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1955 OVAL

In life, there are times when you have to make some


important, maybe even life­changing consequences. The
isn’t one of dire consequence, but arguably is no easie
collection you will drive that day! For William Pfersching
time he goes out to the garage, with the option of a stun
Pick­up. No matter which he picks
1964 DOUBLE CAB

very hard decisions – important decisions that have


en there are those instances where the choice you have
er to make; such as which classic Volkswagen in your
g of Las Vegas, that's exactly the dilemma he faces every
nning 1955 Oval Beetle or a first class 1964 Double Cab
s, William is rolling with panache!
G
rowing up, William’s parents owned various Beetles and
Squarebacks, which he always loved. “In the early '80s the
Cal­Look caught my eye and I began building [VWs] in that
style.” In the past he's owned a 1961 ragtop Beetle, a 1972
Super Beetle, a 1954 Oval and a 1962 Beetle. William took a break
from VWs when his first born came onto the scene, a break that would
eventually last 25 years, until he saw an Oval for sale, and the passion
returned to build another.

William purchased the vintage Oval in early 2013 as a Valentine’s Day


gift from his wife, Gina; she let him pick out the car, and she bought

Both vehicles have been completely


rewired and upgraded to 12 volts.

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it for him. Every car enthusiast should be so lucky! Later in 2013 they
added the Double Cab to their garage. Over the course of the year,
both VWs would turn into absolute show­stoppers!

The Beetle was purchased in Glendale, Arizona after William viewed


an online listing on TheSamba.com. The paint was rough and the
body needed a bit of work, but it was a great foundation to build upon
with no major parts missing. It came with a running engine though
not one original to the car. “I chose the car as I had built them in my
high school days, but never had the resources to do one as I wanted.
Plus, I love the Oval window Beetles.”

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Export Beetles for the U.S. market were fitted with flashing
indicators rather than semaphores from 1955 on.

The Oval runs 215/60/15 Pirellis at the rear and 145/15 Nankangs
up front.

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The Beetle’s body work and paint were
completed by Torre at New Look Collision
Center in Las Vegas. The colour is a
beautiful Strato Silver (paint code L 227),
which is the original colour of the car and
one that was offered only on vehicles built
between January 1954 and March 1956.
It sits on a set of replica Porsche Fuchs;
15x4.5 on the front and deep 15x6s at the
rear. The wheels were polished to
perfection by John Hans from California.
With Nankang rubber on the front and
Pirelli’s on the rear, this Oval grips the

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road around every corner. A CB
Performance four­inch narrowed, adjustable
beam with drop spindles gives the Beetle
its tucked look. And disc brakes on all four
corners ensure it is able to stop on a dime.

Inside the Beetle boasts an elegant interior


which was in the car at the time of
purchase. Navy blue leather seats with
silver piping and charcoal coloured carpets
work beautifully with the Strato Silver
exterior and so William saw no need to
alter it.

Seatbelts have been


fitted so that the
whole family can
safely enjoy riding
inside.

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1964 DOUBLE CAB
The 2100cc engine is painted in VW Cumulus White
to match the roof, roof rack and bumpers.

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Cab has dual 40 Webers and a Vintage
Speed Superflow exhaust. William also
fitted a tachometer, oil temperature and
pressure gauges and a gas gauge to the
Beetle to protect his investment. When
asked to compare driving each of these
cars William says “It is not about the speed
for me, but the security to get around
safely with enough power to keep out of
trouble. The difference in driving the two
vehicles is night and day! They are both
great fun in their own right, and both get
lots of looks when they are out.”

With both restorations complete, William


and his family can drive in style. Now
firmly back in the midst of VW culture (he's
also a proud member of The Revolution
702 club), the Pfersching clan enjoys
attending car shows and cruises around
the Southern Nevada area. And if you
come from this part of the U.S. or visit
here, I am certain you will be seeing both
of these first class examples at events all
over the Southwest very soon!

Perhaps the most outstanding part of


William’s return to the VW scene is the
relationships which have flourished as a
result. “My son has returned to classic
VWs along with me; he owns a beautiful
1961 Beetle. My father and I have grown
closer in the hours and days spent
travelling to purchase parts and attend

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1964 DOUBLE CAB
shows. My long time best friend Scott has
also caught the fever and now has a sweet
1958 Ragtop. The three of us met Shannon
Aikau (previously featured in Kombi Life
magazine) through VW events and now
we are like four brothers at heart who
share the same passion for VWs.”

William has many people he would like


to thank for support in his VW hobby: “To
name just a few: my father, also George
Tsagrinos at The Wagen, Todd and Jim
at Trophy Performance, Salvatore at New
Look Collision and Bill Shapely at NV
Automotive. Scott Bain, Shannon Aikau
and my son Bryan, who are my closest
cruising buddies. I could not have done
any of this without my closest partner in
the car world, Larry Buckman. Thanks
Larry!

“Very special thanks to my wife Gina for


her patience, generosity and understanding
in the whole car process, as I know it
drives her crazy at times, yet she still
supports me in it.”

William feels like you never really own a


classic car. You are only taking your turn
babysitting and preserving it until you hand
it over to the next caretaker, who hopefully
loves it as much as you. “I feel like I am
preserving these cars, and a small part

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1964 DOUBLE CAB
years. William asked if it was
for sale and quickly inked the
deal and had it shipped to Las
Vegas.

The Double Cab had been


repainted Dove Blue (its original
colour) thirteen years ago by
the previous owner who had
planned to complete the build
but lost interest. That owner let
it sit outside in the relentless
Texas sun for three years before
he traded it to the shop, where
it then sat for another ten. The
elements had taken a toll on
the roof and the paint had
completely faded away. It also
had no bumpers, engine or
braking system.

William again tapped the folks


at New Look Collision to tackle
just the roof paint, along with
the bumpers and a few accent
pieces, which he chose to have
painted in VW Cumulus White
(paint code L 680). He opted to
leave the existing Dove Blue
on the body, as it still looked in
great shape and plans to let
nature take its course and let it
develop a natural patina over
“I will cruise with time. And just for the fun of it to
go with the pop­outs in the rear
nyone anytime and try cab he fitted safari windows,
front and rear, for that all round
to support all vintage wind­in­you­hair driving
experience! The wooden slats
VW events.” in the Pick­up bed are
replacements of course, ash as
the originals would have been

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1964 DOUBLE CAB

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and oil pressure treated in a similar way
to those fitted at the time of manufacture.
William installed them himself.

Inside, the Double Cab features a Sewfine


interior of tweed with leather backs. William
chose the cream colours as the perfect
accent to the Cumulus White used on the
roof and bumpers. A matching custom
made roof rack by Kahuna Metal Works
was added to complete the look.

Always a classic choice for VW Bus


enthusiasts, William chose BRM wheels
and Yokohama tyres to give the Double
Cab a nice smooth ride. Its front
suspension came from Wagenswest and
is equipped with Airkewld drop spindles
and disc brakes. The rear was lowered
with OldSpeed spring plates and features
VW Type 3 drums.

George Tsagrinos of The Wagen in Las


Vegas hand applied Por15 coating to the
entire underside to protect it from any
detrimental exposure. He also handled
the installation of the suspension and oil
cooling systems on this and the Beetle.

The Oval and Double Cab both boast


2110cc engines with Freeway Flyer
transmissions. The Oval runs dual 44
Weber carburettors and a CSP
performance exhaust, while the Double

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1964 DOUBLE CAB
The 2100cc engine is painted in VW Cumulus White
to match the roof, roof rack and bumpers.

vwmagazines.com – 43
Cab has dual 40 Webers and a Vintage
Speed Superflow exhaust. William also
fitted a tachometer, oil temperature and
pressure gauges and a gas gauge to the
Beetle to protect his investment. When
asked to compare driving each of these
cars William says “It is not about the speed
for me, but the security to get around
safely with enough power to keep out of
trouble. The difference in driving the two
vehicles is night and day! They are both
great fun in their own right, and both get
lots of looks when they are out.”

With both restorations complete, William


and his family can drive in style. Now
firmly back in the midst of VW culture (he's
also a proud member of The Revolution
702 club), the Pfersching clan enjoys
attending car shows and cruises around
the Southern Nevada area. And if you
come from this part of the U.S. or visit
here, I am certain you will be seeing both
of these first class examples at events all
over the Southwest very soon!

