Charl Bosch
Online Motoring Reporter
7 minute read
29 Sep 2021
10:00 am

Volkswagen at 70: Seven decades of local icons

Charl Bosch

Fascinating history of one of the most loved brands in South Africa raised a few smiles.

The Beetle was where it all started for Volkswagen. Image: Mileman Media

“Are we really going to do this? Or more specifically, what possessed them allowing us to do this?” This was my unspoken thought to a colleague clicking away on his camera in front of a pair of immaculate Volkswagen Beetles and a beautiful 1976 Audi 100 Coupe S outside the Boardwalk Hotel in Port Elizabeth just over two weeks ago. Past heroes The reason for my hesitation was however justified. In front of us stood a variety of iconic Volkswagen and Audi models from the marque’s heritage collection, the oldest being a 1958 Beetle Cabriolet and the newest from 2003, one of...