Some things are design classics. The little black dress? Yes. The Porsche 911? Kind of. The VW Beetle? No.
There is a new one out, and while it certainly still resembles the original Beetle and the previous incarnation, it manages to pull of the modernisation of the Beetle in a much less effeminate way than the last one.
But it's worth remembering that the previous version had been around for a very long time, and was based on an aging Golf platform.
The new one is based on, er, an aging Golf platform, but manage to look a hell of a lot more aggressive - in the same way that David Miliband manages "tough-guy" much more easily than Ed - but is still essentially a throwback to a time when cars were crap and unreliable.
So would I buy one? Maybe.