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PostPosted: Tue Oct 22, 2019 4:56 pm    Post subject: Save The Bug Decal Sticker Origin and Purpose Reply with quote

So .... I have a pair of 61-64 convertible Beetle doors hoarded away for safe keeping in the event I ever need them for my own 61... once it's done.. and in the event of an issue of an outside idiot driver (crash)...

oh ..the topic... Laughing

Curious of the origin of this decal as one door wing glass is branded...the horror Laughing

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PostPosted: Wed Nov 06, 2019 6:23 pm    Post subject: Re: Save The Bug Decal Sticker Origin and Purpose Reply with quote

Could be in reference to when, in the late 60s/early 70s, Ralph Nader tried killing off the beetle by claiming that it was unsafe, wanted all cars to be able to hit a brick wall at 45 (?) mph and walk away from it. This would eventually cause the death of the German Beetle, the last standard beetle coming out of Germany in '77. They kept making the Supers up until 79 I believe at the Karmann factory in Germany.
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PostPosted: Fri Nov 08, 2019 12:09 pm    Post subject: Re: Save The Bug Decal Sticker Origin and Purpose Reply with quote

Nader's 'Unsafe at any Speed' was primarily focused on the Corvair and the auto industry in general. While the Corvair and Volkswagen share many attributes including rear engine and swing axle design, it was the higher HP Corvair engine that made it more likely to roll over in certain emergency handling situations. However, Nader did criticize the beetle in his book and elsewhere.

What ended up killing the beetle were the increasingly stringent pollution regulations that were being adopted around the world, as well as a 40 plus-year-old design that was becoming increasing non-competitive with other small cars being put out by European and Japanese manufacturers.

Cool sticker though ... don't have any info on its origins.
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