Curbside Outtake: 1972 1971 VW Beetle – One of These Things is Not Like the Other

Here’s another Outtake from our recent stop in Hannibal, MO, and one which juxtaposes two forms of transportation that were/are very popular in their day; the VW Beetle and the small SUV (note the license plate on the Escape).

The Beetle was still hitting its stride in the early 1970s, with ~1.2 million units produced each year from 1969-73. Sales would begin to slide within a few years, however, as pop-culture interest waned and folks wanting a little more refinement in a compact began to have more options from which to choose.

Volkswagen tried their best to update the venerable Beetle to keep up, but its days were numbered, just as traditional sedans and station wagons have today been sidelined by SUVs and crossovers – at least until something else becomes popular with the car-buying public. Anyone care to predict what that will be?