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Variations on a Beetle theme 04/02/2015 > 01/03/2015

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    During the month of February, with Valentine’s Day and the Love Bugs Parade on the horizon Autoworld, true to tradition will be devoting an exhibition to the Beetle or one of its derivatives, as was the case last year with the Fun Cup.

    This year visitors will come across some interesting variations of the traditional Love Bug: several vehicles retaining the chassis or engine of a Beetle, but with adapted bodywork. 

    The exhibition will be on show throughout the entire month of February, and it goes without saying!, on Sunday 15th February on the occasion of the Love Bugs Parade that will bring together more than 200 Beetles in front of the Museum, on the Esplanade du Cinquantenaire. 

    These cars have been kindly loaned to us by D’Ieteren Gallery, State of Art and Raoul Verbeemen, a private collector in the case of the pick-up.

    Variations on a Beetle theme During the month of February, with Valentine’s Day and the Love Bugs Parade on the horizon Autoworld, true to tradition will be devoting an exhibition to the Beetle or one of its derivatives, as was the case last year with the Fun Cup.

    This year visitors will come across some interesting variations of the traditional Love Bug: several vehicles retaining the chassis or engine of a Beetle, but with adapted bodywork.

    The exhibition will be on show throughout the entire month of February, and it goes without saying!, on Sunday 15th February on the occasion of the Love Bugs Parade that will bring together more than 200 Beetles in front of the Museum, on the Esplanade du Cinquantenaire.

    These cars have been kindly loaned to us by D’Ieteren Gallery, State of Art and Raoul Verbeemen, a private collector in the case of the pick-up.

    Love Bug 53 will obviously be in the spotlight. It will proudly sit in state on theState of Art red bus.

    A VW Combi T1 will also be on show, a faithful partner of the Beetle with which it is often associated.But over and above all visitors will discover other vehicles built on the Beetle’s chassis, but whose shapes have nothing in common with their reference model.

    A VW Karmann Ghia convertible: this sport’s car was built between 1955 and 1974. Designed by Luigi Segre of the Carrozzeria Ghia and assembled by the Karmann car constructor, the car is fitted with the chassis and engine of the VW Beetle.

    A VW buggy Ritter: invented by the American Bruce Meyers (end of the ‘60s – beginning of the ‘70s) and developed based on a Beetle provoked a real buggy phenomenon in the United States. It was Edmond Péry (the boss of Apal, a small company based in Blegny-Trembleur manufacturing items in polyester) who imported the buggy concept in Belgium. He proposed going into partnership with Claude Thiry, of Garage de la Cloche, based in Jemeppe, to create one of these vehicles. Apal took on the construction of the bodywork and Claude Thiry, who based upon instructions from Volkswagen had obtained the homologation regarding the reworking of the Beetle chassis, carried out all the mechanical work. Hence the birth, on the one hand, of the Apal buggies and on the other Ritter (of the same name as the Beetles “breathed on” by Thiry). The success of the Belgian buggies was sizeable. In fact the Ritter buggy, on its own, was exported to more than 80 countries!

    A VW 181: a utility derivative produced by Volkswagen between 1968 and 1983 and designed upon request of the army who were on the look out for a light, sturdy, reliable and economical vehicle.  Its design was based on the Kübelwagen, the German jeep of the Second World War.

    Extremely rare, the Beetle pick-up (1963) converted by Beutler in Switzerland, of which out of the ten models converted by the Beutler brothers only four models still exist in the world today.


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    Tel. : +32 2 736.41.65
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