Volkswagen of America stopped imported Beetles into this country in 1977, though they continued to sell the Cabriolet version of the Bug here for a couple more years. South of the border, down Mexico way, though, the Beetle soldiered on into the 21st century, finally going out of production in 2003. The Mexican Beetles were an odd amalgam of anachronistic components. To keep them compliant with even Mexico’s relatively lax pollution regulations, the old air-cooled boxer got relatively modern fuel injection and catalytic converters. To keep them cheap, Mexican VeeDubs also got relatively primitive parts from the VW parts bin, like swing axles in the back. Those last appeared on a U.S. market Beetle back in the 1960s. The reason for the Hecho en Michigan headline is that this car is made from almost all new Mexican VW parts, on an “assembled vehicle” title, with the bare minimum of old components needed to pass muster with the Feds. According to the owner it was one of about a dozen cars assembled in Waterford, Michigan, more than a decade ago by a company that was planning to sell “new” Mexican VWs in quantity until Wolfsburg’s decision to end Beetle production in that country also put an end to those plans.
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