Mother’s Day is quickly approaching, and if you still haven’t gotten Mom that gift to show her you appreciate all those years she lost out to raising the fine individual you have become, you might want to look into some quick gift ideas. So head to the flower shop, pick up a nice heartfelt card from the convenience store down on the corner, or head over to a used-car lot and pick her up something nice. If you really wanted to show Mom how much you appreciated your childhood, maybe you should get her a car that takes her back to a time before she had kids. Get her something sporty, something fun, something that will remind her of her more carefree days.
The Volkswagen Beetle has a long history in the United States, and an even longer past in the rest of the world.
It’s a history that begins in the 1930s and includes Adolf Hitler, Ferdinand Porsche, and an entire country of people who flocked to purchase the new and inexpensive car built for the German autobahn.
Originally called the Volkswagen Type 1, the Beetle was manufactured from 1938 until 2003 and thrived in the U.S. in the 1950s and 1960s. More than 21 million cars were made before worldwide production ended in 2003.
A modern version of the VW Beetle still zips around U.S. roads, but its days may be numbered.
On its website, Forbes listed the cars it believes are the most beautiful of 2012. It got some right, but in my opinion, missed some real lookers and included some serious head-scratchers.
For some reason, the Jaguar F-Type, which hasn’t had its official reveal and won’t even be available until sometime in 2013, made the list. Odd, right? Also, the awkward Ferrari 458 Spider got the nod, which isn’t nearly as good looking as the coupe version or its arch-nemesis, the McLaren MP4-12C Spider (which also made the list). Most suspicious to my eye was the inclusion of the Bentley Mulsanne, which looks like a droopy old man.
There are no mass-produced cars on the list, either, which I find remarkable. So, here are some of the cars I’d place on a list of the most beautiful of 2012: