About the Car
The Volkswagen Beetle was manufactured from 1938 to 2003. It was a 2-door, rear-engine economy car. Adolf Hitler wanted a cheap, simple car to be produced for his country’s new roads. The first ones designed were the Volkswagen Type 1, later models were the 1200, 1300, 1500, 1302 and 1303. The 1200 had a 1.2 L engine.
About the Brand
Founded in 1937 by the German Labour Front, Volkswagen is a German vehicle manufacturer, headquartered in Wolfsburg. It had the worldwide sales in 2016 and 2017. Translated to the “people’s car” Volk means “people”. In the early 1930, a car was a luxury that most Germans could not afford. In 1934 Adolf Hitler became involved ordering a basic vehicle that every German could afford. Available through a savings plan, the “People’s Car” would cost about $396 in 1938. Since that first Beetle, Volkswagen has manufactured Golf, Jetta, Passat, Atlas and Tiguan.
About the Manufacturer
Minichamps was founded in 1990 as a die-cast car producer in Aachen, Germany under the name of Paul’s Model Art GmbH. The original company was the Danhausen, a trade company that made 1:43 scale models and sold them over the counter and mail order. From 1971 to 1993 the company published the famous Danhausen World Model Car Book. Danhausen was owned by the grandsons of Emma Danhausen – Hans Peter and Paul Gunter Lang. There was a dispute between the brothers in the late 1980’s. That is when Paul formed the Paul’s Model Art. Diecast models were made more for the adult clientele and holding their value was a big question that needed to be answered. Minichamps’ excellent quality has been noticed by Mercedes-Benz, Audi, Porsche, Volkswagen, Opel, and BMW.