1977 - the drop-top Beetle was a symbol of Seventies freedom
Detroit, 11 January 2005 Volkswagen has shown a concept based on the ever-popular Beetle at the Detroit (NAIAS) Motor Show. Based on the concept of both a Ragtop and Speedster. Its most visible characteristic is a drastically lowered roof line with a large ragtop, and already the response has been positive enough to suggest the concept will see production and the world's best known automotive icon will continue onwards in yet another incarnation. This article looks at the new Ragster and the history of the Beetle, from Dr Ferdinand Porsche's early prototypes, through to its proliferation to every corner of the planet and a production of more than 20 million vehicles.