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YAK Car(s) Pic of the Day

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I call this one “Before and After.” They are a 1973 VW Beetle convertible and a 2006 VW New Beetle Cabrio, seen a few days ago in a Town of Niagara parking lot. This shot really shows how the old styling evolved into the new. It also shows how much wider the new cars are. Which is better?

— Jim Corbran, You Auto Know


  • MaxPlanck

    I’d vote for the new version of the Bug, although I think they’re overpriced. I pushed around ian early Bug during my college days and while it was a fun car and cheap to keep on the road, it didn’t offer much in the way of creature comforts and most importantly, safety. There was always something haunting about riding around with the gas tank on your lap.

  • I’ll go with the old. The whole point of the Beetle was cost and affordability. The originals were head and shoulders above the new in that department. I remember the commercials…a new Beetle advertised for $1995.
    The old Beetle, with the rear engine right over the rear (drive) wheels seemed to be able to go just about anywhere a jeep could. I have a few stories about the crazy off road adventures I had.
    Creature comforts? We’re much too soft now. We don’t need to be made softer. Besides there was something charming about having that propane disk heater in the back seat ready to burn anyone close…but it was the only way to keep from freezing in the winter.