‘Herbie The Love Bug’
The actual VW Beetle was never a performance car. Yet in this Disney classic, Herbie wins races against Ferraris. Although it was adorable, Herbie was nothing more than just a VW Beetle with some wide wheels, a characteristic paint job, and a famous name (via Wikipedia).
Officially, production on the VW Beetle started in 1938 and ended in 2003, during which time more than 22 million cars were made in 14 countries around the globe. The Beetle was indeed the first global car in terms of popularity, affordability, and presence. The Ford T motorized the world as the first globally popular automobile. Still, the VW Beetle became a car for classes that only dreamed about owning a vehicle, especially in third-world countries.