Specific: VW M111, better known
as the "Beetle", became part of the inventory
of the Danish Army in 1957.
Historical: The development of the Beetle took
place from 1934 - 1938 by Dr. Ferdinand Porsche. He
submitted a paper describing the construction of a
"German Peoples Car" to the Reich Transport
Ministry in January 1934. In March 1934 Dr. Porsche was
issued a brief by the Reichsverband der
Automobil-Industrie to design the car.
The "Typ 30" prototypes first appeared in
public in 1936, when they were tested by the
As manufacturers companies as Adler, Auto-Union,
Daimler-Benz and Opel were mentioned. Actually
Daimler-Benz delivered 2 bodies for early prototypes, and
later produced 30 prototypes.
To save time, the engine was based on an air-cooled unit
Porsche had developed for NSU.
The vehicle appeared in its final form in 1938, and at
this time the construction phase came under state
The VW factory, which was made to produce the Beetle, was
founded near Fallersleben north-east of Hannover in 1938
- the town of Wolfsburg did not exist at this time.
A selection of VW´s were shown to the public at the
Berlin Auto Show in February 1939, and production were
scheduled to begin in September same year.
In 1940 the factory started deliverance of the
"Kubelwagen", based on the beetle of which no
production has taken place so far, to the German
Wehrmacht. 2 years later the "Schwimmwagen", a
amphibious car with 4-wheel drive, went into production.
A beetle with 4-wheel drive, known as the
"Kommandeurwagen", was also produced.
At the end of WW II, around 70.000 of all models had been
Production of the Beetle commenced in 1945, with the
company under British supervision, and the 25.000th
vehicle was made in May 1948.
In 1955 the 1 million marks was reached.
The last German build "Beetle" was made on the
19th of January 1978, but production carried on in
In total more than 21 millions has been produced.
VW designation for shown model was "VW Käfer 1200,
type 111 Standard".
Length: 4.07 m (158 inches).
Width: 1.54 m (60 inches).
Height: 1.50 m (58 inches).
Weight: 1.150 kg (2.530 lb.).
Engine: 4-cylinder boxer, 1.192 cm3 (73 cubic inches)
displacement, air cooled.
Horsepower: 30 at 3.400 rpm.
Transfer case: None.
Electrical system: 6 volt, negative ground.
Tyres: 5.60 - 15.
without preparation: N/A.
with deep water fording kit: N/A.
Fuel type: Petrol.
Fuel capacity: 40 liter (9 gallons).
Range: 250 km (156 miles).
Crew: 1 + 3.
Additional: Latest delivered cars (model
113) had a 1.3 liter engine. Acquisition price in 1974
was around 14.000,- DKr.