkswagen Type 1. Once again, the first models were all given
to military personnel, this time for the occupying forces. In 1949, the British handed off control of
the factory to an ex-Opel executive named Heinz Nordhoff. With the factory rebuilt, and Germany as a
whole slowly coming back, the new company, called Volkswagen, was ready to live harmoniously with the rest of the world. The Volkswagen Type 1 started selling around
Western Europe, including its native Germany, where it first garnered the nickname ***the
Beetle.*** But Europe in the late ***40s was still recovering
from those f*** heads Nazis. If you wanted to sell to a market with a big population,
lots of money, and roads that weren***t all blown up, you had to go to America. But at first, no dealership in the US wanted
to touch the little car. The Beetle only had 24hp, it looked weird and
when you pressed the horn, you would hear Hitler screaming ***Nein Nein Nein!*** Volkswagen***s first few efforts to sell in
America went nowhere. VW managed to get a few dealerships to take
on their cars in 1950. And against all expectations, the little Bug
started to sell. The car WAS cheap, much more affordable than
most other cars on the market. Second, it was a rugged and reliable machine,
even on unpaved roads. Third, if it did break, repair was relatively
simple and inexpensive. The people***s car became the people***s choice. By 1955, eight years after going to market,
Volkswagen had sold one million Beetles. Meanwhile, its simple construction made it
easy to custom re-engineer at home. In particular, outdoorsy types stripped the
Bug way down to make a tough, light vehicle for crossing sandy areas like deserts or beaches. What did they call a Bug that drives on dunes? A dune buggy. Dune buggies became a pop sensation in their
own right, especially in California surfer culture dude. They would cut off the whole body of the car, put a new fiberglass body on it, and rip up the beaches, pulling tail “Hey guys, wanna hit up old man’s, I heard it’s got pretty good swells right now” “Who was that?” “That’s Jason, he’s like one of the best surfers on the whole beach” “He’s really cute” “I know, real dreamboat” “Yeah” “But you know what I heard?” “What?” “He has herpes…” Suddenly, Beetles were cool. In 1972 Volkswagen produced its 15,007,034th Beetle. They threw a big ol’ party for it at the factory. Why did anybody care about this random number? Because that was exactly how many Ford Model
Ts were ever produced. And that made the Beetle, the best-selling car of all time! Honestly, I bet it wasn’t much of a party “Congratulations on the big number!” “Thank you. Back to work?” “Back to work” Even though sales were good. its days were numbered. Volkswagen saw the need for a modernized replacement, and released the Golf in 1974. The Golf was a small, cheap, and reliable
people***s car, but made nearly double the horsepower and you know, wasn’t designed by the most notorious mass murderer in the history of the planet. Buyers around the world shifted from the Beetle
to the Golf pretty quickly. And by ***around the world,*** I mean ***Everywhere
except Mexico and Brazil,*** where apparently the people loved the Beetle so much that they refused to stop buying it. The Beetle was produced in Mexico until 2003! In the end, the Volkswagen Type 1 sold 21
million units worldwide. And its core tenets of simplicity, dependability,
and affordability inspired a whole new category of cars from makers around the world. In 1998, Volkswagen decided to bring the icon
back to life, in the first major refresh and update in the Beetle***s history. The New Beetle, as it was called, was a more
modern machine with 115hp and a nicer interior. Underneath, it was basically a Golf. The New Beetle captured interest the world
over, and pretty soon, a shiny Beetle was a common sight once again. In 2001, Volkswagen decided to really push
the car and made the limited edition RSi, which got 221hp. This lead to a full production run of the
Turbo S, which featured *** you guessed it *** a turbocharged engine capable of 180hp. 1 point 80! Never lose! And Volkswagen still produces the New Beetle today. The Volkswagen Beetle is the little car that
could, the pipe dream of a tyrant that went on to charm the whole world
and became a symbol of love. Whether riding around on roads or sand dunes,
it could be found in nearly every country on earth. It was a sales sensation; it***s still a pop
culture icon. No matter how far it***s gone, it has never
forgotten its roots. Well, I mean, most of them. Shout out to Skillshare for sponsoring this video! Are you struggling to make a new year’s resolution? Maybe you’re sitting there on your butt thinking, “well gall dang, I wish I could effortlessly present everything about cars off the top of my like this guy does! I wish I had some kind of marketable skill like that smart, handsome, sexy James Pumphrey…” Well, you’re in luck! Because Skillshare is a thing They’re here to help you learn to be a better you for 2018 and beyond! Skillshare is an online learning community with over 18,000 professional and easy to understand classes in film, writing, design, and much more! Premium Membership gives you unlimited access to high quality classes from experts working in their fields, so you can improve your skills, unlock new opportunities, and do the work you love. For example this class by Soledad O’Brien- she’ll teach you powerful strategies for crafting great content! Just like yours boy, Jimmy to the Pump… James Pumphrey Skillshare is also more affordable than most learning platforms out there: an annual subscription is less than $10 a month. All you have to do is click the link below to get the first 3 months of Skillshare for just 99¢ or you could type it in but however you get there… go sign up at this link. This offer is only good through the end of january! You know how many new year’s resolutions you could tackle in 3 months?! You could start your own frickin’ channel with all your new skills. So don’t wait dummy!, do it. Do it! Get skilled, with Skillshare! I freakin’ dare you dude. This is everything you need to know on the Volkswagen Beetle Bug, love bug Oh there goes a beetle! Why is that a thing? Why does the beetle come on the flower on the dashboard? Do they still? it’s stupid. I’d put weed in it. We made a cool video with a cool Beetle, It’s called “Quantum Drift” You should watch it on Youtubes How many people have you ever fit in a Volkswagen Beetle? How many Volkswagen Beetle have you ever fit in a person? Send me a dollar for my Lambo, I still want one. Oh, follow me on Instagram: @JamesPumphrey If I get 10,000 followers, I will pick one at random, and send them something weird It probably won’t be car related, and it might be perishable, and it might have been grown on my body Got a lot of new shows coming out: Mondays, we got “Wheelhouse”, Tuesdays, we’ve got “Matt Field’s FD corvette build”, Wednesdays, we have “Science Garage” with Bart, Thursdays, we’ve got this f***in’ show, and Fridays, we have “Tony’s Top 10”. Watch all of them, it’s all funny, it’s all educational, it’s all Donut.Those guys are all my friends If those shows are successful, then I’m successful. Hitler is probably the only guy that I hate more than my dad. Hmm…I don’t hate my dad I just miss him. I don’t miss Hitler at all. You…Nazi…F***! Peace, frickin’ love, and metal.

