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Hemmings Motor News has been around since 1954. We're proud of our heritage, but we're also more than the Hemmings full of classifieds that your father subscribed to. Aside from new editorial content every month in Hemmings, we have three monthly magazines: Hemmings Muscle Machines, Hemmings Classic Car and Hemmings Sports and Exotic Car.

While our editors traverse the country to find the best content for those magazines, we find other oddities related to the old-car hobby that we really had no place for - until now. With this blog, we're giving you a behind-the-scenes look at what we see and what we do during the course of putting out some of the finest automotive magazines you'll ever read.

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Beetles Reunion

Posted March 17, 2010 12:01 AM by dstrohl

Even in Mexico, it's uncommon to see a tripleheader of Volkswagen Beetles waiting at the same traffic light, despite the "Vocho's" assured status as a Mexican icon. I grabbed a photo of these three at an intersection along a Puerto Vallara boulevard during last week's Hemmings Cruise to Mexico. A visual guesstimate on their vintage is around 1980.

The Beetle's evolution into a Mexican-built motorcar began in 1961, when the first CKD kits from Germany were assembled in a local Studebaker-Packard plant. Volkswagen opened its own assembly factory the following year, then began producing Beetles at its new, much larger Puebla plant in 1967. Later Mexican Beetles achieved a sophistication unknown north of the border, acquiring Digifant-injected 1.6-liter power, front disc brakes and retro appearance options.

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