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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Автор SisterBug TV ( назад)
Red rides again

Автор Bilal Ahmed ( назад)
Damn, for $1999, I would get two !

Автор itiswhatitaint anditaintwhatitis ( назад)
So Herbie wasn't the only VW on water!

Автор bottmar1 ( назад)
What on earth are people thinking of calling these beetles reliable? An
engine known to commonly need valve jobs often at 40,000 miles is reliable?
I've owned six of them. My son had a bus. Both my brothers had a VW and all
of the cars had engine trouble. Luckily the engines were easy to remove in
as little as eight minutes but reliable? No way! Other problems were poor
heating in city driving and common idling troubles related to carburetor
icing. Even some new carburetors have idled poorly right out of the box no
matter what you did. I like beetles but only because I like the ease of
most maintenance on them but none of them were as reliable as ANY of the 90
or so water cooled cars I have owned over the last fifty years.

Автор Dean ( назад)
i think that's the one i bought used.

Автор Alfredo Arbe ( назад)
they stopped production bcause is too good, clearly not convenient for
business to build a car that lasts forever

Автор rxv995 ( назад)
My family have been into classic VW's for years. I've had several over the
years, from my first a red 67', to the 63' ragtop I have now. Anyone into
them knows that 67' and older are the "real" classics that you want. NEVER
a Super Beetle because of the strut situation, not to mention that rough
looking curved under front apron. Anyway, VW made a print add in 67" for
the type 1 and they say it floated for 42 minutes if memory serves. I have
one somewhere, but a quick google should bring a pic of one up to be sure.

Автор cole myers ( назад)
"how long does a vw beetle float?" a whole 15 seconds it looks like...

Автор Kelly Ann ( назад)
my granddaddy Lew Wood!! Rip love and miss you forever

Автор mike Bond ( назад)
My biggest regret was selling my 74 bus full camper conversion. I have a 74
Super Bug now last of the flat windscreen modle. Fair bit of rust here and
there so would make a good reef for the fishes as would leak like a sieve..

Автор Chris martin ( назад)
And you still see these driving around the streets now what cars can you
see of the same age that are not kept in a garage or fully refurbished
...German cars ftw

Автор jendracowyrm ( назад)
my cousin told me he had a '71 and would do this at the beach. after seeing
this commercial, I can believe it...

Автор Dan Williams ( назад)
My 74 Super Beetle was so airtight it was difficult to close the doors
unless you cracked a window. Seems like my 69 Transporter was that way too,
but not as much as the Super Beetle.

Автор Abe Markillie ( назад)
I still cam't believe VW switched them to FF instead of RR. UNCOOL

Автор Zakk Gardner ( назад)
As they say -
If Ted Kennedy had driven a Bug, he might have become president.

Автор sgreen4 ( назад)
There is a lake nearby where I live that has a vw beetle under the water so
I know it won't float forever

Автор bIood fox ( назад)
I'm a bit confused guys, does it float for short periods of time or is it
actually waterproof?

Автор Forastero lopez ( назад)
Well I love my 67 and still driving it.

Автор Daniel Tice ( назад)
I remember when I was a kid watching this commercial as my Dad proclaimed
it, "BULLSHIT! I Drove ours through a flooded road and I'm still getting
water outta God Damned thing"

Автор AE86 of Mt. Akina ( назад)
A whole new meaning to "They don't build them like they used to"

Автор The YTP Madhouse (Muchacho1994) (564 года назад)
I wish it had the transmission stick on the wheel like other classic cars
instead of on the ground.

Then, it would be perfect.

Автор Marvin The Maniacal Dancing Ape ( назад)
I plan to get a classic Volkswagen Beetle as my first car once I have a
job. After I use my $1,000.00 paycheck from my first week's salary (I'll be
working for Handy, a new house cleaning service that pays its
more-experienced workers $1,000.00 a week), I'll buy a used VW Beetle
Classic off Craigslist and use it as my daily driver until I have enough
cash to buy a Land Rover Defender, my dream truck. Heck I'll even take my
VW Beetle swimming like what Lew Wood does with the Beetle here in the ad;
but I'm only ever gonna get it in the water by simply driving it off a boat
launch since doing it any other way (like driving it off a bridge or a
pier) would be a violation of public safety laws.

