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12/27/15
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Production launch for an icon: The first VW Beetle rolled off the line at the Wolfsburg plant 70 years ago

Production launch for an icon: The first VW Beetle rolled off the line at the Wolfsburg plant 70 years ago
  • The start of mass production of the Volkswagen Saloon shortly after Christmas 1945 marked a new era of civilian vehicle manufacturing

It was shortly after the first post-war Christmas 1945 that the first of the Volkswagen Type 1 – the model which, as the Beetle, would subsequently be sold more than 21 million times – rolled off the production line. By the end of 1945 only 55 vehicles had been produced in total however. The start of mass production was a highly improvised undertaking, and material shortages hampered operations over the subsequent months. Yet the early vehicles were visible symbols of hope; a new beginning for the car plant under British control.

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