Relatively discreet in comparison is the 1972 Volkswagen 1302 S, with its title of “World Champion”. When Beetle number 15,007,034 rolled off the production on 17 February 1972, it became the world leader in terms of cars built. To mark the occasion, Volkswagen introduced its first special edition. To celebrate the 50th anniversary of this model, Volkswagen Classic brought along the VW Porsche 914, which was available with either a Volkswagen or a Porsche engine. In its day, the first German mid-engine sports car from Volkswagen and Porsche, with Targa roof and a streamlined, no-nonsense look, was particularly well received in the USA.
The Beetle had long since established a love of Volkswagen on the other side of the Atlantic, but it was also popular as a fun car: In the early 1960s, buggies, individually reconstructed vehicles based on the Beetle, conquered the Californian beaches. Pretty soon, the Dune Buggy craze spread to Europe. Belgian specialist Apal also built beach mobiles with fibreglass chassis. Take the viper-green Apal Buggy Type C from 1972, for example. The Volkswagen Classic team must be on high alert to ensure that nobody takes it for a quick spin. The flying beach buggy cannot fail to put a smile on the faces of those who pass it. The good news is that the ID. family will also include an open-top fun mobile. The study of the ID.BUGGY has already established a large fan community – a classic of tomorrow!