Автор 9876543212001 ( назад)
Gotta love it ! I still drive My '69 bug.

Автор Bujar Star ( назад)
So cheap back then for this beauty 

Автор Bujar Star ( назад)
Love this car 

Автор Gary Larry ( назад)
ONLY $2000!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Автор DolleHengst ( назад)
I read somewhere that an empty Beetle stays afloat. it doesn't sink, not
even slowly. Because of all the air in the front. The water can't fill that
part, because the "hood" is entirely above the water.

Автор tomshiba51 ( назад)
I've had my share of VW products through the decades. All amazing
machines. Bought them used, never new. Wish I had, though. Enjoyed them
all. Never water skied with any of them.

Автор dc8764 ( назад)
I have always liked VWs, Herbie the Love Bug got me hooked lol. I heard
that the commercials were always good but they are absolutely
brilliant!!!! I spent an hour watching them yesterday

Автор TheObserver808 (1310 лет назад)
Mary Jo

Автор DubleDeuce ( назад)
BOY!!! Would the asterisk*hawking lawyers and disclaimer lawyers have a
field day with this commercial today. 

Автор Azam Najimudeen ( назад)
haha i want to try this! :D

Автор robvlob ( назад)
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 ( назад)
i got a vw

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

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

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

Автор Deborah Belfatto ( назад)
Love that video

Автор msmithstud ( назад)
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 Luke Helton ( назад)
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 lisadaveg ( назад)
for 1995 you could buy a second one after the first one sinks....

Автор KA3AXCTAH2030 ( назад)
That's 1000% inflation over 30 years or 33.33% year to year, which is
closer to what it actually feels like today compared to what the gov't
claims it is

Автор Douglas Holste ( назад)
I was telling a friend yesterday if he remembered some of the VW
commerials. He remembered this one. Sorry to hear the actor died recently.

Автор beetlejuice150 ( назад)
I am so sorry to hear this! 

Автор Machspeed777 ( назад)
Lew Wood. My friend, passed away today. He was a great father, husband,
actor and friend. 85 yrs old.

Автор G1bumbleswipe ( назад)
I have a 1971 Super Beetle and love it!! I needs a paint job to spot a few
rust spots, but what other 40+ year old car doesn't need a visual touch-up
from time to time, though? As long as I can keep it running, I will keep
driving it. And yes, it is yellow so I do drive a G1 Bumblebee. 

Автор Charles Montmeny-Huot ( назад)
Fuck inflation 

Автор Corkoth55 ( назад)
now what other car gives you this kind of qualit-kind of price

Автор eric miles (jasonhuson2000) ( назад)
lol I got mine free from the original owner my dad told the guy he would
restore it and the guy said take it that was like 10 years ago and we are
just starting. when its finished im going to drive the car to the mans
grave marker and show it to him

Автор Hypnotic ( назад)
I miss my VW beetle

Автор yugozastava13 ( назад)
And that's relevant to the VW Beetle's buoyancy... how?

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

Автор 황선환 ( назад)

Автор wwwtotalitaerde ( назад)
The Germany problem is misunderstood around the world.The reason for German
atrocities and agressiveness is a result of greed and idleness.Racism and
the idea of world domination are only an ideological cover for this greed
and idleness.This makes it very difficult to deal with the question of
Germany, as the German state will always assemble a large part of the
Germans with the aim"to make money"using immoral means.My brother had been
tortured 5.5 years and was murdered because of our homepage 

Автор observer 1959 ( назад)
I grew up in Texas in the late 60s to early 70s and lived near the Dallas
Lovefield airport. It flooded every few years and one year our friends up
the street (on a hill) came into my room in the night in their boat using
flashlights. The water was up to my mattress and they rounded up my family
and took us to their house. At the bottom of the hill after the water
subsided there was a VW bug in the top of a large tree. Quite an experience
for a young boy.

