Amazing Vintage Ads of the 1960s and 1970s Depicted the Airtight and Floating Capabilities of the VW Beetle – Design You Trust — Design Daily Since 2007

Amazing Vintage Ads of the 1960s and 1970s Depicted the Airtight and Floating Capabilities of the VW Beetle


If you’ve ever wondered whether Volkswagen Beetles can float, the answer is yes—the original model could indeed float under certain conditions due to its unibody construction and airtight seals.

This unique capability was even highlighted in historical print and TV advertisements from the 1960s and 1970s, which demonstrated the car’s ability to stay buoyant in water, with one ad claiming it floated for about 42 minutes.

However, it’s crucial to understand that while the Beetle could float, it wasn’t designed for prolonged aquatic use. Advertisements cautioned that although the Beetle could temporarily remain on the surface, it was not intended to be used as a boat and would eventually lose buoyancy. Therefore, experimenting with a Beetle in water is not advised.


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