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Saturday, August 3rd

Warning: Science Ahead: Why Don't We See Air-cooled Cars Anymore?

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Classic Beetle Air-cooled Engine
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The Original (Type 1) Volkswagen Beetle is one of the most iconic cars ever built. Even just taken by itself, and not counting derivative vehicles such as the similarly iconic VW Bus, it was produced in larger numbers than any other vehicle platform. Regular readers may point the "Citro├źn Bias" finger at me again, but the same can be said of the Citroen 2CV. It's iconic, and it was produced in the millions.

What else do these cars have in common? They were both air-cooled.
carcynic on 08.03.13 @ 04:48 PM EST