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Volkswagen Beetle

Serial No: GRK 885J
Period: WWII
Reference: N/A
Museum: Cosford
Location: National Cold War Exhibition
On Display: Yes

Production of the “People’s Car” began briefly in 1939 but stopped during the Second World War (1939 – 1945). Major Ivan Hirst of the British Army restarted production in 1945. Exports to the United Kingdom began in 1949; within a decade half the cars produced were sold there. It became the best-selling European car in the USA. Over 21 million have been produced worldwide.

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