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17/01/1949 VW delivers first Beetle cars to USA

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Volkswagen Beetle - 1949 Motor Show pledges

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1949 VW Beetle barn find

The Beetle was delivered to Ben Pon, a Dutch businessman, and the world’s first official Volkswagen importer. Later, Volkswagen shipped thousands more to the U.S. in the early 1950s, as the Beetle was perceived as America's budget car. In the 1960s, its sales grew into the hundreds of thousands.
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