Автор observer 1959 ( назад)
Only the first generations did so because of the unibody construction. 

Автор observer 1959 ( назад)
They didn't, because they wanted you to and then tell all your friends
about it.

Автор Ross Ewage ( назад)
ER-AH!! LMAO!!!!

Автор Joziebee ( назад)
Méchant moyen de présenté une wouetture !

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

Автор Weird but Creative ( назад)
I wonder how many idiots back then actually tried that and spent the next
20 years trying to pump pond water out of the engine. I found one in the
woods back in 1993. I think it was a 73. From the looks of the trees and
how bad the tires were, it had to have been there for at least 2 decades. 

Автор gabriel san antonio ( назад)
Guys pause at 0:49 , read the sentence at the end 

Автор rustydog1236 ( назад)
Too bad Ted Kennedy didn't drive a VW.

Автор msmithstud ( назад)
I wish my door panel came off that easy

Автор mark rinebold ( назад)
love that turtleneck...ahoy! 

Автор Jonathan Peake ( назад)
What sort of cock would drive his new Bug into a Lake?!!!!

Автор SuperniusPL ( назад)
At the end of the missing "Das Auto" ....

Автор SuperniusPL ( назад)
1972... hm... I love old advertising automobiles. Great video. I posted on
supernius.pl By 2003, the production lines came off 21 529 464 cars VW
Beetle (absolute record length and quantity of production). The most
powerful engine VW VW Käfer was a unit with a capacity of 1600 ccm3 and 50
hp (max speed. 135 km / h from 0 to 100 km / h in 21 seconds).

Автор Mathew Joe1999 ( назад)
I think japan must use this car because this car can float like boat

Автор Marcelo Fraga ( назад)
Ted Kennedy would have liked this feature.

Автор 1962HILTON ( назад)

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

Автор nitrap5(Karen Partin) ( назад)

Автор nitrap5(Karen Partin) ( назад)
vw beetle is classic 

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

Автор msmithstud ( назад)
they don't float anymore. TRUST ME 

Автор paulinoargento ( назад)
Este auto si bien a simple vista flotaba, en realidad se tardaba en hundir.

Автор walker morris ( назад)
I remember this when it came out

Автор Red Robot ( назад)
See those new fiats? Those just sink apparently.

Автор Dee Jay ( назад)
Jeez I'll take a beetle for $2k

Автор Gurgs (1986 лет назад)
If you notice the ad skips, so it caused that jump in the sentence. 

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

Автор PonyVisation ( назад)
sadly if you got into a wreck your body would fly forward due to no
compression crash. 

Автор Nihi ( назад)
The Beetles 

Автор lou pelez ( назад)
He stole the idea from Tatra. Get your facts straight. 

Автор Jacob Evans ( назад)
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 LilMissMaryLou ( назад)
that's my boy!

Автор Matheus Caixista ( назад)
hahahahgahahah, fusca da pau nesses carrinhos de plastico kkkkk k

Автор Dread Simulator 2k16 ( назад)
that too

Автор ztwntyn8 ( назад)
Dude, if there is a car god it would John DeLorean (for his European
styling on Trans Ams starting in 1970) or Carol Shelby (for everything he
has ever created). Shelby would wake up in the middle of the night with
ideas and write them down.... in his 80s. 

Автор ztwntyn8 ( назад)
Nope he's a corpse and murderer. 

Автор Dread Simulator 2k16 ( назад)
Hitler is a God.

Автор chase lupex ( назад)
did i hear a bov?

Автор excalebuir ( назад)
correction. Well made by Hitler!

Автор Pasha Angelina ( назад)
hahaha! But seriously, of all the cars I see on the road today that were
built before 1970, over 90% are Beetles. There's the odd Mini and Mercedes,
but mostly just VW. 

Автор Dread Simulator 2k16 ( назад)
made by Hitler.

Автор R3yHDz (740 лет назад)
1999? I'll take 10! (LMAO they don't know I can sell it for 5 times that,

Автор hebneh ( назад)
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 KaibaCorporationDTDL ( назад)
You can buy it for $200 in certain countries like Bosnia.

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