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how long does a vw beetle float? Just watch!



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In July 2007, I received an email from Lew Wood, the actor who appears in this commercial. He tells:

I am the guy tha D-D-B chose to be the spokesman for that famous "Floating VW" TV commercial in June , 1972.
My name is Lew Wood, and I was doing commercials and V/O's in NYC when I was booked for the job. We shot it at a launching ramp in Stamford, CT on LI Sound. The production crew was Horn-Greiner. Director Norm Greiner. D-D-B's creative director was Tom Yobaggy. And even Mr. Bernbach was on the location!
They hired a stuntman to drive the VW into the water. However, Norm Greiner suddenly woke up to the fact that I had to deliver that last line "Now, what other car gives you this kind of quality at this kind of price?" from the car! I said, "Norm, I'm a sailor, I'm at home on the water. I'll drive it in!"
I splashed it three times. (We used three identical Beetles, all burnt orange in color. Splashed two of them alternately, the third never got wet and was used for "beauty shots." Swimmers went in to tow them back to shore after each take.
We all thought our commercial would win the "Clio" that year, but the "Snowplow" commercial took the prize.
However, the residuals were nice!
After many years of searching for a 1972 Super Beetle in burnt orange with NO RUST, I finally found one a few years ago in Vista, CA, and snapped it up. I now proudly drive around town frequently and get admiring looks.
Now, you know "the rest of the story!"

Lew Wood died in August 2013, at the age of 84 years.

This commercial has a surprise in it. At the and you can watch a beetle being driven into the water. Funny is the text in the commercial says: allthough the beetle does definately float, it will not float indefinately. Fun!

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Комментарии:

Автор KlunkerRider (3 месяца)
This reminds me of the now famous, then infamous, National Lampoon's fake
VW advertisement stating "If Ted Kennedy drove a Volkswagen, he'd be
President today"

Автор Bilal Ahmed (1 месяц)
Just to expect from the Germans !

Автор msmithstud (6 месяцев)
my 76 is very air tight, but i'm pretty sure it won't float after 38
years. I have to slighty crack the window just to shut the driver's door
all the way. That's how air tight it is.

Автор Wayne Roberts (1 год)


Автор Teambr00klyn (6 месяцев)
you can thank adolf hitler for the ability to float. He made it a
requirement in the original design

Автор Aldar Sierra (3 года)
The car of the future was invented in 1938!!!

Автор Vesna Kujundzic (11 месяцев)


Автор Beetles in the Wild (1 год)
Wild VW Beetles can float. This means if one is chasing you, you aren't
safe on land or water. Nowhere to hide!! :| http://ow.ly/kvsDS

Автор Air Cooled Addiction (7 месяцев)
In this VW commercial from 1972, Volkswagen assures us that if GPS
navigation systems had existed then, directing their owners into local
lakes wouldn't have been a problem if they owned a Beetle:

how long does a vw beetle float? Just watch!

Автор Chris Smith (2 года)
http://youtu.be/1qB0lb401ZU

Автор Petty Minas (2 года)
GENIAL

Автор puffer1958 (5 месяцев)
If Ted Kennedy had driven one he would have been President.

Автор Duo Maxwell (3 года)
how long does a vw beetle float? Just watch!

Автор Groovy Reflections (2 года)
Should they have called it "Amphicar"?

Автор Lucas Freeman (1 год)
Why the rain last night had me concerned :-p

Автор RacerM53 (5 месяцев)
Im getting a 67 for my first car cant wait picking it up tomorrow!!!!!!!

Автор robvlob (1 день)
It would be nice if you could still pick one up that's in really good shape
for $1,999.00

20 odd years ago they were cheap you could of probably bought 3-5 in good
to great shape and a few parts cars for that price.

Автор Xtech Coparation (1 месяц)
i got a vw

Автор Luke Helton (7 месяцев)
Only 1999 wow that's cheap for a car plz don't say it's over 30 years ago
but still that's my iMac and dell put together and beats studio 

Автор BadAssEngineering (2 года)
hmmmm New proyect!!! chop the roof, weld the doors, re-seal every part of
the car, add a proppeller to the engine and taa-daa!!! amphibious car! Me
Gusta

Автор White .Out (2 года)
Well shit, mine doesn't float

Автор Jacob Evans (1 год)
actually you wouldnt, the VW beetle has a lot of steel which a lot of cars
these days don't. The VW beetle can hold it's own in an accident.

