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On This Day – 17 February

Posted on: Mon 17 Feb 2020

In 1972, the 15,007,034th Volkswagen Beetle came off the assembly line, breaking a world car production record held for more than four decades by the Ford Motor Company’s iconic Model T.

When the Volkswagen arrived in the U.S., the initial reception was tepid, due in part to the car’s historic Nazi connection as well as its small size and unusual rounded shape (which later led to it being dubbed the “Beetle”).

Breakfast producer Zak Stuart joins Tom Mann and Zoe Kounadis to elaborate on this and other events in history.

Produced by Zak Stuart

Image sourced: Bruno Kussler Marques (CC BY 2.0)


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