- The VW with a death riddle in it
- "Just no experiments"
- Changed displacement, changed name
- "A style to yawn"
The VW with a death riddle in it
A light blue VW 1600, similar to the one shown here, was discovered in a field in Lower Saxony. The so-called VW Type 3 was built from 1961 to 1973. He was an expanse…Development of the VW Beetle and pioneer of the VW Passat.
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In the early years the car had a displacement of 1.5 liters; this cubic capacity eventually became its name: VW 1500. A special feature of this car were its two luggage racks…ume. One at the front, one at the back.
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From the beginning, the type was offered both as a sedan and as a station wagon. VW already called this body shape at that time Variant.
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From 1965 the car was not only available with a larger displacement and therefore with the new name VW 1600, but also as a hatchback.
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When the car was discontinued after twelve years of construction and almost 2.6 copies built, VW drew a surprising conclusion: almost half of the cars sold were station wagons, e…A body shape that was still very unpopular at the time.
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In Brazil, the VW 1600 was built until 1980, but it was a four-door model.
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And the light blue VW 1600 was discovered in this field in Emsland. The police believe that the car was buried there in 1971.
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The missing car was found during excavation work: the hood, steering wheel and instruments peek out of the field.
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And if you take a closer look, you can see the steering wheel of the car in this photo. Whether the police can find traces of a traffic accident that may have been caused with the VW, …cannot be said at the moment.
A buried VW 1600 was discovered in Emsland. He is believed to have been involved in a fatal accident. The car is good for a criminal car. Because of its shape and its trunk.
E.It sounds like a script excerpt from a new crime scene episode. What happened in Emsland, however, is reality: a buried car was found in a field near the Dutch border. According to initial research by the police, the car, a light blue VW 1600, is said to have been involved in an accident in the Netherlands almost 43 years ago in which a pedestrian was killed.
It is currently unclear whether the riddle of the car and its driver can be solved. After more than four decades in the earth, there shouldn’t be too many traces left. The story of this model is also exciting. The car marked the departure from the successful Beetle and the entry of the VW brand into a new vehicle class.
The company made the decision to offer more than just the Beetle in the 1950s, at a time when the endurance runner was selling in ever increasing numbers. Nevertheless, the executive floor in Wolfsburg was thinking about how to keep or even win those customers who no longer wanted to be satisfied with a Beetle.
"Just no experiments"
With the economic miracle, incomes rose and with it the demands of the people. The car developed from a mere means of transport to a status symbol that was also used to impress neighbors; it should be comfortable and also offer more space for more free time.
So the decision was made to continue building the Beetle, but also to offer a larger Volkswagen. However, one that stuck to the tried and tested and still had the engine at the rear, which worked according to the usual boxer principle and which was of course air-cooled.
With these specifications, the VW designers created Type 3 on the drawing boards (Type 1 was the Beetle, Type 2 the VW Bus), a mid-range sedan with a classic stepped rear silhouette that was based on the Adenauer maxim “Just don’t experiment”. The wheelbase kept the Beetle size of 2.40 meters. Two doors were still considered to be the measure of all things. The engine also remained a Beetle machine, albeit a reamed one that developed 1,500 cubic centimeters and 45 hp.
When the car was presented at the IAA in 1961, the visitors were surprised. The second car series next to the Beetle not only offered more performance and comfort, but also two luggage compartments – one at the front with 180 liters and one at the rear with 200 liters. Ideal for Germans who love to travel. Or for stowing prey. As a sedan, the Type 3 cost 6,400 marks – almost 1,100 marks more than the Beetle.
Changed displacement, changed name
However, the competition was fierce and some of the cars were also more advanced. Ford, for example, built the 17M in a bathtub design. Compared to that, the Beetle further development just looked too boring. Many described the Type 3 as the most unpretentious car that the Republic had to offer after the Beetle.
The one and a half liter displacement of the new model was considered a recognized standard in the middle class, which is why the VW 1500 also had the displacement in its name. In addition to the limousine form, the car was also offered as a station wagon.
The developers responded to customers’ requests for more power and in 1965 installed an enlarged 1.6-liter engine with 54 hp. However, the changed displacement also necessitated a change in the name: the VW 1500 became the VW 1600.
In addition to the notchback sedan, the 1600 TL hatchback variant appeared in the same year. And there was almost a fourth body shape: The Karmann company in Osnabruck had also developed the Type 3 as a four-seater convertible in the best Beetle convertible tradition. The brochures had already been printed when a decision was made at the last minute in Wolfsburg against another open model.
"A style to yawn"
During its twelve-year construction period, the car underwent two major changes to the body: in 1963 it received larger taillights and horizontal indicators at the front plus a chrome strip at the front end of the trunk – these measures made it appear a little stricter and more self-confident. The second modification came in 1969 when the designers changed the face of the Type 3 with box bumpers and large turn signals.
After 2.6 million copies were built, production of the VW 1600 ended in July 1973 and made way for the first Passat. The way to the new middle class was paved.
At the time, however, the trade press was not too enthusiastic about the Beetle further development. The "Spiegel" judged that the Type 3 had a "style to yawn", and the rating of the "Stern" was not much better: "He looks as if he has put on an apron to bake pancakes".
But maybe the VW 1600 was just the right car to make it disappear unobtrusively.
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