Автор SuperMahPooshizzamwtfidkLol (1 год)
that too

Автор kax727 (2 года)
jajajaja es verdad!! xD

Автор brightbite (2 года)
Back when shit didn't cost your internal organs! :/

Автор Pookatube (2 года)
If only the spokesperson in that ad was none other than Ted Kennedy......

Автор msmithstud (2 года)
I miss my 74 bug. Very reliable cars particularly when they were new

Автор 001GenLee (2 года)
2 grand for a new Beetle back then? Wow! Times have surely changed! ....for
the worse i think...gas prices were hella cheaper back then too!

Автор 09876543219401 (2 года)
@crazyryan sssoo who cares

Автор Yautjaamedha (2 года)
They actually do float...

Автор Lantz Newberry (1 год)
They didn't, because they wanted you to and then tell all your friends
about it.

Автор yourfast07 (1 год)
I would buy 1 for $2000

Автор Jerry Reyes (1 год)
Mine did not float that long.. LOL, I had to abandon ship.

Автор beetlejuice150 (2 года)
This was in 1972.

Автор 1Kuusi (2 года)
Roger moore??

Автор matt9519US (1 год)
Back when they didn't need to put "don't try this at home"

Автор TriumphT140 (2 года)
Only $3,000 more than a Triumph Bonnieville or Norton Atlas. Not bad!

Автор 14omega28ok (2 года)
@TheAuto101 My moms kia is 8,000 and I much much MUCH rather Drive my bug
than that car. My beetle gets better gas mileage, and drives better, and
handles better, and is quieter than her car.

Автор ford9572 (2 года)
The '68 Sunroof Beetle I have was bought new by my Dad in Hamburg, Germany
and he shipped it over here to the US, Still a great car!!!

Автор 14omega28ok (1 год)
The gas mileage thing was a stretched truth I'll admit. Mine gets in the
neighborhood of 27 MPG. Although there are simple modifications (Or so I've
heard) like better Electronic ignition, Hotter spark plugs, and other
things that have claimed to boost mileage up into the 30's. I met a guy who
said his got around 32 MPG with a simple change in distributor

Автор excalebuir (1 год)
correction. Well made by Hitler!

Автор tailsawsome17 (1 год)
i saw him in Florida the other day

Автор I didn't even want a new name (2 года)
@ColossuSDesignS thats the point (and its herp derp idiot)

Автор morphhex (2 года)
I wish they would have put a few more layers of paint on the underpinning.

Автор snazzysportstacker (1 год)
"Now, what other car gives you this kind of quality kind of price?" Watch
your grammar bro

Автор hebneh (1 год)
When this commercial was made, a car being able to float like this was
really notable. Look at videos of disasters today, however - floods, or
tsunamis - and you'll see that all cars float like this now. Except that
with the engine in the front (unlike this VW Beetle), the front end is
heavier and thus they float with the front partly underwater. Here you see
the back end of the Beetle (with the engine) starting to sink.

Автор wolfgangiceclaw (2 года)
@JBofBrisbane I Drive a 73 Bug as my daily driver and I would rather be in
my Bug then a a new car the same size. As for the safety features I was
involved in an accident in a beetle, an accord hit me and not only did her
take more damage I was completely unhurt and she had whiplash. Also a car
that small you didn't need disk brakes but there are many kits to add them,
and ALL VW's came with a heater that worked from the cooling fan and heat
exchangers on the exhaust so you got heat in secs

Автор Mathew Mahathir (1 год)
I think japan must use this car because this car can float like boat

Автор I didn't even want a new name (2 года)
@ColossuSDesignS stupid meme is stupid

Автор RJSRdg (2 года)
Of course British TV presenter/actor/Chief Scout drove one almost all the
way across the Irish Sea!

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