These are the heirs of Volkswagen Beetle who never got into production

The iconic Volkswagen Beetle dates back to the 1930s and was a symbol of mobility in the 1960s. It became a major transport car in Europe and elsewhere and by 1952 was sold in 46 countries. It was eventually built in 14 countries around the world.

More than 21.5 million units of the iconic vehicle were sold before the final assembly of the latest generation Beetle came out in 2019. However, in this long life that Beetle lived, Volkswagen tried to replace it with more than 70 potential designs. Beetle shoots. However, none of these ever reached the production line.


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The German automaker found that replacing the original beetles offered a mix of values ​​that was not easy. At least until the Golf hatchback was launched in 1974 and became Beetle’s true heir.

Below are some vehicles that may have been heirs to the Volkswagen Beetle but did not see the light of day:

1955/56 EA47-12

Volkswagen 1955/56 EA47-12 prototype
Volkswagen 1955/56 EA47-12 prototype

Of the 15 prototypes produced by Volkswagen between 1953 and 1956, EA-47-12 was the first hope for the automaker to replace the beetle. He pulled power from an air-cooled four-cylinder boxer with 1192cc and produced 30 horsepower. It also had a front axle of the transverse link, a rear suspension of the torsion bar and a fully synchronized gearbox.

1960 EA97

Volkswagen EA97 prototype
Volkswagen EA97 prototype

The EA97 is a two-door rear-engined vehicle, a pontoon-shaped body and the power of a 1.1-liter engine. This project was reportedly canceled when staff were preparing for its assembly and had already manually assembled 200 pilot cars.

1961 type 3 convertible

1961 Volkswagen 3-type convertible prototype
1961 Volkswagen 3-type convertible prototype

This was a kind of replacement for the Beetle and was built for people who wanted convertibles. Its convertible plug had a glass rear window. However, it was no longer sought to avoid internal competition with the convertible Karmann Ghia.

1969 EA276

1969 Volkswagen EA276 prototype
1969 Volkswagen EA276 prototype

This vehicle was the inspiration for the original Volkswagen Golf. It had front-wheel drive and looked worse than the other beetle replacement. The four-cylinder engine was initially supplied with an air-cooled engine like the Beetle, but was later supplied with a four-cylinder water-cooled inline engine.

Another replacement prototype made by Volkswagen was the 1963 EA128. 1966 EA142, 1969 EA266.


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