I did once, but I think I got away with it.
Fortunately, Volkswagen is more circumspect. Despite the 2013 Beetle Turbo Convertible having been inspired by VW’s 1949 Type 1, the company draws the line at mentioning the war – or even the decade in which it was fought – in its retro line-up.
This means that while buyers can get their new VW cabrios done up in '70s, ‘60s, and even 1950s fashion, any trim-level suggesting a German staff car as pursued by P-47s down a forest road in the Ardennes is strictly verboten.
|Overrunning countryside, postwar style: The 1949 Type 1|
Of course, imposing retro designs on a car that began its life as one tends to confuse things. Truth to tell, the Beetle and its fastback forebears have pretty much always been retro. Hell -- even the styling of the ‘49 model that served as our test car’s design buck was barely distinguishable from its 1935 prototype; and if that weren't enough, both models' deco-era lines did the hustle into disco-era times as a result of VW’s mid-century antipathy toward cosmetic model-year changeovers.