Perhaps the most outstanding part of


William’s return to the VW scene is the
relationships which have flourished as a
result. “My son has returned to classic
VWs along with me; he owns a beautiful
1961 Beetle. My father and I have grown
closer in the hours and days spent
travelling to purchase parts and attend

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1964 DOUBLE CAB
shows. My long time best friend Scott has
also caught the fever and now has a sweet
1958 Ragtop. The three of us met Shannon
Aikau (previously featured in Kombi Life
magazine) through VW events and now
we are like four brothers at heart who
share the same passion for VWs.”

William has many people he would like


to thank for support in his VW hobby: “To
name just a few: my father, also George
Tsagrinos at The Wagen, Todd and Jim
at Trophy Performance, Salvatore at New
Look Collision and Bill Shapely at NV
Automotive. Scott Bain, Shannon Aikau
and my son Bryan, who are my closest
cruising buddies. I could not have done
any of this without my closest partner in
the car world, Larry Buckman. Thanks
Larry!

“Very special thanks to my wife Gina for


her patience, generosity and understanding
in the whole car process, as I know it
drives her crazy at times, yet she still
supports me in it.”

William feels like you never really own a


classic car. You are only taking your turn
babysitting and preserving it until you hand
it over to the next caretaker, who hopefully
loves it as much as you. “I feel like I am
preserving these cars, and a small part

vwmagazines.com – 45
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STUFF
"Fasten your seatbelt
for The Road to
Monterey. It’s not just
a film about racing.
It’s a film about
passion. It’s a film
Internet about one man’s
Play Connection vision.
Video Required
The Road to
Monterey traces Ron
Goodman’s dream of
taking his 1954
Porsche to race at the
Rolex Monterey
Motorsports Reunion,
America’s holy grail
of historic racing.

We follow the twists


and turns along the
way. We experience
Ron’s frustration
AN AND HIS 1954 PORSCHE when his beloved
grey Porsche 356
of course! Not as easy as it sounds, but turn coupé is delayed in
up the heat and make sure its the pinnacle of transit to America.
classic car racing events, the Monterey And his
Motorsports Reunion, and there's bound to
be a story to tell. overwhelming relief
when the car is finally
Cinematographer Rob Scheeren, friend of delivered to the
Aircooled Classics and classic Porsche raceway with a mere
Targa owner recorded and edited the unfolding
story. We're really looking forward to seeing 12 hours to spare."
Ron's adventure on screen and invite you to
enjoy a taster right now. theroadtomonterey.com

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CHOPARD MILLE MIGLIA TIMEPIECE


AND PORSCHE CLUB OF AMERICA
CHOPARD CELEBRATED 25 YEARS AS
SPONSOR of the Mille Miglia in 2014, while the
Porsche Club of America celebrates 60 years of
existence in 2015. Both represent incredible
milestones in the history of the world of automobiles.

Porsche Club of America Executive Director Vu


T.H. Nguyen and Georg Bartkowiak, member of
the Porsche Clubs of both America and Germany,
decided to commemorate these milestones by
realising a limited­edition wristwatch with the help
of Chopard. This timepiece is a true collector’s
item due to its desirability and rarity: only 66 indi­
vidual watches were made, 60 in a 42mm stainless
steel case and 6 in 18­karat rose gold.

How collectable? All 66 sold in a matter of weeks.


So look out for them...

How much? The 60 in stainless steel were sold


for $5,990 each. The 6 in 18­karat gold could be
purchased for a cool $21,000 each.

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CASE
Stainless steel or 18­karat rose gold
Diameter 42.00mm
Height 12.31mm
Water resistance 50 metres
Anti­reflective sapphire crystal
Crown and pushers in steel or 18­karat rose gold,
depending on case material
Sapphire crystal case back printed with special
Porsche Club of America logo in full color

MOVEMENT
Automatic Swiss chronograph movement
Diameter 28.60mm
Number of jewels 37
Power reserve approx. 42 hours
Frequency 28,800vph
Chronometer­certified (COSC)

DIAL AND HANDS


Vivid blue dial with white numerals, scales and
markers
White baton hour and minute hands inlaid with
Super­LumiNova
White and red central sweep­seconds chronograph
hand

FUNCTIONS
Hours, minutes, seconds
Hour and minute chronograph counters at 6, 9 o’clock
Running seconds at 3 o’clock
Date window between 4 and 5 o’clock

STRAP AND BUCKLE


Vivid blue rubber strap with Dunlop tire tread pattern
Pin buckle in stainless steel or 18­karat rose gold

LIMITATION AND PRICING


60 pieces in stainless steel: $5,990 each
6 pieces in 18­karat rose gold: $21,000 each

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EX - COLBORNE-BABER SAMBA FOR AUCTION


THROUGH SILVERSTONE AUCTIONS
A TRULY UNIQUE 1955 VOLKSWAGEN TYPE 2 SAMBA MICROBUS
with a fascinating story will go under the hammer in Silverstone Auctions’
Race Retro Sale which takes place at Stoneleigh Park, Warwickshire on
the 21st and 22nd of February.

The vehicle, estimated at between £70,000 and £75,000, is thought to be


the first VW Type 2 Samba Microbus imported into the UK. The right­hand
drive bus, built at the original VW factory in Wolfsburg, was delivered new
into the UK on the 21st November 1955 by John Colborne­Baber, the
founder of the first ever VW dealership in the UK.

Colborne­Baber’s long association with Volkswagen started as a result of


John being approached by former army officer George La­Haye. After the
end of the Second World War, La­Haye, who was stationed in Germany,
purchased three new Volkswagen Beetles, the last of which he returned
to the UK with. Colborne­Baber showed an immediate interest in the Beetle
and made George an offer on a part­exchange for a Wolseley 6/80, which
he accepted. Colborne­Baber was so impressed with the Beetle he’d
acquired, that he then approached Volkswagen in Germany and began
importing Volkswagens into the UK in 1949.

In 1992 ‘SGP 62’ was rediscovered in the West Country after 30 years in
storage, so the story goes. It has been professionally restored over the
last 18 months as much as possible to original body specification but with
quite a few additional safety and convenience features. To the novice it
retains a completely original appearance, but the Type 2 enthusiasts will
soon pick up on the differences.

A new bespoke Devon interior, modelled on the design that was enjoyed
by the Colborne­Baber family, was created by Kevin Morgan and includes
an Osokool fridge and Dudley stove. These rare items were sourced
specially for this Bus and are in mint condition. The vehicle also comes
with a certificate of authenticity from the Stiftung AutoMuseum Volkswagen
as well as a personal letter from the son of Mr Colborne­Baber regarding
the Bus.

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Nice to see close to original ride height, but note the lack of rear
positive camber. Worth further investigation... More photos to peruse
on the following page.

Nick added: “This is a beautiful and rare Samba Microbus, historically


important in terms of its VW legacy in the UK. It’s ready to be appreciated
and enjoyed and I hope the new owner will love it just as much as the
Colborne family did."

Rare it is, but whether you approve or not, and we certainly do, the original
engine has been replaced by a 2.0 built by John Gurney and the braking
system is fitted with CSP disc components. The semaphores still work,
although there are integrated front and rear flashers. There may be other
modifications under the skin – well, actually there are. The ultimate camper
or the ultimate garage studio prop / investment? Looking to join the mile­
high VW club? Changes to originality may reflect on a lower final bid than
the asking price, but these days who knows?

https://www.silverstoneauctions.com/vw­type­2­deluxe­splitscreen­samba

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LARGE REAR CORNER


REPAIR BAY WINDOW
TYPE 2 1971 ONWARDS
JUST IN STOCK WITH PARTS
SPECIALISTS VW HERITAGE are these
new, larger rear corner repair panels for
Type 2 models with the late style rear lights.
Unlike other panels, these incorporate the
entire light housing, allowing for a more
comprehensive repair on sectons that are
so prone to rust and poor previous fixes.

To get your Type 2 in on the act, and be one


of the first to get these new panels which
are available for both sides, speak to VW
Heritage. Price: £98 each.

Phone 01273 444000 or check them out


online at www.vwheritage.com
S & UBER COOL STUFF

SHORT PEOPLE BANNED FROM DRIVING!


WELL IF YOU'RE UNDER 150CM TALL IN RUSSIA THAT IS.
According to recent news reports, the Russian government has
introduced an outrageously discriminatory law that prevents short
people from getting driving licenses, claiming it as a road safety initiative
to curb the number of accidents. The law apparently also applies to a
host of other groups of people including amputees, those who are
colour­blind, homosexuals, transvestites, compulsive gamblers, to list
just a few, who the Russian government considers to have “disorders”
that make them unsuitable to be in control of a motor vehicle. Is it
really 2015?

