#31 – Volkswagen Beetle
“Shift into Overjoy.” Originally designed as a people’s car for those looking for a more affordable subcompact car, the Volkswagen Beetle was designed in the 1930s, but it wasn’t produced until after the Second World War. Becoming the first rear-engine car since the Brass Era, the Beetle is still in production today and is now the longest-running and most manufactured car of a single platform ever made. In fact, the Beetle—unofficially known as the Volkswagen Type 1—was recognized as the fourth most influential car of the 20th century behind the Ford Model T, the Mini Cooper, and the Citroën DS.
Basic models start at $20,220 but fail to hold their value with a 28.5% depreciation rate that brings the pre-owned price down to $14,457 after the first year. The Beetle’s diesel models have seen even bigger depreciation values and, as a result, have been out of production since 2015 when Volkswagen admitted they included a software cheat in the models to beat emissions tests. Although depreciation rates for the standard Beetle are near 30%, this hasn’t stopped VW fans from buying new models, which means pre-owned models are a steal in the used car market!