The Newtown Pentacle

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– photo by Mitch Waxman

When your humble narrator was just a lad, this model of automobile was as ubiquitous as the penny. Changing vehicles fashions, age, and the vagaries of the free market- of course- have seen them reduced in number. Recently, while exiting from the East River Ferry in Greenpoint, one observed this late model Volkswagen in all its atavist glory.

from wikipedia

The Volkswagen Beetle, officially called the Volkswagen Type 1 (or informally the Volkswagen Bug), is an economy car produced by the German auto maker Volkswagen (VW) from 1938 until 2003. With over 21 million manufactured in an air-cooled, rear-engined, rear-wheel drive configuration, the Beetle is the longest-running and most-manufactured car of a single design platform, worldwide.

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Written by Mitch Waxman

October 13, 2012 at 12:15 am

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  1. Cocinnelle…
    Ask my parents what it meant to them 50 years ago….

    Catherine Decuyper

    October 13, 2012 at 2:45 am

  2. Drive one for 9 years until, as it was want to do, the battery under the rear seat fell through the rusted floor hole and was scraping the roadway. I paid $2200 for it new since it was the semi-automatic version from the basic version which was $1800. I still have the receipt. Bought at the VW dealership which is now the Sports Authority on Northern Blvd. in Woodside. Ah, those were the days.


    October 13, 2012 at 6:09 pm

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