Read more here: http://www.ibtimes.com/russia­bans­transgender­


people­other­deviants­driving­1778152

VW ENTHUSIAST REPAIRS VANDALS


DAMAGE

Play
Video

Internet
Connection
Required

MINDLESS VANDALS WERE CAUGHT ON CCTV smashing every


window in this 1969 Kombi in Arizona. After seeing the footage posted
on Facebook, Jesus Aguilera, a member of the Arizona Bus Club , felt
compelled to help out the elderly lady owner and started raising funds
to pay for the purchase and installation of new glass. With assistance
also provided by the Tucson Mob Squad thousands of dollars was
raised and new glass fitted to get her back on the road again. Great
job guys!

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LLOYD THE LEGEND


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STUFF KRAFTWERK
BEETLE IN 3D

Image: Volkswagen

MANY OF YOU WILL KNOW of


Kraftwerk, the German electronic
band with a highly distinctive
sound, formed way back in the
'70s that hit the big time in 1974
with their iconic album Autobahn.
The album cover is a classic and
features a painting of a VW Beetle
and a Mercedes travelling on the
autobahn. Recently this album
cover has been brought to life in
a 3D concert staged by Kraftwerk
at the Neue Nationalgalerie in
Berlin. The concert opened with
the title track featuring images of
the VW Beetle from the album
cover travelling along an autobahn
while the Mercedes travels in the
opposite direction. Even the
director of the gallery that hosted
the concert has a soft spot for the
Beetle admitting, “When we were
kids we all wanted to drive a
Volkswagen NOT a Mercedes.”
Check out the video below taken
at the concert. And Kraftwerk fans
can still catch the concert on 26th
February in Copenhagen.

Internet
Play Connection
Video Required

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AUSTRALIA'S SECRET WEAPON – RON GOODMA


PORSCHE ENTHUSIAST RON GOODMAN FROM SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA
is as passionate about Porsches as the best of them. So passionate in
fact that he runs his own Porsche repair workshop and sponsors Porsche
events in Australia. His love of the marque ensures he repairs all years
and all types, from the earliest to the latest. He's also a racing fan and
racing driver, having a background in competitive Stock Car racing (US
style), and it came as no surprise to learn he has a collection of self­built
race cars that compete at a historic level.

Population­wise, Australia's a small place and the majority of major race


outings pitched at the historic car level tend to be overseas in Europe and
the USA. What to do? Ship your team and your track weapon of choice,

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STUFF
"Fasten your seatbelt
for The Road to
Monterey. It’s not just
a film about racing.
It’s a film about
passion. It’s a film
Internet about one man’s
Play Connection vision.
Video Required
The Road to
Monterey traces Ron
Goodman’s dream of
taking his 1954
Porsche to race at the
Rolex Monterey
Motorsports Reunion,
America’s holy grail
of historic racing.

We follow the twists


and turns along the
way. We experience
Ron’s frustration
AN AND HIS 1954 PORSCHE when his beloved
grey Porsche 356
of course! Not as easy as it sounds, but turn coupé is delayed in
up the heat and make sure its the pinnacle of transit to America.
classic car racing events, the Monterey And his
Motorsports Reunion, and there's bound to
be a story to tell. overwhelming relief
when the car is finally
Cinematographer Rob Scheeren, friend of delivered to the
Aircooled Classics and classic Porsche raceway with a mere
Targa owner recorded and edited the unfolding
story. We're really looking forward to seeing 12 hours to spare."
Ron's adventure on screen and invite you to
enjoy a taster right now. theroadtomonterey.com

vwmagazines.com – 79
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CHOPARD MILLE MIGLIA TIMEPIECE


AND PORSCHE CLUB OF AMERICA
CHOPARD CELEBRATED 25 YEARS AS
SPONSOR of the Mille Miglia in 2014, while the
Porsche Club of America celebrates 60 years of
existence in 2015. Both represent incredible
milestones in the history of the world of automobiles.

Porsche Club of America Executive Director Vu


T.H. Nguyen and Georg Bartkowiak, member of
the Porsche Clubs of both America and Germany,
decided to commemorate these milestones by
realising a limited­edition wristwatch with the help
of Chopard. This timepiece is a true collector’s
item due to its desirability and rarity: only 66 indi­
vidual watches were made, 60 in a 42mm stainless
steel case and 6 in 18­karat rose gold.

How collectable? All 66 sold in a matter of weeks.


So look out for them...

How much? The 60 in stainless steel were sold


for $5,990 each. The 6 in 18­karat gold could be
purchased for a cool $21,000 each.

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STUFF

CASE
Stainless steel or 18­karat rose gold
Diameter 42.00mm
Height 12.31mm
Water resistance 50 metres
Anti­reflective sapphire crystal
Crown and pushers in steel or 18­karat rose gold,
depending on case material
Sapphire crystal case back printed with special
Porsche Club of America logo in full color

MOVEMENT
Automatic Swiss chronograph movement
Diameter 28.60mm
Number of jewels 37
Power reserve approx. 42 hours
Frequency 28,800vph
Chronometer­certified (COSC)

DIAL AND HANDS


Vivid blue dial with white numerals, scales and
markers
White baton hour and minute hands inlaid with
Super­LumiNova
White and red central sweep­seconds chronograph
hand

FUNCTIONS
Hours, minutes, seconds
Hour and minute chronograph counters at 6, 9 o’clock
Running seconds at 3 o’clock
Date window between 4 and 5 o’clock

STRAP AND BUCKLE


Vivid blue rubber strap with Dunlop tire tread pattern
Pin buckle in stainless steel or 18­karat rose gold

LIMITATION AND PRICING


60 pieces in stainless steel: $5,990 each
6 pieces in 18­karat rose gold: $21,000 each

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H O W A '5 8 C O N VERTI B LE B U G
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and organiser of the Elite & Just Clean Show in
Las Vegas, is a good friend of Aircooled
Classics, Kombi Life and VolksAmerica and
we're always impressed by the quality of the
show and after show BBQ that he and his team
lay on. For this year's show, to be held at the
Town Square Mall on October 5th, he decided
to challenge local VW workshops to build a
classic aircooled VW for display. To date eight
local workshops will be competing to win two
awards: a People's Choice and a Builder's Choice
award. Telly will be building the Jet Performance
car – a 1958 convertible Beetle.

A highlight of the after show BBQ hosted by


Einfach Deutsch (apart from the mountains of
good food) is the raffle that sponsors, including
us, donate many thousands of dollars worth of
prizes to and for the 2015 event Telly has raised
the bar again by deciding to donate his Las
Vegas Build Off competition car as one of the
prizes! We thought you'd like to follow the
progress of the build through the pages of our
magazines and see what you might just be lucky
enough to win if you attend!! Mark your diaries
and plan your holidays – it's got to be the best
time to visit Las Vegas if you don't already call
it home. And so inspired by the Las Vegas Build
Off concept were a number of out of town
workshops that they too asked if they could be
involved so there will also be an Ultimate VW
Build Off for cars built by workshops outside of
Las Vegas. At the last count 22 had signed up
to enter cars. WOW!

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M E E T TH E M AN WH O ’ S G O I N G
RO M AN TI C SLAC KER, AN D TH E 1 9 71 S

A GOLDEN
WINDOW OF
OPPORTUNITY
(OR HOW TO STEAL A GIRL'S HEART)
WORDS : Susan Anderson.
PHOTOGRAPHY OF FINISHED CAR : Bryan Bacon.

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was one of the few cars in
which we didn't find any
paraphernalia. Most often
these cars were owned by
children of the '60s, which
means they often come
complete with bits and pieces
of ancient herbal matter in
deteriorating plastic bags and
cigarette packs – and
occasionally a device for
usage of said herbal matter.
We did find 12 pens (none
working), 1 partial pack of
cigarettes, 6 packs of dead
matches, 37 cents, a hair clip,
1 earring, a set of Coke bottle
glasses, and 4.5 pounds of
generic car trash. Someone
had loved this car enough to
save it, but not to keep it up.
Overall, Bumble Bee turned
out to be an easy build that
didn’t fight us at all.”

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The shop also created a cleaner bodyline by fixing the rusty


crescent air vent holes, giving it a ’69 and below style by removing
the crescent vents completely. Swapping out the taillights for a
'68's also helped to clean up the lines. Tri­Bar headlights and a
gremlin bell were also added, as with all Airkooled Kustoms
vehicles.

