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Old 11-12-2011, 02:11 PM
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Volkswagen Station Wagons -- Best of 1960s!

Here is the proof! Move over Ford. Move over Chevy and Plymouth. This VW is a beauty! I bet that baby had plenty of power, with all 50 or so horses on tap. Good thing it was a torque monster!

Edit: I'm on a 21" monitor so I can read the text quite easily. For those who can't, download the picture and enlarge it. You'll enjoy the humor. Gotta especially like the remarks that it is "better" because one doesn't have to worry about leaky radiators or bad hoses, as it is air-cooled!
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Old 11-12-2011, 02:21 PM
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It's impressive how things have advanced, now 23mpg is nothing to write home about and engines are infinitely more powerful.
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Old 11-12-2011, 02:23 PM
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Other than VW Station Wagon, is there a more definitive model designation?

I was trying to look up the specs.
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Old 11-12-2011, 02:33 PM
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Probably the Volkswagen Type 3 Variant.
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Old 11-12-2011, 02:34 PM
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From the date of that ad I'd guess the old squareback one.


BUT is it possible it was the US designation for the VW bus ??
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Old 11-12-2011, 02:53 PM
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From the date of that ad I'd guess the old squareback one.


BUT is it possible it was the US designation for the VW bus ??
LOL....I love that ad, Matra! My 1969 Bug put out a rated 53 horsepower (please tell me that was SAE net and not "gross." If it wasn't I could walk faster on foot!)...

A buddy back in high school owned a 1972 VW Vanagon with a stock motor and transmission. In the Torrance/Redondo Beach areas, it is quite hilly and with four or five other people in it, it took some serious RPMs just to get it up a hill. Sad, being it was so "gutless." Then again, he was driving it back in 1990-91, so it may have had a lot of miles. Good memories, nonetheless!
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Ca. heat must have sapped the poor air-cooled engine of power too
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Old 11-12-2011, 03:00 PM
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Other than VW Station Wagon, is there a more definitive model designation?

I was trying to look up the specs.
NSX,

I don't recall an "actual" VW wagon, unless it was a squareback...It's been many years since I've even looked at a car mag or been in the hobby. This thread was started as tongue in cheek, by the way. I love VW bugs, regardless what others may think about 'em. Lots of good jokes too! But like Fleet says, "just pull into a parking lot and people will notice it and gather around, unlike a parking lot full of Acuras and Hondas!
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Old 11-12-2011, 03:13 PM
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Why would one put tail lights in the lay-down "tailgate/rear door"? I believe this ad may be a total spoof in the first place. Notice we know the make (Volkwagen) but not the model? It's simply called a "station wagon," as opposed to something like Karmen Ghia, Beetle, etc. ....It's still good for the laughs!
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I'd say likely usual US "naming" issues .... in Europe it was called the "Variant"
That may have been deemed too confusing ....
Customer:"What variant is it?"
Dealer:"yes"
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I'd say likely usual US "naming" issues .... in Europe it was called the "Variant"
That may have been deemed too confusing ....
Customer:"What variant is it?"
Dealer:"yes"
Thank you for the reply, Matra! I "Googled" VW Variant Station Wagon and the first thing that pops up is this hideous looking thing:

http://www.stationwagon.com/gallery/...S_Variant.html Notice the wrap-around rear tail-lights?....Um, if I were alive back in 1970 and my parents wanted to purchase me a new car, such as this one, I'd opt out for a moped or skateboard instead!

Suffice to say, if we even have to question if VW ever made a "real" station wagon, then it's best not to even remember as few examples are in private collector's garages! LOL
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yeah that's the later more angular version.
IF you were driving back in 1970 then you woudl have appreciated the styling.
Tho' to be fair, the US bumper laws did then make the most beautiful Euuropean cars VERY ugly
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yeah that's the later more angular version.
IF you were driving back in 1970 then you woudl have appreciated the styling.
Tho' to be fair, the US bumper laws did then make the most beautiful Euuropean cars VERY ugly
Aside from Volkswagens, it was evident on Mercedes models. Of the five Mercedes in the family over the years, we always opted for Euro bumpers and headlights when buying 'em used. Those were aesthetic and easy on the eyes!
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Worst imho was the beautifully styled Fiat X1/9 that then had bumpers that looked 25% of the car
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Worst imho was the beautifully styled Fiat X1/9 that then had bumpers that looked 25% of the car
Have a pic to share? I'd appreciate it! ....As for me, I didn't get a driver's license until 1988, so I was a little late to experience all these cars!
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