Automotive History: VW’s Stillborn Big Wide Car For America – The AmiWagen, or 911 Sedan
(first posted 7/20/2014) VW’s current strategy to design larger cars specifically for the US market isn’t exactly new. In the early sixties, VW gave serious thought to a six-seater rear-engine […]
This Rarely-Seen 1960s Volkswagen Concept Was One of the Best Cars at Amelia Island
I just got back from the very fancy Amelia Island Concours, which was crammed full of fancy people and fancy cars. This year, though, there was a decidedly less fancy component: For the first time, a separate class of coachbuilt Volkswagens was featured. While pretty much everything in that class was remarkable (and will be covered soon) there’s one fascinating standout I have to share with you: A 1965 Karman-built design study that could have been a replacement for the Karmann-Ghia, if…
Volkswagen Almost Created The Porsche Panamera Back In 1965
Volkswagen has always had a strange relationship with luxury cars. The very idea of them is sort of counter to the whole “people’s car” genesis of the brand, but, like all forbidden things, VW seems to have been drawn to the idea for decades. Even before the impressive-but-unsold Phaeton, VW was toying with some amazing things. Like EA 128, a big, four-door Porsche 911 in a conservative, tailored suit.
History: the Volkswagen Santana MPV from China - CarNewsChina.com
A very lazy Saturday afternoon in Beijing, I can’t get the beer and smoke from yesterday outta my system, I’d better stay indoors with a cup of tea… Time so for history! Today we have an extremely rare car, this is the Shanghai SH7181 MPV, based on the China-made Volkswagen Santana. The MPV was developed … Continue reading "History: the Volkswagen Santana MPV from China"
Another Weird Air-Cooled VW You've Never Heard Of: Basistransporter
You know that jerk at your local vinatge VW club who made you look like an ass because you couldn't remember what taillights a Fridolin used? That dipshit has it coming. Here's how to get him: ask what the first FWD air-cooled VW was. If he answers at all, it'll probably be "VW Gol." Then laugh at his sorry ass.