Dub Fever – Highly Contagious


Somewhere not far into the restoration process, Ron decided
he needed a classic VW of his own – preferably one he could
fit his tall frame into without making driving feel like a yoga class.
From the tender age of five, when Ron used to help his dad
hauling hay (he stood to drive and had to jump on the clutch to
shift gears), he’d also had a thing for Volkswagens. An old pro
at the process by the second time around, Ron knew just what
to do. Airkooled Kustoms is now working on a 1961 Double Cab
that may prove to be the most sinister Darkside build to date.
Black on black on black, it will be fast and furious – a far cry
from the friendly little Bee.

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OVER THE COURSE OF BUMBLE BEE’S BUILD,
SOME IMPROVEMENTS HAVE BEEN MADE:
914cc dual port engine
ully balanced
win carb IDF40s
ront disc brakes
opline front suspension package with oversized sway bar
ear is an AKK upgrade featuring stockish, oversized sway
ars
tage III Freeway Flyer transmission
05/65 out back, 185/60 front, Empi 8 Spoke with spinner
aps and the AKK logo

Panning out after all.

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1965 BEETLE
sponsor his dream. Sponsorship!
He needed a full­on program of
sponsorship, and from that seed of
an idea grew the tallest of plans.

“While away for six months, I came


across the VWDRC Facebook page
and thought I'd have a read. I
remember it saying: 'For the price
of carbs, you could start racing'.
From then on I was hooked! Funny
thing is, it costs more than just the
price of carbs to start racing when
buying a nitrous kit for the car.

“I knew I had a good model on which


to build a street/strip Beetle. One
that I could drive on the road and
have fun with on the drag strip too.
This is where the project went a
little mad! I emailed a few companies
to see if they fancied supporting me
on this adventure. I contacted
AccuSpark first to see if they could
help as I'd already done some
testing on their rev limiter in 2011.
Tony, the owner, was more than
happy to help, supplying me with a
full ignition set. He also offered to
build the gearbox for me. At this
time I was over the moon to have
a sponsor!"

Had it stopped there it would still


have been a good start, but to drive
this plan forward Clarke needed to ­ 044 heads with dual valve
ask for some more favours. His ­ Shadek 26mm Oil Pump
powers of persuasion were obviously ­ Dell'Orto 48 DRLA Carbs
good as he'd already secured his ­ Empi deep sump
first sponsor with AccuSpark. That ­ lightened 8­dowelled fly
said, it sure takes some nerve to
get the ball rolling. But clearly ­ Kennedy stage 2 pressu
­ CB Performance 5­1/4" b
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e springs 42 x 37 (wedge ported and polished by Stateside Tuning)
p with CB Performance cover
s, 100mm stacks with cover

ywheel
ure plate with Dalkin super disc
bottom pulley with billet bolt
1965 BEETLE

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­ Remote oil cooler and filter
­ 1­5/8" merged header & box (Speed Shop)
­ AccuSpark 'Black Box' programable ignition
control, performance coil, 8 mm leads, 009
dizzy with electric ignition, rev­limiter
­ Porsche style fan shroud and Porsche 11
blade fan
­ 50hp shot of nitrous!

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1965 BEETLE

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1965 BEETLE

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PREVIOUS AND THIS PHOTO:
Full leather race seats with race number on,
full six point MSA spec roll cage with bolt on
frame horn supports. Nitrous bottle and full
kit. AccuSpark's 15" leather steering wheel
with bullet boss.

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1965 BEETLE
business owners believed in Clarke
as much as he believed in them and
their products and Clarke is keen
to give credit to them for their
contributions, guidance and
workmanship!

He continues, “I also needed a roll


cage and body mods to make it
'strip safe'. I emailed GM Bodycraft.
Proprietor of the business Gary was
so happy to help and having a
military family background himself
wanted to get on board to give
something back to the troops. Gary
offered to make the six point MSA
roll cage, removable rear wings
[fenders] and rear valance and even
offered his services to re­paint the
Beetle so the car looked smart on
the start line."

“That was really it while the long six


months passed, apart from me
buying Autometer gauges and other
performance goodies. I had a plan
on how I wanted the car to look, run
and at that point I thought 'let's make
a team' to race in the VWDRC in
the Sportsman class. So with my ELECTRICS:
military background in mind I came ­ Autometer 'carbon'
up with the name 'CALIBRE.65'. programmable speedo, t
“When I returned [to the UK] it was pressure, fuel and nitrou
game on. Using my well earned ­ Omex rev limiter with
leave it was time to start stripping hand brake).
the Beetle and making it into the ­ Line lock (on the shifte
Cal Look racer of my dreams. With
long, cold nights in my nan's garage, ­ Fully working nitrous sy
I did what I could including engine Luke, inc. bottle heater,
and gearbox removal, fitting new hand brake, 1 on throttle
brake lines and line lock, wiring the and red LED purge valve
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Autometer gauges and more, much
more!

“Back in March 2013, the car made


its way over to GM Bodycraft to start
the 'race prep'. Normal issues were
found when stripping the Beetle,
i.e. RUST.... But Gary offered for
me to help when I could while at
home and learn his skills, and said
not to worry as they were easy body
repairs. So on that note the roll cage
was made and fitted, and body
repairs done which included me
cutting and replacing the complete
front left inner wing. I'm very proud
to have done stuff myself on the
car. After a hard few months, the
Beetle was painted in gloss black
and looked like a mirror when I first
saw it – with a ruby red roll cage
inside. I just couldn't wait to fit her
up again.

“Now by this time it was around May


2013. Bug Jam was coming fast
and I'd wanted to make it my first
outing but it turned out to be
impossible as I was building in a
small garage with limited tools and
series gauges inc. there were delays on parts and more
tachometer, oil temp, oil work than planned. This is where
AccuSpark comes in to the frame
us pressure. again as they were rebuilding my
launch control (on the gearbox with all the normal pro drag
set­ups including race axles. It was
er). time to then look at the engine side
of things as it was quick but I knew
ystem wired by crew chief the engine had more in it.
2 micro switches (1 on
pedal), nitrous controller “I contacted Alan at GAC Motorsport
e. through a good friend of mine who

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1965 BEETLE

WHEEL AND TYRE SPEC.:


­ Four 15 inch 'Wide 5' polished Center
Lines for road use.

­ Two 15 inch Empi 'Wide 5' wheels


fitted with racing slicks for back wheel
drag racing use.

­ Tyres for road measure 135/65/R15


front and 205/65/R15 rear.

­ Racing slicks – Mickey Thomson


DOTs 215/65/R15

I was crewing for, learning the ways of drag racing. Alan's work is next to
none! And I remember him saying to me over the phone 'I will not touch it
unless you up the compression ratio [C/R]' and that we did. The motor
was at 8.5:1 on a FK10 cam which was all wrong, having been set by the
last owner. It was upped to 10:1 – better suited to the cam. And boy did
this make a difference. The 2165cc with AccuSpark's 'black box' pro­
grammable ignition made a strong 170hp on the engine dyno. Have to say

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imposed upon it by the racing class
"It was built in in which it is entered. Now Clarke
has even greater ambitions, and
a garage by me after a weakness was picked up in
the gearbox that spelt disaster at
with little the track, the 'road/race/when­I­
have­the­time' Beetle evolves
knowledge but towards its ultimate goal – to reach
the 13 second bracket.
with great help “It was built in a garage by me with
from the little knowledge but with great help
from the sponsors, without whom
sponsors, this dream wouldn't have happened
until I was much older. With the
without whom great friends in the racing scene,
we 'CALIBRE.65' will be looking
this dream forward to racing a full season in
the VWDRC. As it stands, to date
wouldn't have the car has run a 14.3 PB [personal
best @ 95mph] without gas [nitrous
oxide] and there's more to come.
happened until We are looking forward to getting
PBs with and without the nitrous
I was much and to have fun when I'm not
working!"
older."
And the final shout goes to Clarke
again and all the people he'd like
to thank. "A huge thanks to car
sponsors AccuSpark, GAC
Motorsport, GM Bodycraft, BB
Classics & GAZ Shocks. To Luke
and the rest of the CALIBRE.65
race team crew: Sean, Craig
Lawrence and Nathan. To Robyn
(my wife) and family for their
support, Danny for letting me crew
and mentoring me along the way
and anyone else who's been
involved." AC

vwmagazines.com – 113
1965 BEETLE

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M E E T TH E M AN WH O ’ S G O I N G
RO M AN TI C SLAC KER, AN D TH E 1 9 71 S

A GOLDEN
WINDOW OF
OPPORTUNITY
(OR HOW TO STEAL A GIRL'S HEART)
WORDS : Susan Anderson.
PHOTOGRAPHY OF FINISHED CAR : Bryan Bacon.

