Event coverage: Northern Worthersee 2017 - Air-Cooled Volkswagens

When Volkswagen first started out, Ferdinand Porsche was commissioned by Fuhrer Adolf Hitler of Nazi Germany to make a car for the people, so he did. And he called it...the "volkswagen"..or "Peoples Car". Since then, the car has seen massive popularity in many different forms. This mid-1970's Beetle was set up for rallying. It's a fairly complete build with a full interior, right down to the 8-track player and crate full of period pop music.

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I'm not sure of the displacement on this exact car, but Volkswagen used air-cooled H-4 engines ranging from 1100cc to 1600cc. I'm guessing this is a later 1.6? Either way, it's been gone-through, and has a cutout in the exhaust, making this car sound pretty awesome.

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The most popular way to do up a Beetle was as a Dune Bug. And this Cabriolet Super Beetle was one such example.

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I really like the way the engine hangs out the back of the car. And the exhaust....so cool!

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This mostly factory (Other than the wheels with adaptors) Cabriolet was a very clean example.

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The Karmann-Ghia was a special model made by Volkswagen using the Chassis and Mechanicals from the Type-1 (Beetle) with a body designed by Italian design house Carrozzeria Ghia, and hand built in Germany by a coach-builder called "Karmann".

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Like the Beetle, this car had engine options including  a 1200, 1300, 1500 or 1500cc engine.

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Whatever the variation, the Karmann-Ghia will always be a cool car.

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You all know I love wagons, especially those of the 2-door variant. The Volkswagen Type 3 wagon is a very cool little car. Rear-engine, air-cooled flat-4 engine, manual transmission...it's all cool.

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I love the two-tone vinyl interior. It's so simple and fuctional, yet...one of the coolest interiors from the era.

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The rear of the vehicle has some nice lines. The air inlet vents on the side are the only indication as to where the engine is.

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I really like the Red, Black and White color scheme on this Type-3.


This Type-3 1600 Fastback was gorgeous. I had never seen one before, so this was a nice treat.

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The Bavarian Inn in the background make for a great photo.

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This Type 3 came with the 3-speed Automatic transmission, which, I'm sure, was an uncommon option.

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This Type-2 Micro-Bus was pretty clean. Apparently, according to the plaque in front, this same guy brought the awesome matte-black 4-door pickup Type 2 last year.

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-Phil







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