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Beetles on display (including Foxy Lady) in Grahamstown

  • VW Beetle display delights National Arts Festival visitors
  • Refresh you memories of a truly iconic family car
  • Be photographed with the famous 1972 Foxy Lady

GRAHAMSTOWN, South Africa – VW Beetle enthusiasts have descended on an interactive exhibition set up by the VW AutoPavilion at the 2019 National Arts Festival which will run until July 7.

The ‘Meet the Beetles’ display, usually a permanent display at the AutoPavilion in Uitenhage, took to show to festival-going fans of this iconic car.

Since the June 27 start of the festival the main VW attraction has been Foxy Lady – the 1972 Volkswagen Beetle that’s the focus point of a live art installation.


As nearly all the display’s visitors have a personal Beetle story they are offered a unique opportunity to record their story and be photographed in Foxy Lady. The images and audio now form part of the installation, showing on a large screen.

With Foxy Lady in the display are some of her Beetle relatives: the beautiful Nomhle, lovingly restored by a woman; Delilah, still an original in every sense; Herbie the film star; and Matti, the baby of the Beetle family. and the last of the 288 353 Beetles manufactured VW’s South African plant in Uitenhage.

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VW SA says the Beetle is an icon the Eastern Cape’s cultural history. The first left the production line at Uitenhage plant on August 31 1951 to make motoring more affordable.


Apart from being an engines behind the economic resurrection of Germany, the Beetle went on to become one of the world’s top-selling vehicles and the fourth most-influential Car of the Century.

The Meet the Beetles display is at the Uitenhage Victoria Girls’ High School grounds, adjacent to the Village Green.

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