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A car for those whose family were growing up.

extravagant of brochures released at the time of the VW 1500's launch,


is an irritating oversize creation that simply refuses to be bundled into the
scanner! Instead then, 95 per cent of the material comes from individual
model brochures and a delightfully quirky full range brochure, which none
but the artistically brain­dead could fail to be delighted in.

Finally, there's just room to include a word from the top, a sentence or two
that could easily have been typed by Nordhoff's secretarial staff and then
meticulously annotated in pencil script from the Director General's own hand.

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We can save it!

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was one of the few cars in
which we didn't find any
paraphernalia. Most often
these cars were owned by
children of the '60s, which
means they often come
complete with bits and pieces
of ancient herbal matter in
deteriorating plastic bags and
cigarette packs – and
occasionally a device for
usage of said herbal matter.
We did find 12 pens (none
working), 1 partial pack of
cigarettes, 6 packs of dead
matches, 37 cents, a hair clip,
1 earring, a set of Coke bottle
glasses, and 4.5 pounds of
generic car trash. Someone
had loved this car enough to
save it, but not to keep it up.
Overall, Bumble Bee turned
out to be an easy build that
didn’t fight us at all.”

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Pan. What pan?

vwmagazines.com – 129
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The shop also created a cleaner bodyline by fixing the rusty


crescent air vent holes, giving it a ’69 and below style by removing
the crescent vents completely. Swapping out the taillights for a
'68's also helped to clean up the lines. Tri­Bar headlights and a
gremlin bell were also added, as with all Airkooled Kustoms
vehicles.

Dub Fever – Highly Contagious


Somewhere not far into the restoration process, Ron decided
he needed a classic VW of his own – preferably one he could
fit his tall frame into without making driving feel like a yoga class.
From the tender age of five, when Ron used to help his dad
hauling hay (he stood to drive and had to jump on the clutch to
shift gears), he’d also had a thing for Volkswagens. An old pro
at the process by the second time around, Ron knew just what
to do. Airkooled Kustoms is now working on a 1961 Double Cab
that may prove to be the most sinister Darkside build to date.
Black on black on black, it will be fast and furious – a far cry
from the friendly little Bee.

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OVER THE COURSE OF BUMBLE BEE’S BUILD,
SOME IMPROVEMENTS HAVE BEEN MADE:
914cc dual port engine
ully balanced
win carb IDF40s
ront disc brakes
opline front suspension package with oversized sway bar
ear is an AKK upgrade featuring stockish, oversized sway
ars
tage III Freeway Flyer transmission
05/65 out back, 185/60 front, Empi 8 Spoke with spinner
aps and the AKK logo

Panning out after all.

vwmagazines.com – 131
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Bring on the Bling!

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vwmagazines.com – 175
BEHOLD
THE BEE
Upon completion of the build,
Airkooled Kustoms hosted a
reveal party at a local
micro‑brewery in Huntsville.
There amid oohs, ahhs, and
some very dark beer, this Darkside beauty stung all in attendance,
infecting a whole new crowd with Dub Fever.

Wherever the Bee goes, it draws smiles and stories. Everyone’s


got a Dub story, whether it involves childhood trips with the family
or crazy college exploits. Bumble Bee is best described as a
happy drive.

Now, as often happens with love stories like this, you must be
wondering what happened with Ron and Tammy. About halfway
through the restoration project, Tammy married Ron. So, as
wooing tactics go, the whole “build her a brand new, very old
Dub” plan was a winner. AC

140 – Aircooled Classics


Colour testing by Spook.

THE AKK KREW WITH THE


PROUD OWNERS OF BUMBLE BEE

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A little of the story of the
birth of the VW 1500, the
Notchback and Variant, if
not the later Fastback,
becomes entangled with the
interminable wrangle
concerning Volkswagen's
heritage and its future after
the death of Heinz Nordhoff.
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ABOVE : Cover of a model
specific brochure describing
the VW 1500 'Notchback'.

LEFT : The cover of VW 1500


Convertible brochure – full
details of the car that didn't
make it into production.

vwmagazines.com – 149
When it is taken into account that the suitability of the VW 1500 for
from the VW 1500's launch in the America. First and foremost, Beetle
autumn of 1961 to the start of the sales continued to overwhelm
'66 model year, Volkswagen had availability. Nordhoff eventually
not offered the car in the USA, sales resolved that issue by building a
totals are all the more remarkable. new four hall, 140,000 square metre,
The reasons behind this apparently factory at Emden specifically to cater
backward strategy were two­fold; for exports and the US market.
neither suggest any doubts about However, when it opened its doors

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Model specific brochure for the
Station Wagon or Variant.

1,346,569 cars. Only those with an


agenda, most notably Lotz and the
anti­Nordhoff faction that prevailed
at Wolfsburg following the 1966/'67
recession and their politically
motivated intervention in
Volkswagen's affairs, could
denounce it as a failure.

But let's return to the beginning.


Nordhoff had held off as long as he
could before contemplating a further
vehicle to join the Beetle and
Transporter (the Karmann Ghia not
being in for the count, as it had been
farmed out to Karmann). His
problem was the former. Anticipating
continued strong growth in sales,
he had hurled the Transporter out
to Hanoverian pastures new. He'd
ploughed millions of deutschmarks
into increasing daily output of the
Beetle. Eventually, in 1958,
confident, but mistaken in his belief
that by 1960 Beetle production
numbers would be resolved, he
pressed the button which allowed
on 8th December 1964, there still the designers to work furiously on
wasn't the capacity elsewhere to a larger car to compliment the
build the 1,000 VW 1500s required Beetle.
to offer the US dealers what in effect
were showroom samples. This was what Volkswagen needed.
Vague mumblings that the Beetle,
Over six years of production, 1962 as a design of well over 20 years
to 1967 inclusive, VW 1500 numbers standing should be replaced, most
stood at a remarkably creditable notably expressed in the magazine

vwmagazines.com – 151
Amazingly, the Beetle was more prominent than the VW 1500
on the front cover of the brochure covering all models in the
range. However, when the brochure was placed with the back
cover in line with the front, the full side profile of the Notchback
was on view.

Der Spiegel, were little more than attempts by journalists to generate extra
circulation. Only years later, in the era of Lotz, did bony fingers delve into
fusty magazines in an attempt to prove that there had always been pressure
placed on Nordhoff to replace the Beetle and that it was his stubbornness
which was the cause of present ills.

Increased disposable income and Beetle owners with growing children


were at the heart of Volkswagen's commitment to provide a larger car. The

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A car for those whose family were growing up.

extravagant of brochures released at the time of the VW 1500's launch,


is an irritating oversize creation that simply refuses to be bundled into the
scanner! Instead then, 95 per cent of the material comes from individual
model brochures and a delightfully quirky full range brochure, which none
but the artistically brain­dead could fail to be delighted in.

Finally, there's just room to include a word from the top, a sentence or two
that could easily have been typed by Nordhoff's secretarial staff and then
meticulously annotated in pencil script from the Director General's own hand.

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NORDHOFF'S VOLKSWAGEN

'Everybody knows the Volkswagen. Now, the new, larger


VW 1500 is being introduced. The Volkswagen factory
has no intention of replacing the renowned and
successful Volkswagen. The VW 1500 is an addition to
the production range, resulting from an ever­increasing
public demand for such a product ...' AC

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The Topless VW 1500


One of its kind this time, the sole surviving soft­top
VW 1500 and in the metal, it's quite a tasty car too.
Story & Photography by Richard Copping

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mongst brochure collectors, just as there is a burning ambition
to find a rare item at a knockdown price, there is also a desire to
track down the quirkily obscure. Although far from impossible to
corner and capture, the VW 1500 Convertible brochure fits neatly
into this category, while a Type 3 family brochure of the same vintage,
which includes a suitably appealing ditsy way of presenting the topless
car is, quite honesty, freely available and as cheap as they come.

Although both brochures feature a white VW 1500 Convertible, the back


cover of the dedicated piece of print depicts a red car with its hood up,
which has been given the role of illustrating the vast quantities of luggage
space available with the new model.

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as that of the soft­top Beetle. A glance to the rear confirms use of real
glass, just like the Beetle and not the scratch­prone plastics favoured by
most other manufacturers at the time. Of course, the reassuring Karmann
badge, tucked in neatly fore of the door and behind the front wheel arch,
helps tell the story of craftsmanship and quality.

