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A view of the 1977 Volkswagen Beetle Cabriolet (Credit: Volkswagen)

A view of the 1977 Volkswagen Beetle Cabriolet

Volkswagen Beetle: 75 Years and nearly 25M sales

Volkswagen's Beetle is among the most historically significant vehicles ever made. Known internally as the Type 1, it debuted in 1938 and was produced on the same platform globally for 75 years and 21 million cars.

In 1997 Volkswagen began building the New Beetle, which it sold through 2011. For the 2013 model year Volkswagen returned to the original Beetle moniker and bestowed it upon a somewhat more conventional-looking vehicle.

Click through to see how the Beetle has evolved through the years.

The prototype of the Volkswagen Beetle, which made
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The prototype of the Volkswagen Beetle, which made its debut in 1938.

The Volkswagen Beetle that made its debut in
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The Volkswagen Beetle that made its debut in 1938.

The 1949 Volkswagen Beetle Cabriolet
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The 1949 Volkswagen Beetle Cabriolet

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A 1960 Volkswagen Beetle with a sliding top
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A 1960 Volkswagen Beetle with a sliding top is tested by technicians of the Paris Volkswagen devision to prove to what extent the body of the vehicle is watertight. Half the car was submerged in the Seine River in Paris. (Oct. 4, 1960)

The Volkswagen Beetle as it looked in 1968.
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The Volkswagen Beetle as it looked in 1968.

Another view of the 1968 Volkswagen Beetle.
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Another view of the 1968 Volkswagen Beetle.

A side view of the 1976 Volkswagen Beetle.
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A side view of the 1976 Volkswagen Beetle.

A view of the 1977 Volkswagen Beetle Cabriolet
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A view of the 1977 Volkswagen Beetle Cabriolet

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A celebration at the VW plant in Puebla,
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A celebration at the VW plant in Puebla, Mexico marks production of the 20 millionth Beetle in 1981.

Pope John Paul II passes by a Volkswagen
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Pope John Paul II passes by a Volkswagen Beetle donated by a delegation of workers from the Volkswagen plant of Puebla, Mexico. (May 26, 2004)

Volkswagen launches the 'New' Beetle in 1998
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Volkswagen launches the 'New' Beetle in 1998

A view of the 1998 Volkswagen Beetle
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A view of the 1998 Volkswagen Beetle

Franziska Metheit stands between a Beetle and a
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Franziska Metheit stands between a Beetle and a New Beetle in Wolfsburg, northern Germany. (Nov. 2, 1998)

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The 2013 Volkswagen Beetle TDI
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The 2013 Volkswagen Beetle TDI

The 2013 Volkswagen Beetle convertible
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The 2013 Volkswagen Beetle convertible

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