The Volkswagen Type 1 – the original Beetle – has long been one of the most popular classic cars. The New Beetle, which was produced between 1997 and 2010, is now also becoming popular among collectors as a modern classic. Just like its predecessor, the New Beetle is a very long-lasting car. One of the oldest New Beetles that has registered to attend in Travemünde is a model that was shipped to Canada in March 1998. In 2019, the last Beetles – in production since 2011 – rolled off the production line in Mexico. These models are also already collector’s items.
Several hundred Beetles, New Beetles and Type 1s, all lit up: taking place on the Brügmanngarten festival grounds in Travemünde on Saturday evening at 10:15 pm, this visual spectacle promises to be something special. As Gabriele Kraft, founder of the Beetle Sunshine Tour, states, “85 percent of all participants have already agreed to be a part of the ‘sea of lights’”.
It is traditional for Volkswagen to show strong support for the Beetle Sunshine Tour. As in previous years, Volkswagen will be bringing a host of Beetles, New Beetles and Type 1s to Travemünde. The oldest model this time around is a Hebmüller Type 1 Convertible built in 1949. The most powerful one, meanwhile, is a New Beetle RSi produced in 2000, generating 165 kW/225 PS.