If the VW 1500 was intended as a step­up from the Beetle for those with
either a growing family or simply more disposable income to fritter away
on a larger car, surely the latter at least would hold good for the topless

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version. Access to a home market pricelist, which


anticipates VW 1500 Convertible sales, suggests a
price of DM 8200 versus DM 6400 for the Notchback.
This compares with DM 5990 for the Beetle Cabriolet
and DM 4700 for the tin­top De Luxe Beetle. Shaky
maths therefore suggests a DM 1800 and DM 1290
variation between VW 1500 and Beetle tin­tops and
soft­tops respectively. Somewhere along the line, it
seems inconceivable that the extra DM 510 would
eventually cause Volkswagen to abandon its soft­
top VW 1500. Torsional rigidity was eventually blurted
out as the reason, but Karmann were eminently
capable of slicing the top off anything.

Another of life's little mysteries and sadly, the keys


weren't in the ignition and there was no direct exit
to daylight to see just how good, bad or indifferently,
the car performed. AC

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AND THE
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1942 KUBELWAGEN
Well here we are – it's 2015. And this year marks
the 70th anniversary of the end of the Second
World War, so it seems appropriate that it should
be in our very first issue of the year that we feature
two examples of a vehicle from that period of our
history that carry the Volkswagen name. The VW
Kübelwagen.

Did you know that the word Kübelwagen (the literal translation
of which is bucket car) is actually an abbreviated form of the
word Kübelsitzwagen, meaning bucket­seat car. So rather
than getting its name from its tub­like body as many assume,
the vehicle in fact derived its name from the front driver and
passenger seats. “But the Kübelwagen never came with
hip­hugging bucket seats,” I hear you cry – so what's that
all about? Well it's an interesting piece of history that when
first commissioned by the German military prior to the start
of World War II, like other German light military vehicles, the
first test vehicles made by VW had no doors and so bucket
seats were fitted at the front to help prevent occupants from
falling out of the vehicle. Manufacturers like Mercedes and
Opel also produced Kübelwagens for the military.

But back to VW. The directive delivered to Ferdinand Porsche


by the Wehrmacht in January of 1938 was to develop a low­
cost, light military vehicle that was capable of operating on­
and off­road, in extreme conditions if necessary, with a laden
weight of no more than 950kg (and that included four
uniformed and battle­ready troops). This meant that the
vehicle itself could weigh no more than about 550kg.

Porsche's solution was to adapt the People's Car design,


on which he had already been working for several years,
retaining what we immediately recognise as the Beetle's
basic engineering set up of a welded backbone chassis,
rear­mounted engine and torsion bar suspension system,
but presenting it with new bodywork suited to its intended
military use. The body design he sub­contracted to Trutz,
an experienced military coachbuilder who specified an open
vehicle with ribbed body panels, a sloping platform at the
front to replace the curved bonnet, on top of which the spare

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1944 KUBELWAGEN

wheel was carried, a fold­down windscreen


and a light­weight, foldable but durable
canvas covering to protect the occupants
from the elements. The chassis and
mechanicals were built by Volkwagen at
Stadt des KdF­Wagens (renamed
Wolfsburg post 1945) with the body built
by Ambi Budd, a US­owned company
located in Berlin. The engine capacity was
985cc. This first version of the Kübelwagen
was designated the VW Type 62.

During 1939 pre­production models got


their field testing during Germany's invasion
of Poland and based on feedback from
military commanders a number of important
changes were made. These changes
included a reduction of the minimum speed
from 8km/h to 4km/h to better match the
pace of marching soldiers and an
improvement in its off­road performance.
Porsche modified the suspension design
to accommodate new axles with gear­
reduction hubs that gave more torque and
better ground clearance. Revised dampers, The divisional insignia on
16­inch wheels and a limited slip differential on the front left fender) in
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1942 KUBELWAGEN

the rear of the grey car to the right of the number plate (and also present
ndicates this vehicle belonged to the 3rd Panzer division and the tactical
hows it was classified as a motorised reconnaissance unit.

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this time. In order to reflect these
significant improvements to the vehicle
it was renamed the Type 82 and full­
scale production commenced in
February 1940.

Kübelwagens were first deployed to


Reconnaissance battalions and were
deemed so reliable and successful in
fulfilling their remits that their use was
extended to every unit from Africa to
Russia. Features that were
instrumental to the performance
success of the Kübelwagen included:

• their light weight (particularly


compared to a Willy's Jeep) and
carrying capacity (41cm longer than
a Jeep)
• the flat, smooth underbody that
permitted the vehicle to slide over a
range of soft terrains from mud to
sand and protected the mechanical
components from damage and the
vehicle from becoming bogged
• a ground clearance of 28cm that
helped traverse rocky, uneven terrain
• the aircooled engine that
performed reliably in both hot and
cold climates – the lack of a radiator
also meant it was less vulnerable to
damage from bullets
• the limited slip differential that
improved traction
• the economical fuel consumption
achieving 30mpg on the road at 40mph
and the high teens when operating in
the field
• the easy modification of the body
for special purposes as it was not a
load­bearing part of the structure.

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In 1943 further advancements were introduced. The 985cc engine
was replaced with the one developed for the Schwimmwagen, taking
it to 1130cc. This unit developed 25hp and 55lb.ft of torque, not great
improvements you might think but significant at the time.

Apart from the factual and technical details about the Kübelwagen it
is also interesting to read what information and impressions British
and US reports contained after captured vehicles were examined. In
a technical report entitled German Light Aid Detachment Vehicle Type
V.W.82 issued in 1943 by the British Engineering Dept. of Humber
Ltd., following the capture of a 1941­built Kübel equipped with a gas
welding plant for repairs to military vehicles, in addition to describing
the whole car in incredible detail, the following quotation can be found:

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1942 KUBELWAGEN
“A study of the engine indicated that the
unit was in certain details most inefficient.
The design of the inlet manifold makes it
clear that the designer did not intend the
unit to produce power proportionate to its
capacity, and from a study of both the
design and the condition of the crank
bearings it is very doubtful whether it was
even capable of giving reliable service had
it produced a performance commensurate
with its size. Looking at the general
picture, we do not consider that the design
represents any special brilliance, apart
from certain of the detail points, and it is
suggested that it is not to be regarded as
an example of first­class modern design to
be copied by British industry.”

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In the US War Department Technical
Manual TM­E 30­451 from March
1945 the concluding remarks made
about the Type 82 were even more
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At the end of the war the final
number of Kübelwagens produced
by Volkswagen is recorded as being
50,435. Of these it is estimated that
less than 1000 remain and the two
featured here both reside in Nevada,
USA. The third vehicle you'll see in
some of the photos also belongs to
the owner of the grey Kübel and is
a NSU Kettenkrad HK101 e a
tracked motorcycle (aircooled of
course!) unique to the German army
and designed to pull small supply
trailers and anti­tank guns.

The grey car was built in 1942 and


is owned by Ron Raschdorf. He has
a long history with German militaria,
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11 when he bought his first German helmet. He has owned this
Kübelwagen for over 40 years, having sourced it in 1972 from Hamburg
Germany. When purchased it was in fair condition but was painted not
in the original colour of Panzer Grey (Dunkelgrau) that you see here,
but in the beige/tan paint colour used on post­1943 vehicles and had
modern turn signals, a post­war 36hp engine fitted and different wheels.
Wanting to preserve and restore the original history of this vehicle as
much as possible, Ron has followed a path that combines “repair
where possible and replace if necessary with correct German military
components” as required. He has removed the modern turn signals
and refitted semaphores to both sides. He has also put it back on 16­
inch wheels as would have originally been fitted, and added period­
correct Notek black­out lights front and rear. As you can imagine,
sourcing a 985cc engine from 1942 would be no mean task and so
Ron has retained the larger engine but has removed the external sheet

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Keeping the Kübel 'on the road' has meant that Ron's been able to participate
in many parades and functions from Oakland to Napa and to San Francisco
too. The San Francisco event included a parade across the Golden Gate
Bridge producing very special memories that will last forever. And if you
feel like you've seen this Kübel before you may not be imagining it because
it has been used in a number of movies and TV productions, including
War and Remembrance with that great American actor, Robert Mitchum.
What an incredibly varied history this vehicle has had.

The beige/tan Type 82 belongs to Steve Viola and is a


completely restored 1944 example that left the production
line on May 5th and was delivered to Brëslau, a former

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German city that became a part of Poland at the end of World War II. It's
not Steve's first Kübelwagen, he had several incomplete cars back in the
'80s that he sold on and the first completely restored one he built during
the early '90s. He was inspired to get this latest one after he moved to
Nevada and got to know Ron through the South Nevada Military Vehicle
Association. Steve is in fact a bit of a VW enthusiast
too as well as a World War II history buff having also
owned a couple of Ovals and a Sixties
Beetle in the past.

