Since its beginnings in Germany in 1937, Volkswagen (or VW) has continually created some of the most beloved classic cars of our modern age. These days, there are several highlights in their extensive car catalogues, models that are still popular today despite being made decades ago. If you are thinking about purchasing a classic VW automobile, here are four of the most popular options available.
Needing no introduction, the VW Beetle is an icon of the automotive industry in the 60s and 70s when it was most popular. With its rounded roof, circular headlights and compact shape, it is recognisable by even the least avid car fan. Originally produced in 1938, the Second World War briefly paused manufacturing for the VW Beetle. Since then, six models have been created of the original (with newer versions first appearing in 1998 and again several times in the past decade). The original car has the following specs:
These specifications have changed over the years with each model that has come out. Since we don’t have time to list each one here, you will have to ask your classic car dealer for further information.
First manufactured in 1974, the front wheel drive, VW Golf hatchback was meant to be a replacement for the older rear wheel drive VW Beetle. It was marketed as the VW Rabbit in the US and Canada and the VW Caribe in Mexico. This classic car was the blueprint for most hatchbacks after this. Although the design seems ordinary now, when it first came out it was a revolutionary step in automotive production. Available with 3 or 5 doors, the first generation of Golf had the following specs:
Volkswagen survived because of the success of this hatchback. With Beetle sales declining all over the planet, the company had to create a new superstar to replace it. These vehicles are now sought by lovers of fine automobiles around the world. Luckily, you can also find VW classic car insurance for your Volkswagen Golf no matter which generation it is. This will ensure you can keep it fully serviced and replace any new parts if necessary without worrying about the costs.
Another iconic Volkswagen design, the VW Transporter is also known by the names Combi and Microbus. First produced as a typical panel van, this vehicle has been converted to fulfil numerous purposes from ice cream vans to mobile homes. The first generation was manufactured from 1950 to 1967 and remains one of the classic vehicles of that age. Its specs are found below:
During the decades afterwards, the VW Transporter went through several new generations. US imports of Volkswagen Microbuses ceased altogether in 1963 thanks to the implementation of a new tax on ‘light trucks’. Since this vehicle fell into this category, it is impossible to find newer versions of the Transporter within the US. Fortunately, you can still find older models which have survived up to now.
Volkswagen Karmann Ghia
Produced from 1955 to 1974, the VW Karmann Ghia was a sports car that came in both convertible and coupe models. It used the VW Beetle chassis and was aimed at a richer market. This was, in part, due to the expensive nature of its production. The car was very popular in the USA and was even used in the TV show, Get Smart, as the titular character’s ride. Its specs are found below and reflect its sports car status:
It was later superseded by the Porsche 914 and the VW Sirocco (itself based on the VW Golf). This shows it was indeed a solid sports car platform from which the automotive industry could grow and thrive.
These are just four of the many Volkswagen classic cars available these days. Each has its own qualities, look and appeal, making them popular with vintage automobile enthusiasts today.