4 DECEMBER 1961 – Production record. Volkswagen – 5,000,000
Vehicle officially presented to the Red Cross.
The 100,000 Volkswagen to be built in Australia rolled from the line at the Clayton plant in Melbourne in March 1961. The ceremony was attended by the Premier of Victoria Sir Henry Bolte. Prior to the big occasion, Volkswagen Australasia had searched for ‘Australia’s oldest VW’ for four months, with the help of extensive advertising and dealer enquiries, before finally locating Ted and Therese Haenel in the state of Victoria who owned a 1946 Beetle. At the 100,000 Volkswagen ceremony in Clayton, Sir Henry Bolte presented the celebration car to Mr and Mrs Haenel in exchange for their 1946 model. “Take good care of it, it’s a good little car” said Mrs Haenel with a moist eye and who can be seen seated on the left in the photo.
MARCH 1961 – Production record. Plant. Australia – 100,000