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Classic VW from 1930 to 1960

193_ Volkswagen Beetle Series 3

193_ Volkswagen Beetle Series 3 Cabriolet

1932 Volkswagen Beetle Type 12Sv

1933 Volkswagen Beetle Type 32 NSU

1936 Volkswagen Beetle Daimler-Benz Cabriolet

1936 Volkswagen Beetle Type 60

1936 Volkswagen Beetle Type 60

1936 Volkswagen Prototype

1937 Volkswagen Beetle Type 60

1937 VW Cabriolet

1937 Volkswagen Beetles Type 30

1937 VW Kubelwagen Type 62 Stuka Prototype

1937 Volkswagen

1937 Volkswagen

1938 VW Kubelwagen Prototype

1938 Volkswagen Beetle

1938 Volkswagen Beetle

1938 Volkswagen Beetle Convertible

1939 VW KdF Wagon

1939 VW KdF Wagon Cabriolet

1942 Volkswagen 4 Wheel Drive Beetle Type 87

1944 Schwimwagen

1944 Volkswagen Beetle Type 877

1945 Volkswagen Beetle

1946 Volkswagen Beetle Cabriolet Prototype

1946 Volkswagen Beetle Pickup

1947 Volkswagen Beetle

1948 Volkswagen Beetle

1949 Volkswagen Hebmller Cabriolet

1950 VW Beetle Deluxe Sunroof Sedan

1950 VW Beetle Hebmuller Cabriolet

1951 Volkswagen Deluxe Beetle

1952 Volkswagen Beetle

1952 VW Beetle Stoll Coupe

1952 VW Beetle Karmann Kabriolett

1952 VW Hebmuller Beetle Type-18A Polizei Cabriolet

1953 Volkswagen Beetle

1954 Volkswagen Beetle

1954 Volkswagen Beetle

1955 Volkswagen 1200

1955 Volkswagen 1200

1956 Volkswagen 1200

1956 Volkswagen

1956 Volkswagen

1956 VW Beetle Karmann Convertible

1957 VW Beetle Deluxe Sedan

1957 VW Beetle Deluxe Sedan

1957 VW Rometsch Coupe

1958 VW Beetle Deluxe Sedan

1958 VW Beetle Karmann Convertible

1959 VW Beutler Coupe

1959 VW Beetle Deluxe Sedan

1959 VW Type II Station Wagon

1960 VW Beetle Sunroof

1960 VW Beetle Sunroof

1960 VW Karmann Beetle Cabriolet Conversion Dutch Police


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Karmann Ghia

Classic Cars – Karmann Ghia

Author: Matt Coughlan

The Karmann Ghia was essentially a VW Beetle with a different body shell attached, yet it is considered an elegant sports car. So what constitutes a sports car? For the Karmann Ghia it was all about styling.In the years following World War II VW had been successfully producing small and efficient automobiles like the Beetle, with a reputation for outstanding reliability. But as time wore on consumers began demanding vehicles with style and elegance, reflecting the changing attitudes at the time. This call was answered by the Karmann Ghia.The end result however was a car which appealed to 2 very different groups. There were those who wanted a Porsche on a VW budget, and those who wanted a beautiful European touring car that was durable. This was achieved because VW chose to stick to its reliable Beetle chassis, yet covered that Chassis with a shell that was hand built to perfection using methods not seen anywhere else but on the world’s finest cars. Then end result was a car which could not reach 100mph unlike its rivals, but this could easily be overlooked thanks to its beautiful styling and knowing it wouldn’t let you down whilst out on the road. During its 18 year production run, around half a million people considered these points more important than thoroughbred racing performance.It is worth noting that VW emphasised all of the above facts in its advertising. They made it a point to openly declare that it was mechanically identical to the Beetle, and had slogans such as “The 1963 Volkswagen Karmann Ghia. Slower, but Prettier Than Any Porsche!”. This was an honest advertising campaign, and captured the attention of the public. Unfortunately due to high import duties at the time relatively few made it over to the UK, but this didn’t stop the car being a huge success at the time and going on to become a classic car. Owners of such a car should use a special  classic car insurance broker, and conduct a car insurance Comparison online to find the best insurance quotes

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The History Of The VW Bus

The History Of The VW Bus

Author: Phoenix Delray

The Volkswagen Bus, officially named the Volkswagen Type 2, is the second vehicle line produced by the German automaker best known for the Type 1 Beetle. The VW Bus is also known as the Transporter and made its debut in the year 1950. Inspiration for future cargo and passenger vans, several versions of the Volkswagen Type 2 are still being made today in world-wide markets.

