AS the world bids farewell to the Volkswagen Beetle this year, Volkswagen Passenger Cars Malaysia (VPCM) this evening has unveiled an homage to the Bug with the exclusive “Collector’s Edition Beetle”.
With only 75 units available, the Collector’s Edition Beetle – presented during the “Bye Bye Beetle” media party – is priced at RM164,390*, and is available in Blue Silk, Pure White, Habanero Orange and Tornado Red.
The Collector’s Edition comes decked out with a list of accessories worth up to RM12,000, including a rear spoiler, decorative film, chrome exhaust tips, aluminium sports pedals, scuff plates, VW Tint and an emblem marking its production run.
All 75 owners will additionally receive an official Collector’s Edition certificate of ownership.
Owning a Collector’s Edition Beetle is akin to owning a piece of history, as it is the last special edition Beetle to be offered in Malaysia.
This makes it perfect for Beetle fans wanting a unique, one-of-a-kind touch to their Beetle.
VPCM managing director Erik Winter said that the Collector’s Edition Beetle is a celebration of the amazing run the Beetle has had.
“All good things must come to an end, and it is the same with this global bestseller. The Beetle has enjoyed a rich history – in Malaysia it is one that dates to when it was assembled in Shah Alam in 1968.
“In fact, most Malaysians grew up with a connection to the much-loved car.”
“No other car has sparked such a cult following and defined generations the way the Beetle has. This is the end of an era, so it is only right that we celebrate the life and times of the Beetle with something truly special that is the Collector’s Edition.”
Cult object and design icon, the award-winning Beetle has captured the hearts and minds of the people in its 80 years of production.
Designed by Ferdinand Porsche in 1938, over 21.5 million units have been sold globally, making it one of the best-selling cars in the 20th century.
After three generations, Volkswagen announced that it will cease production of the Beetle.
As the longest-running car in automotive history, its appeal spanned generations. Together with the Kombi, the Beetle personified the term “peace, love and happiness”.
It has made countless appearances in pop culture – as the original “Bumblebee”, as Herbie the The Love Bug and Elle Wood’s transportation of choice in Legally Blonde.
Artist Andy Warhol famously produced prints featuring the Beetle, and a white Beetle was featured on the cover of the final Beatles album, Abbey Road.
The launch of the Collector’s Edition Beetle is part of Volkswagen’s Bye Bye Beetle campaign, which culminates with “The Iconic Gathering” taking place on July 13 in Putrajaya on Saturday.
There, Volkswagen will be attempting to break the current Malaysia record of the largest Beetle gathered at one location during the event and is calling out to all owners of the classic and current Beetle to join in the effort.
All Volkswagen models, including the Beetle, come with three years free maintenance, five years unlimited mileage warranty and five years roadside assistance.
*All prices states are retail price and does not include insurance and registration.