Dubbed as the most famous road race in the world, the Mille Miglia is a 1,600 km race across Italy which dates back as far as 1927.
All set to take place from 15th to 17th May, this year’s edition of the Mille Miglia is expected to be a bit more special than usual, as the event will be bidding farewell to the Volkswagen Beetle which is being discontinued later this year.
To mark the end of production of the Beetle, Volkswagen will be lining up two unique classic Beetles at this year’s Mille Miglia – a replica of the 1956 Ovali Beetle, and a modified 1951 “Pretzel” Beetle.
The Diamond Green Ovali Beetle replica, which was built exclusively by Volkswagen Classic back in 2011, is powered by a rear-mounted Porsche engine which generates a maximum output of 75 PS.
The Reseda Green “Pretzel” Beetle on the other hand, has been modified with various Porsche parts and produces 60 PS.
This Beetle has the same set of modifications as the popular “Dapferle” Beetle which raced in 1954 and pulled off a shocking win in the 1300 cc class and finished third in the 1500 cc class.
The two very special “Maggiolino”, as the Beetles are fondly called by Italians, will be among the 430 vintage cars on the Piazza della Vittoria, which will race from Brescia to Rome and back.
In addition to special events like this year’s Mille Miglia, Volkswagen said that the Beetle will also be given a worthy send-off with a “Final Edition”.
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