Milestones

Timeline of VW Beetle production milestone vehicles.

1940
1941
1946
1948
1949
1950
1951
1953
1954
1955
1958
1960
1961
1962
1964
1965
1966
1967
1968
1970
1971
1972
1973
1974
1975
1976
1978
1980
1981
1986
1988
1992
1993
1996
2003

1940

20 DECEMBER 1940 – WOLFSBURG. Kubelwagen1,000.

1941

11 JULY 1941 – WOLFSBURG. First off production line – Kdf-1.

SEPTEMBER 1941 – WOLFSBURG –  Kubelwagen5,000.

 

 

1946

For the first time, production figures reach the level of 1,000 vehicles a month ordered by the British. The milestone is marked by a small ceremony. Apart from slight fluctuations, the monthly production figures remain at this level until the beginning of 1948 because the necessary volumes of raw materials and components cannot be obtained. Total production for the whole of 1946 was 10,020 cars.

30 MARCH 1946 – WOLFSBURG. Volkswagen1,000 cars for March.

14 OCTOBER 1946 – WOLFSBURG. Volkswagen10,000.

1948

MAY 1948 – WOLFSBURG. Volkswagen25,000.

1948 – WOLFSBURG. Beetle19,220 per year.

1949

14 MAY 1949 – WOLFSBURG. Volkswagen50,000.

1950

4 MARCH 1950 – WOLFSBURG. Volkswagen100,000.

1950 – OSNABRÜCK. Typ 15 Convertible1,000.

1951

6 OCTOBER 1951 – WOLFSBURG. Volkswagen250,000.

1953

3 JULY 1953 – WOLFSBURG. Volkswagen500,000.

1954

1954 – BELGIUM – First off production line – D’Ieteren.

1955

5 AUGUST 1955 – WOLFSBURG. Volkswagen1.000,000 (Golden Beetle).

50s – Export record. Dealer South Rhineland50,000

50s – Export record. USA100,000

 

1958

1958 – WOLFSBURG. Export record. Australia5,000

50s – WOLFSBURG. Export record. Finland1,000

50s – Export record. Austria50,000

50s – Export record. France10,000

50s – Export record. Netherlands100,000

1960

60s – Production record. Volkswagen3,000,000

60s – Export record. South Africa100,000

60s – Export record. Paraguay1,000

60s – Export record. USA250,000

 

1961

4 DECEMBER 1961 – Production record. Volkswagen5,000,000

Vehicle officially presented to the Red Cross.

1961 – Production record. Plant. Australia 100,000

 

1962

Placeholder.

SEPTEMBER 1962 – WOLFSBURG. Production record. Beetle 5,000,000

 

1964

6 DECEMBER 1964 – EMDEN. First off production line for USA

 

1965

15 SEPTEMBER 1965 – WOLFSBURG – Volkswagen 10,000,000

1965 – Export record. Kreis Oldenburg5,000.

 

1966

11 JANUARY 1966 – EMDEN – Production record. Plant 100,000

1966 – Export record. Norway100,000.

 

1967

 

MARCH 1967 – BRUSSELS – Production record. Plant 500,000

 1967 – EMDEN – Production record. Plant500,000

DECEMBER 1967 – WOLFSBURG – Production record. Beetle10,000,000

 

1968

1968 – WOLFSBURG – Production record. Volkswagen 15,000,000

 

1970

21 JULY 1970 – Production record. Plant – Volkswagen Brazil 1,000,000

1971

14 million Wolfsburg

Major Ivan Hirst accepts the car on behalf of VW (GB) from the production line.

5 MAY 1971 – WOLFSBURG – Production record. Beetle – 14,000,000.

Vehicle donated to World Wildlife Fund.

AUTUMN 1971 – WOLFSBURG – Production record. Volkswagen20,000,000 (Jubilee).

 

1972

FEBRUARY 1972 – WOLFSBURG – Production record. Beetle15,000,000.

17 FEBRUARY 1972 – WOLFSBURG – Production record. Beetle15,007,034 (Weltmeister).

The Beetle beats the world production record of the Ford Model-T.


1972 – Production record. Plant  Brazil – Fusca1,000,000.

Douglas B Miller Managing Director of VW GB at Wolfsburg November 1972.

NOVEMBER 1972 – WOLFSBURG. Export record. Great Britain300,000.

70s – Export record. Norway200,000.

1972 – Sales record. Aveg Linz50,000.

 

70s – Export record. Ireland – 2000 per year.

1973

1973 – Production record. Plant  Brazil – Fusca1,500,000.

1973 – BRUSSELS – Production record. Plant1,000,000.

18 JULY 1973 – WOLFSBURG – Export record. Ireland – 75,000 

1974

1 JULY 1974 – WOLFSBURG – Last off production line. Beetle11,916,519.

1975

1975 – UITENHAGE – Production record. Plant South Africa – 250,000 (Lux Bug).

1975 – First off production line – Nigeria.

1976

1976 – Last off production line – Australia260,055.

1976 – Jakarta – Production record. Indonesia 10,000.

DECEMBER 1976 – EMDEN – Production record. Beetle19,000,000.

1978

Penultimate Beetle from Emden, Germany. 

Antepenultimate Beetle from Emden, 2,362,800. Glory Beetle interior.

1978 – EMDEN – Last off production line. Beetle16,255,500 (Glory Beetle, Last Edition).

1980

Last German-spec Karmann or highest VIN. Ex-Karmann Collection.

10 JANUARY 1980 – OSNABRÜCK – Last off production line. Karmann Beetle331,847 (Triple White).

1981

15 MAY 1981 – PUEBLA – Production record. Beetle20,000,000 (Silver Bug).

1986

31 OCTOBER 1986 – BRASIL – Last off production line. Fusca3,324,506 (Ultima Serie).

1988

1988 – NIGERIA – Last off production line.153,519 (Golden Beetle).

1992

23 JUNE 1992 – PUEBLA – Production record.Beetle21,000,000 (21 Million).

1993

1993 – BRAZIL – First off production line – Fusca Itamar.

1996

Placeholder

1996 – BRAZIL – Last off production line – Fusca Itamar – 47,764 (Ouro).

2003

30 JULY 2003 – PUEBLA – Last off production line – 21,529,464 (Ultima Edicion).

With thanks to Pete Frost for certain information, images and Volkswagen Media Services.


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