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supplied the new canvas top and seat cushions. Well­known restorer Dave Cromp
supplied various original and reproductions parts and general VW mechanical p
from Wolfsburg West. And, because Steve is also a member of the South Nevad
Association along with Ron Raschdorf, the two have know each other for many
would like to acknowledge Ron's assistance with the restoration too.

And it is thanks to dedicated enthusiasts like Ron and Steve that these rare hist
still in existence for us to see and learn about today. They were born out of con
ago and share the same automotive genes as the car we VW enthusiasts and th
world over have embraced as the cute, friendly­looking underdog of a car – the
Beetle. And the contrast in association couldn't be greater. These Kübelwagens
motion. They are also world history in motion. Lest we forget. AC

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compressor housing with titanium
coated turbine housing. The exhaust
is ceramic coated with billet
wastegate plumbed in, and there's
ceramic coated intake pipework with
a 52mm BOV (blow off valve) up
stream too.

Needless to say all the reciprocating


parts like the crank, rods, flywheel,
pulley, fan, pistons and pressure
plate have all been dynamically
balanced. Braided oil and fuel lines,
remote oil filter and cooler with
thermostat controlled fan ensure
long life and reliability under extreme
driving situations.

To prevent any nasty surprises


Adrian's dropped the suspension
by way of a tweak of the rear torsion ground, sanded then polished to
splines and the application of Avis mirror finish. Some other stainless
adjusters working in accordance parts include the bumper bars, body
with CB's finest 2.5­inch dropped trims, running board trims, stone
spindles. A firm and yet compliant guards, quarter window frames, roof
road holding manner. Brakes racks, door pillar and footwell scuff
comprise 280mm discs with two­ plates. There's towel rail bumpers
piece T6 aluminium hubs and SS (as per 1957 US spec), and the
braided lines back and front. The swan mirrors add to that lovely
wheels are stock VW wide­5s on period look,” says Adrian. And let's
the front and widened 15­inch wide­ not forget the VW logo mud­flaps
5 steels out back. Rounding things with big logo hubcaps.
off and continuing the classic and
unspoilt theme are a set of BF Simply astonishing. We get to see
Goodridge whitewall radials. all sorts of classics in Aircooled
Classics, and the variation and
“I dressed the Beetle with some details are simply mind blowing.
classy bling to compliment the Adrian's Oval, without a shadow of
glossy black duco (L41 Arnhem a doubt, is a once in a lifetime car
Black). Stainless steel has been build that beautifully blends the
used extensively throughout the original with the current technology
car. Almost every bolt has been around us today. It really is the stuff
replaced by stainless and most of dreams. AC

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Designer
1957 BEETLE

Adrian thanks his friends and


family for their patience in
the build of this beautiful
Aircooled Classic

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Photos & Video: WRC Polo ­ Volkswagen.
FIA WORLD RALLY
CHAMPIONSHIP (WR
22/01–25/01/2015 Monte Carlo
12/02–15/02/2015 Sweden
05/03–08/03/2015 Mexico
23/04–26/04/2015 Argentina
21/05–24/05/2015 Portugal
11/06–14/06/2015 Italy
02/07–05/07/2015 Poland
30/07–02/08/2015 Finland
20/08–23/08/2015 Germany
WRC POLO DEBUT 10/09–13/09/2015
01/10–04/10/2015
Australia
France
SEASON'S PRELUDE 22/10–25/10/2015
12/11–15/11/2015
Spain
Great Britain

V
olkswagen presented the
second generation of the
Polo R WRC in Autostadt,
Wolfsburg. The works team
from Wolfsburg has its sights set
firmly on another successful defence
of its titles in the FIA World Rally
Championship with a new car and
a new look. Volkswagen completed
a clean sweep of all the World
Championship titles when the Polo
R WRC made its debut in 2013,
before repeating this impressive
feat last season. Continuity is the
key to the driving line­up for 2015:
double world champions Sébastien
Ogier/Julien Ingrassia
(France/France) and team­mates
Jari­Matti Latvala/Miikka Anttila
(Finland/Finland) and Andreas
Mikkelsen/Ola Fløene
(Norway/Norway) rolled down the
starting ramp and headed onto the
first special stage of the year for
Volkswagen at the legendary Rally
Monte Carlo, which opened on 22
January.

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To mark the 50th anniversary of the 911 Targa, Porsche is offering this very popul
model in the more powerful and dynamic GTS version for the first time. The tar
concept of the 911 Targa 4 GTS delivers very safe driving enjoyment with all­wheel d
and a rollover protection bar; it also delivers open­air fun with a targa top that st
fully automatically. Contributing to a boost in dynamic performance is the GTS en
together with the standard Sport Chrono package, PASM chassis, 20­inch wheels
sport exhaust system.

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at first glance as a GTS model with
all­wheel drive, because e In profile view characteristic GTS attributes
compared to the two­wheel drive 911 Turbo S wheels with central locks, the sp
911 Carrera models e the rear signatures on the doors. The 'targa' logo on
wheel arches are flared an also painted in silky gloss black. Black acce
additional 22mm, and the rear on the air inlet screen, the model logo and
tyres are 10mm wider. The front
view is defined by the sport
design of the car's front end
with an opening for the
auxiliary middle radiator and
the smoked bi­xenon
headlights that feature the
Porsche Dynamic Light
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GTS DNA also defines the interior of
the 911 Targa 4 GTS. Integrated at
s are the silky gloss black 20­inch the center of the instrument panel is
port design door mirrors and 'GTS' the stopwatch of the Sport Chrono
the silver rollover protection bar is package. In the front, the four­way
ents at the rear are the glossy trim adjustable Sport Plus seats – with
the chrome tailpipes. their black GTS logo on the head
rests – provide additional lateral
support and long­distance cruising
comfort for driver and passenger.
The dominant interior material is
black Alcantara, which is just half
the weight of leather.

The targa has been an


established member of the 911
line‑up since its debut in 1965. Around
one out of eight 911s previously sold was
a targa. The market share of the latest
generation of this exquisitely styled 911 with its
characteristic rollover protection bar is 13 percent
– and it is growing.

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NE... AIRCOOLED
CLASSICS
VW&PORSCHE

BAJA
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IN THE MIX
I N T H E P I PE L I N E

KOMBILIFE
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The CLASSICS AIRCOOLED
Last Word with Paul Cave

VW&PORSCHE
I
f you're too young to care about mortgages, and perhaps too well­heeled
to care about superannuation, well, this issue's 'Last Word' is probably
not for you. That said, none of us are getting any younger and the world's
becoming an expensive place to live, so perhaps...

I recently celebrated a birthday. A milestone, you might say. Forever young


in my own mind, this dawn of a new age actually brings me to the threshold
of a 'grey area' (just a teeny, weeny bit), of cheaper insurance and the like.
No longer young, but hardly old. There is now, however, the urge to take
early retirement to re­live those youthful carefree days, but alas I feel I'm
no closer to it now than I was some twenty years ago when the notion first
occurred to me.

When you reach that time in your life when you begin thinking about the
future in terms of its affordability, you may be tempted to start crunching
numbers. I'm still a double decade and a bit from retirement, but deep down
I know that won't happen because I'm a workaholic, have a number of 'things'
on the go (many of which are so small you'd care even less if I told you
about them), and plan never to retire. I'll just to ease off the gas pedal a bit.

With enough years behind me accruing interest on my debts and enough


years ahead looking to turn that debt into a profit, investment in precious
metal is part of my retirement fund plan. Of course, by precious metal I mean
old Volkswagens and Porsches. Hang on, let me explain that better. I've got
a few old rusty VWs and I own a project 356. I'm not a car shark, I've bought
them out of love for their engineering and aesthetic qualities, but I also like
to think I could buy something today, repair it, enjoy driving it for say ten
years and sell it at a profit when the time is right. Problem is deep down I'm
a keeper. But have you seen the prices of old VW Buses and old to mid­
term Porsches lately? It makes you think! Once upon a time they were so
much more affordable. Doh! Who missed the boat, again?

