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Is it true that sometimes very early on in Beetle production the factory could not get steel wide enough to make the roof section in one? So they bought narrower sheet steel and butt welded to the larger size and then pressed that?

Coupled with that - where did they buy steel from in the very early days when Hirst was running the factory?
 

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Is it true that sometimes very early on in Beetle production the factory could not get steel wide enough to make the roof section in one? So they bought narrower sheet steel and butt welded to the larger size and then pressed that?
TRUE - there's photos of them doing it in some of the "Life at the VW Factory style books. One's called "Small Wonder" I think.
 

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Do any of these cars still exist and if so - do they have a strange fascination for anyone?

And next question - where did they cast the crank cases - as they were magnesium? Or were they?
 
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