The Beetle, not the bug nor the band, but the Volkswagon was founded on This Day in History: May 28, 1937 going on to become a worldwide cultural icon. It remained in production until the last so-called "classic" VW Beetle rolled off the assembly line on this day in history, July 30, 2003. The final original VW Beetle (No. 21,529,464) was produced at Puebla, Mexico, 65 years after its original launch, ending an unprecedented 58-year production run (this is not to be confused with the redesigned new Beetle that Volkswagen introduced in 1998).
W30 Prototype 1937
Photo: Hasse Aldhammer
The VW Beetle was featured prominently in the hit 1969 movie "The Love Bug" (which starred a Beetle named Herbie) and immortalized on the cover of the Beatles album "Abbey Road."