It’s Official: This is the Last Volkswagen Beetle to Roll Off The Face of the Earth
So long, Bettle. Parting is such sweet sorrow.
Aye, the last of the 65 models of the Volkswagen Beetle has rolled off its production yesterday in central Mexico. Each of the 65 vehicles will have a commemorative plaque on its left side, and will be numbered from 1-65. They will come in three colors: metallic blue, it will be available in black, white and beige.
The Beetle’s dour finality contrasted the festive mood of Volkswagen’s employees in the production plants: they wore bright yellow shirts with the words “Thanks Beetle” emblazoned on them. And as the last model rolled off, one couldn’t help but feel sentimental over the iconic bug.
Officially named the Volkswagen Type 1, and unofficially coined Käfer (German for ‘Beetle’) or the ‘Bug,’ the Volkswagen Beetle is a two-door, five passenger economy car that was produced and sold by the Volkswagen company from 1938 until 2003.
It became popular during the Nazi regime. Adolf Hitler wanted a ‘people’s car’ (or ‘Volkswagen’ in German), that can serve as their economical car on their new road network. He hired Ferdinand Porsche to help finalize its design in 1938.
Over the years, it became the “longest-running and most-manufactured car of a single platform ever made.” Its distinctive round design took off in the ’40s, and became a pop culture icon during the ’60s and ’70s era.
The final Beetle will be displayed at Volkswagen’s museum in the city of Puebla, Mexico where it was made. The last cars built for the United States market, a pair of Kings Red vehicles with custom dashes, keys, and quilted seats, will join Volkswagen of America’s collection of historic vehicles.
Now that the very last third-generation model drives off in Mexico yesterday, we can only think of Shakespeare’s words when he said:
“Farewell! Thou art too dear for my possessing…”
That is, after over 23 million of them have been sold worldwide.