With an incredible production spanning 65 years between 1938 and 2003, the Beetle sold more than 21 million cars – the most populous automobile ever known.

Residing in the archives at the Porsche museum in Stuttgart, Germany is Dr. Ferdinand Porsche’s personal log book. Dated April 27, 1934 is an entry simply marked “Volkswagen Projekt”. This eventually became the Beetle.

The 2017 Volkswagen Beetle Classic convertible in Bottle Green Metallic would instantly be recognized by Prof. Porsche as one of his own.  Although the engine now resides in the front and a heater that actually works, hats off to Volkswagen for keeping its heritage alive with its old-time curves and still making it a great driving car based on the current Jetta platform.

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The Classic is just on tier above the base Trendline in the Beetle lineup and carries a nice price tag of $21,900 for a hardtop with five-speed manual. This beautiful Bottle Green Metallic convertible with a six-speed automatic lists at $27,390.

This Classic comes with a rear spoiler and 17-inch alloys that imitate the old chrome ring and hubcap look. One can’t help but get hooked on the two-tone checked cloth seats with tan leatherette trim. Nostalgia will have you loving the retro touch of color-coded dash panel to match the exterior.  New touches to this Classic include heated seats, cruise control, auto-dimming rear view mirror, rain-sensing wipers, a back-up camera, and a 6.33-inch touchscreen infotainment system with a proximity sensor, satellite radio and both Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. And additional style package for $2,520 adds automatic climate control, LED taillights, HID headlights with LED accents, fog lights, a proximity key with push button start and an eight-speaker audio system tuned by Fender.

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Unlike the original Bug this 2017 car’s power comes from VW’s 1.8-litre turbo-four, one of the sweetest four-pot turbo engines around. This engine delivers 170 horsepower and 184 lb.-ft of torque in a turbine-smooth and quiet rush. These features provide the Beetle the ability to move with little effort from any speed, and the bonus is it runs on regular-grade gasoline.

Unlike any other VW product, the Beetle’s interior feels premium. Fitted with big gauges that are clearly back lit, finish is good and fit, and materials are high quality. VW has made it ergonomically sound as well; controls and touchscreen are easy to navigate.

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The Beetle is surprisingly quiet with its well-insulated ragtop, and there is enough room for an authentic beehive with its headroom.  Dropping the top is what will pull on your nostalgic heartstring, and the lid comes down in a matter of seconds.

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A true Beetle lover is buying this convertible for the love of it not for the practicality. This car has, over the many decades, created more smiles, wave and stare than any other. There probably isn’t a kid in Canada that hasn’t pointed out one and said, “Look, a Beetle!”