The very first of its kind produced in 1950, the Type 2 came with a split windshield, prompting its common nickname, the Splittie. The Splittie was made through 1967 and featured the same technology, which in large part attributed to the success of its cousin, the Beetle, built using VW Aircooled Parts. Volkswagen Restoration Parts are largely available today which makes the VW Bus a popular, classic vehicle to own and maintain. But this popularity does not come without some difficulties, in fact, the year 1959 was so troublesome for the VW Bus that a massive recall took place in which all Transporter engines were swapped out with new VW aircooled parts, specifically the 40 hp engine.

The VW bus is still popular today for many reasons, perhaps due to the fact that Volkswagen restoration parts are so readily available and cheap to purchase. A sought after car from the 1960s and on, again, much like its predecessor the Beetle, Type 2 Busses served not only as cars, but symbols of their generation. A representation of an emerging counterculture, the Volkswagen Bus could hold many people along with their belongings, and so it became known as a hippy mobile. Today, the Type 2 is still popular among travel enthusiasts, particularly campers, surfers and families who generally enjoy a leisurely drive. Models produced in more recent years started marketing campaigns directly geared toward such crowds, some busses even come with built in campers, while older versions were simply used to sleep, and even live within. All these facts along with few major car maintenance issues, VW aircooled parts continue to serve as dependable, functional pieces of machinery which comprise an overall pleasant to drive vehicle.

Volkswagen restoration parts and advice for how to rebuild and maintain the VW bus, are available throughout online and traditional retail stores. A plethora of books are available for purchase regarding VW parts and, within the internet age, there are many chatrooms, blogs and online articles dedicated to VW buses, VW parts and everything else a car owner would want to know about their classic.

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The History of the Vw Beetle. One of the Worlds Classic Cars

The History of the Vw Beetle. One of the Worlds Classic Cars

Author: Peter Clark

The VW Beetle is one of the most well known cars in history. The beetle came out initially in 1938, and has been in production in one form or another for most of the years from 1938 to 2003. The VW Beetle is without doubt one of the most classic cars in history. And the history of the VW Beetle is an interesting one indeed.The original idea for the VW Beetle, or what is also known as the VW Bug, came from Adolf Hitler. It is said that he had the idea of a “peoples car” in 1924 whilst he way in prison. He wanted a car that anyone could afford, and also to help with the unemployment problem that existed in post WW1 Germany. In 1933 the Nazi party came to power and Hitler raised the issue of building special roads for the peoples car, and in 1933 the government began a program of construction of “autobahns” for German drivers. “Volkswagon” (VW) is the German name for peoples car.Hitler wanted the design project for the Beetle started and gave the job to Ferdinand Porsche, later to become very well known for the “Porsche” cars that bore his name. Hitler specified some criteria, including a top speed of 62 mph (100 kmh), at least 42 miles to the gallon fuel consumption, able to transport at least 2 adults and 3 children and to be able to sell for less than what was at the time the equivalent of 86 pounts (UK currency).Thus began the history of the VW Beetle, arguably the most famous car in history.The big question was the engine to be used and the placement of the engine, and in 1935 an Austrian engineer came up with a design for a flat four engine, Porsche having previously decided that the engine should be rear mounted. This engine was an air cooled engine, and was cheap to build, and this engine powered hundreds of thousands of beetles for the next 40 years.And the name even came from Adolf Hitler. He specified a car that would “look like a beetle” so it was well streamlined, and hence the name “Beetle”. Then “Bug”. And the history of the VW Beetle records that that body shape changed little over many decades.The basic style of the VW Beetle changed little over many decades, though of course there were many different models, but each model had the same basic beetle shape, and the engine changed little too. The manufacture of the Volkswagen Beetle stopped in 1980, at what point it had become the worlds most popular car.The VW Beetle is not the worlds fastest car. It will, technically, do 0 – 50 mph in 13 seconds, a little slower than most cars today, but it had other features that made it popular. It was cheap to buy and run, simple to work on and reliable. It had only a small motor and, although originally required by Hitler to do 42 mpg, actually did a little over 30 mpg. That, however, is still very good compared to many modern cars.That’s the basic history of the VW Beetle. It was and is one of the worlds classic cars. It spawned a whole generation of great small cars, like the VW golf, and sold hundreds of thousands. It has also been the basis of many other vehicles. For example many vehicles such as dune buggies are based on a simple VW Beetle chassis.The history of the Beetle is an interesting one. And for those interested in owning a VW Beetle there is still a range of great quality second hand Beetles available. And there are countless restored Beetles and car clubs with many Beetle owners. So if you’d love your own piece of automobile history grab a VW Beetle. The history of the VW Beetle has shown it to be one of the worlds great cars.

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March 2010