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 started out as one tends to confuse things. Truth to tell, the Beetle and its fastback forebears have pretty much always been retro. Hell -- even 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.