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Volkswagen Beetle magazine ad from around 1970
circa 1970

Q: Where do Volkswagens go when they get old?

A: The Old Volks home.

I’m so sorry.

Not-really-fun fact: The Volkswagen Beetle was originally named the Volkswagen Type 1 and marketed as the Volkswagen.

More VW Beetle trivia here via Mental Floss.

The ad copy:

In 1949, we sold 2 Volkswagens in the U.S.A.

In 1969, we did a little better.

All told, there are 3 1/2 million good old VWs zipping around the good old U.S.A.

It is far and away the biggest automotive success story of all time.

It is also the simplest:

The Volkswagen keeps getting better.

And keeps selling better.

But simple doesn’t mean easy.

For 20 years, we’ve improved our improvements and refined our refinements.

And made VW service as good as the car itself.

Today, we ask $1839* for a car that asks almost nothing of you: A dribble of gas and oil, no water or anti-freeze.

In return, Volkswagens cheerfully conquer mountains, skim deserts, float through floods, trudge through winters.

People pamper them, abuse them, depend on them and just plain love them.

For 20 years, we have raised the eyebrows and troubled the sleep of every other car maker in the world.

The years have been kind to us and you have been kind to us.

And we thank you.


Volkswagen of America, Inc. *Suggested retail price, east coast P.O.E. ($1924 West Coast P.O.E.) Local taxes and other dealer delivery charges, if any, additional.

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