Wednesday, February 13, 2008

Funkengroovin Wednesday - Scenes From A Museum, Rarities and Relatives

Since the last post was The Oddities and Egyptian Relatives, here's a selection of cars from the Museum that are related to the Beetle and to each other, as well (very strange, and extended arrangements that VW has had with other auto makers) aka "The Relatives."

Please let VB know if you find any errors (not including spelling as spell checker is still out of order.)

Previous Posts:

Funkengroovin Wednesday - Scenes From A Museum
Funkengroovin Wednesday - Scenes From A Museum, Beetles
Funkengroovin Wednesday - Scenes From A Museum, The Oddities and Egyptian Relatives

(Below Two Photos): Horch From Wiki: "The company was established by August Horch, a former production manager for Karl Benz, and a partner on November 14, 1899 with a capital of 30,000 Goldmark at Ehrenfeld, near Cologne. Horch was also later the founder of the German automaker, Audi, which is named after the Latin translation of his surname (Latin word for the regional Saxon expression, horch, which is the imperative form of “hark” - "listen" in German)."

(Below): NSU Type 32 From Wheelspin: The History Of The Beetle-The Earliest Beginnings Pt.1
"With the hard-won experience of the Type 12 project, Porsche was soon able to build the
Type 32, a fully functional prototype that avoided many of the mechanical problems of the earlier car. The NSU car retained the same layout as its Zundapp predecessor, but in place of the radial five-cylinder engine was a horizontally opposed four cylinder 1 litre unit. Unfortunately for Porsche, contractual agreements with Fiat forced NSU out of the carmaking business, leaving Porsche only the prototype to show for its efforts."

(Below): Hebmuller From Volkswagens Of The World:
"Type 14A Hebmuller Cabriolet ...Volkswagen managing director, Heinz nordhoff, chose Hebmuller and Karmann to make cabriolets based on the Beetle. Karmann was asked to produce a four-seater convertible and Hebmuller a two-seat roadster. To own one would elevate you to a very special level of VW enthusiast. And, to buy even a rusty relic today would cost a veritable heap of money."

More about the Hebmuller, with loads of photos available at Wheelspin's, Weird & Wonderful VWs: The Hebmuller Story

(Below L-R): Porsche 914,Type 3 Karmann, Karmann Ghia

From Volkswagens Of The World
Porsche "For the 1976 model year only, Porsche produced a version of the 911 with a 2.0 litre Type 4 Volkswagen engine. It was called the Porsche 912E and sold only in the US market for a year. It was a stop-gap car produced to fill a niche in the market for a four-cylinder Porsche that was cheaper than the six-cylinder 911. 1975 was the last year of the VW-Porsche 914 (also with a 2.0 litre Type 4 engine) and the front-engined, water-cooled, four-cylinder Porsche 924 was not ready for release in the US market until the 1977 model year. (The VW-Porsche 914 was sold in the USA as a 'Porsche 914' and through Porsche rather than VW dealers.)"

From Volkswagens Of The World:
Type 34 1500 and 1600 Karmann Ghia "In September 1961 Karmann introduced its version of the Volkswagen Type 3, known as the VW Karmann Ghia 1500 Coupe'...It has an unusual body style that people either love or hate. It was built in the Karmann factory at Osnabruck on the VW Type 3 floorplan, engine, gearbox and running gear...The Type 34 Karmann Ghia was never sold as a convertible and production reached only 42,562 by July 1969...Regrettably, the Type 34 Karmann Ghia has the distinction of being the first model that Volkswagen ever deleted from its range. It's production line was given over to the VW-Porsche 914 sportscar."

And for the
Karmann Ghia (again from Volkswagens Of The World): "In September 1957 the VW Type 1 Karmann Ghia Cabriolet was introduced with a body just as pretty as that of the fixed-roof coupe'. Type 1 Karmann Ghias always had the same specification as the top-of-the-range and most powerful Beetles, except that the McPherson strut was never introduced Karmann Ghias. Production was from 1955 to March 1974. Like the Beetle Cabriolet, production of the Type 1 Karmann Ghia could have gone on for longer. However, its production line was needed to make the new front-wheel drive Volkswagen Scirocco sports coupe'."

More of the Rotten:

From Microbus to Routan: Will new VW minivan sell?

Where is the VW Microbus?

"But here we are at the 2008 Chicago show with a Dodge Grand Caravan given “Das auto” treatment. Sorry, this one is not straight out of Wolfsburg.

I knew it was rude, but I couldn’t help it. At the press conference, I stared at the abundant front overhang on the latest VW model to bear an unpronounceable name. It… is… huge. The Routan is no Microbus. (Perhaps it should be dubbed the “Rhinoplasty.”)

What happened? Business realities came crashing in. Engineering a Microbus that could meet increasingly stringent safety regulations in the States and abroad was adding significant cost, according to Volkswagen, and thereby reducing its market and profit potential.

The short-term fix in the United States was to partner with Chrysler, a relationship not unlike those VW had struck with other automakers in Europe through the years."

VW Taps Chrysler Design, Not Hippie Bus, for First American Van: Live at the 2008 Chicago Auto Show
"If you’ve been dreaming of some hip, new-wave version of the hippie microbus, dream on."

Not So Rotten News:

The self-parking van is just around the corner.

"Volkswagen has confirmed it is developing its car-based park assist system for commercial vehicle use.

It is looking at the system being launched this week on the VW Tiguan, after it was pioneered on the Touran, for the next generation Caddy and Crafter vans.

The park assist uses sensors, cameras and computer-links to the electronically assisted steering system to parallel reverse the vehicle into a parking space on either side of the road.

The driver simply switches on park assist when approaching a line of parked vehicles with suitable gaps and the electronics measure gaps, alerting the driver if there is one large enough for the vehicle.

Once a suitable gap is found the driver simply takes hands of the wheel and lets park assist take over turning the wheel as necessary to slip into the gap. Only the speed of the reverse and any forward correction is controlled by the driver."

(Go to the link for all the amazing photos and an in-depth description.)
VW Space Up! Blue: the one concept car I really, really want

"The SUB is concept and we may or may not see this get produced. I, for one, hope it does go into production because it’s frickin’ sweet. I always wanted one of the old VW buses and this is just ten times better.
I just hope VW puts this bad boy into production."

More photos here and here, both from autoblog.

From Jalopnik: Porsche Powered VW Transporter


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