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Small Wonder: The Amazing Story of the Volkswagen Beetle Paperback – January 1, 1965
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I proudly present to you the most detailed and comprehensive source of information about Volkswagen Beetle ever written. This book has a dozen pages with pictures - all the others contains text, lots of text, with backstage details, deals and bets about Beetle. It's a real historical reference, a "must-have" book for every Beetle enthusiast who wants to know, from the scratch, the whole story of Volkswagen and this first - and more glorious and classical - car.
I'm thinking right now: why this book doen't have a version translated to Portuguese, or Spanish? It will sell extremely well in Brazil and Mexico, countries which people has a strong emotional binding with Beetle... maybe I buy the rights to translate it to Portuguese and sell it in Brazil!
If you came here looking for a high-quality literature about our lovely bug, your search ends right now. Press 'buy' and wait for the delivery. You won't regret.
It follow's the company's history (which is to say, the car's history) with just the right amount of coverage to its amazing journey from WWII to the car's EOP (end of production) in Puebla, Mexico. The cronology of this book is excellent. Worthdly of a movie script, this book is extremely enganging. As you read its history, names like Ford, Peugeot, Renault amongst others keep poping up narrating each one's influence on the company's history. (Did you know H. Ford II was offered the factory, for free?)
The only thing that I'd wish from this book was to have the author do either a follow up or a revised update. This book finishes with the beetle's last production car, but the company has certantly not. I wish I could get more info from the company's developement from that point forward, including the launch of the new beetle among other superb new VWs...
A very informative story that will keep you entertained for many hours..
And all the information and sales figures.. is great.. So, If you love the beetle and would like to know its true story of how it came to be sold in the USA.. THIS IS that book,
Mine came from amazon/com
Sales and marketing development & especially how the U.S. market was won not only fascinates the VW buff but everyone who ever had anything to do with the automotive industry.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
We purchased this book for our grandson who has a huge interst in Volkswagens. The book was very academic and not at all appropriate for a young person. Read morePublished on October 16, 2010 by aust
This is the best source of detailed information about the creation and story of the Volkswagen company.Published on February 3, 2010 by Kent in Westover
Great historical account of VW see how the came from humble beginnings and on their way to where they are today #1 in the worldPublished on November 12, 2009 by Chicago Rich
History, sociology, and the "feeling" of the VW Beetle are expressed in this book. Very descriptive and inclusive, not boring like you'd expect it to be :)Published on August 1, 2009 by Misti Moonshine
I loved Volkswagens ever since I was a lad of twelve, and so had a natural interest in this book. It starts off well enough - the story about the car's development in Nazi Germany... Read morePublished on June 13, 2007 by Wesley Clark
"Small Wonder" Review
The book "Small Wonder" was a very descriptive book about how the Volkswagen car as we know it today came about. Read more
In 1969, after I had purchased a new VW, the dealer sent me "Small Wonder" by Walter Nelson. Read morePublished on October 24, 2001 by Alvin H. Mierau