About the Author: Michael Flood


  1. I have a Turbo S and I love it. I've modded it quite a bit, but even stock it was a fun little machine. Now it's a 300 hp monster that no one expects

  2. Yoi just forgot to talk about the KdF-Wagen-Sparkarte, that was program that a worker could buy stamps for each month until they fill their stamps book and them trade it for a brand new KdF-Wagen. Sadly no civilian ever recived a car due the dawn of WWII.

  3. I'd rather drown myself in fanta soda then you drive around a nazi turtle shell with as much power as a moped it's funny that such a power-driven piece of s***drove the most powerless vehicle

  4. it's amazing I watch this video and think about the nationalist socialist party or the Nazis and I see a very clear line between our current socialist parties in the United States.

  5. Boy it would have been nice if he gave the Chevy Astro van this much love and mention everything about it like he did with the Volkswagen Beetle seems like you didn't do all this research on the Chevy Astro van left out the tiger camper version the armored car version and he didn't even show you no pictures of the limited edition all wheel drive high top conversion vans that sold for $63,000 and that were catillac level

  6. Its not easy to make me laugh but I have laughed from every episode ive watched, thank you, you are curing cancer! You should seriously be recognized for what you do, after every video viewers leave a little more knowledgeable and overall healthier from a real laugh. How bout a pontiac Bonneville episode , honda elite scooters, chinook campers, the raider or the brat, you probably already have, thanks again!

  7. This video Better mention the Original creator, Josef Ganz.
    He was a Jewish car maker in Germany who designed a car in 1931 nicknamed the "May Beetle" and built the Standard Superior in 1933 but for obvious reasons had to leave the country. Hitler assigned Ferdinand Porche to design a Very similar car in 1934, just a month after Ganz left Germany.. With Ganz being Jewish you can probably figure out why he was never given credit for the designs of Hitler's "people's car".

  8. WW2 was great for the US. Those idiots in Europe decided to turn each other's countries to rubble, and so we became top dog and made them our bitches through the marshall plan. Well… except for the Soviet Union who bore the biggest brunt of the fighting in Europe. There was this Stalin guy and we was like nah… me and my army of slave…. I mean comrades are going to make you our bitch, and took the eastern half of Europe except for Yugoslavia who became communist, and told Stalin to take his big snozz and fuck right off. It's a long story, but it ends with a dolphin winning the medal of honor.

  9. The name of the City is even more ridiculous, because it is actually: Stadt des KdF-Wagens bei Fallersleben. Or in English: City of the Strengh through Joy Car at Fallersleben.

  10. You miss that this car is also an urban legend. We, Malaysian, makes an urban legend about yellow Volkswagen in karak highway (famous for massive accident)

  11. So… does the wv bettle prove that Hitler was a genius? 21 million little nazi cars were sold around the world. Just saying.

  12. Can I just say, as a proud classic Saab owner (‘92 turb vert), I love the fact that your doing a story on VW bugs sitting next to that fine Swedish vehicle.

    Born from jets baby! And yes, your Saab vid was the first I ever saw.

  13. Either I am deaf, my headphones are cracked
    he keeps saying 'VOLTSwagen' for some strange reason.
    Can somebody help me locate the source of my concern?

  14. Can you please do a video on three speed manuals? I find it funny Volkswagen went from a nazi war machine to twenty years later it became the image of hippies.

  15. Wtf are you guys talking about Germany was doing great in 1934 lol the world economy was shit and they were doing great after hitler took power. And Europe was recovering from allied bombings lol.

  16. Planning on getting a drivers license soon. But when I do, I want a Old Beetle (I dont like the new one)
    I've always loved the old beetle

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