The downside of classic car ownership (with profit in mind) is many of these
investments are now beyond the average Joe's expenditure Phoaccount.
to: MarcI've
Little
owned four Split Screen Buses (three in my twenties) and now can't work
out how I might afford that number ever again. I even had two at the same
time – as I bet many of you a similar age to me or older did! They weren't
Sambas, just plain old Campers with no pop­tops, but back then those basic
window vans were easily affordable. Today they're worth snapping up because

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they're fetching good money, and seeing as they don't make them anymore
and they're already cherished, they'll only go up in value. Porsches too. 356s
are a good bet, but who are we kidding here? Prices of aircooled 911s have
risen dramatically over 2014 when we're supposedly all feeling the economic
squeeze. Clearly not everyone is feeling it, and if you have a steady, guaranteed
income it's never been a better time to invest in precious metal with interest
rates as low as they are. Or has it?

There are some old VWs and Porsches you shouldn't ever buy from an
investment viewpoint. It's not my business to tell you which ones to avoid –
there are plenty of forums out there to enlighten you (er... anything 911
watercooled, and try to avoid VW411s, 412s... as high ranking investments
rather than wacky play things). What should you buy? Again, not my business
to advise but generally speaking it depends on whether you have the intention
of driving it or storing it. If you can afford to store it in deep space you have
no need to listen to me as you already have your life sorted, but for rising
stars looking to make a good start in life, think about what you'll be driving,
how likely it is to get pinched/damaged from under your nose and if you'd
be willing to insure it for an agreed value (which you must) and meet those
annual payments and garaging costs without fail, and pay continually for its
preservation and upkeep.

Maybe investing in classic cars just isn't for you. I know for me I sit on the
fence. Yes, I have an old VW Bus and a 356, both garaged and on axle
stands, but only because I like them and plan on getting them on the road
one day to drive, while putting a huge grin on my face. A number of years
ago, when I bought them, it wasn't for investment, well not financial anyway,
but as the cost of living spirals upwards I find I'm now looking at these cars
in that way too. Am I mad?

If investing for future financial gain isn't within your reach just yet, perhaps
consider making 2015 your year of preservation. You've already bought the
car or Camper to use and enjoy. These old aircoolers were born only the
once, and while the current trend is to let them oxidise in the name of faux­
patina (patina is something that really only describes the effects of a lifetime
of natural (ab)use, not a week in the salt and snow), fashions will inevitably
change over time and unfortunately the damage to your hip pocket and
classic investment may have already begun. If it's real patina, for all the tea
in China preserve it now, just as it is! This stuff is priceless! If it's faux­patina,
think about the harm you may be doing letting something degrade in this
way. Geez, you may not agree with me, but I think it's very sad when things
like old Beetles and Campers are left to rot in the name of Cool. I'm sounding
my age aren't I? And who formulates and promotes this kinda stuff anyway?
Oh yeh, we VW magazines do. Er... Whoops. ;­)

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painful laugh. The
expectations were high, but
the driving impressions were
lower than low, although the
car's frugal nature at the
pump helped recoup some of
that lost coinage with an
astounding 40 miles to the
Euro­gallon, even if it did
mean travelling at speeds
possibly no greater than
60mph!

With a ludicrous drop in


horsepower (about 30 ponies
galloped away overnight) it
was interesting to note the
torque curve had become
very flat between just above
idle and max revs, which on
this 2.0 was somewhere now
close to 3500rpm instead of
the previous 5500rpm. Torque
didn't exactly grow, it just got
squashed and made the car
more flexible throughout it's
No Pain, No Gain, diesel­like rev range, but with
So Says the Masochist... less of it to go around, the
startling acceleration I
believed would happen never

L
ast time we spoke I was getting materialised.
very excited about describing to
you the Bosch K­Jetronic injection It could and it would climb
system used on VWs and anything hilly, but in a boring
Porsches, and my personal experiences sort of way. Steam engine‑like
with it fitted to my '72 Squareback I was in the three lower gears. The
once proud to call my own. This 2030cc truth was the inlet manifold
baby monster (92mm x 76.4mm) adopted for the project had
performed really well with a pair of come from a 1.6 litre Type 3
carburettors (Weber 40IDF) with about injection motor. It strangled
115­120hp on tap, but the expected the engine. The injectors were
improvement that the injection was also a bit 'off', as in
supposed to deliver was laughable, simply secondhand, but I figured the
because it simply didn't work. A sort of speed of the airflow through

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P O W E R H AU S

the inlet tracts would assist in all the Rabbit) has a much higher
areas and a drop to say 5000rpm compression ratio than the Mk 2
would be acceptable. I suppose you 1.8 Bus AP engine, and the cam
could say it worked in accordance profile fitted to the Golf and the CB
with the restrictions imposed upon cam I'm intending to have a go with
it, and since a mate was running a are not all that different in spec. Not
similar system on his 2.4 turbo­ wanting to touch the compression
charged Beetle and eating up 12 (just yet) the idea is to leave this at
second quarters at the time, the stock and record the results.
proof was in the pudding. It could Compression bleed­off at lower revs
work if the parts bin hadn't have will be an issue, although the
been so limiting and I hadn't been advance in the cam will let more
in such a rush to give it a go. fuel in early. It's not ideal, but it is a
test bed. Worst case scenario is rip
So this time around I'll be matching it out and start again. I'm game.
a 1.8 Golf's K­Jet system with a 1.8 Bear in mind the objective of this
Type 4 VW Bus engine and utilising magazine project is to spend little
2.0 van injection manifolding as but to gain the most from every cent
demonstrated so lovingly with the spent. Just a reminder then that the
mock­up images despatched in Golf's injection system cost me only
issue 13. The Euro spec. Mk 2 1.8 $100 for pretty much everything bar
Golf GTi engine (some know it as the exact fitting fuel lines, and a fuel

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Discs were cleaned, bearings and seals inside changed, run­out
checked and temporarily bolted into place on the car. Happiness.

and air filter. A bargain, the cost of imminent replacement is overdue,


which I hope to recoup in savings I fitted the stub axles from the late
at the low octane fuel pump. Type 3 suspension I purchased
more than a few months ago now.
What have I been working on this Savvy readers will know the later
time around? Well, with Christmas Type 3 front stub axles are designed
in the way and the holiday season to accommodate disc brake callipers.
and family visits all around it's been The apparently good secondhand
more difficult than usual to find the German discs were cleaned, fitted
time to get dirty. Lost time means with new bearings from my off­the­
the magazine office has been my shelf, bottom­of­the­box 'that was
home more than the garage, and lucky' spare parts stash with
accomplishments appear small. mandatory new seals, and spun to
However, that's not the entire story. detect any runout. I couldn't detec
any, so these I consider just fine. A
The front drums with their wide­5 road test will show up any issues,
stud pattern are no more. Cracking of course, but I'm forever hopeful.
the ball­joints and noting there

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PROJECT TYPE 3 FASTBACK

Back of late model Type 3 stub axle shows where brake calliper bolts.
Disc shows mild wear, surface rust and neglible visible run­out.

The ball­joint stash was lacking and the flat front tyres for some better
I could only find one, so the other radials on the new four stud bolt
three will have to wait. The callipers pattern just means visual progress
appear OK from the outside, and to me, an accomplishment at the
since they came off a working car end of a solid day's graft.
I'm also hoping these will be up to
scratch. However, I'll probably The steering box (best one I could
rebuild them if an inspection casts find and needless to say second
a worrying shadow. I've neglected hand – I've not had good experi­
to fit the callipers as it seems a daft ences with so­called 'new' or 're­con'
thing to do given the assembly steering boxes – maybe it's just me)
needs breaking down later when replaced the original on account of
those ball­joints re­surface. Why do the adjusting screw being a little
all this trial fitting? Well, having the lower on the old box. Both appear
front suspension arms in front of to be good steering boxes, but which
me without anything attached means would you choose? The one with
they could be tested for bearing and more play adjustment? The tie rods
end play, and the replacement of (steering rods) were left off and the

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A trial fit of the Type 4 block,
cylinders and heads in order to
begin work on the rear engine
support bar. A Type 3 engine has
enclosing tinware like any other
aircooled engine, but there is no
sealing to the body because the
cooling air to the engine is drawn
from a cavity at the rear from
inside the bodywork. The
standard Type 3 air­cleaner also
benefits from a similar air
passage. Hence, when fitting the
Type 4 engine using the standard
Type 4 cooling shroud it's good
to retain a similar set­up to feed
both the engine and the
airfilter(s). Good, but not
absolutely vital if certain
conditions are met like avoiding
warmed­up air for cooling and
developing a positive pressure
feed to the fan. For years I ran a
Split Screen Type 2 with the
conventional Type 4 pancake
engine cooling tinware without
any over­heating problems and
I'm certainly not alone. Porsche­
style fan housing and fan would
look fantastic if a route to deliver
air could be achieved and a
firewall be built between the cabin
space and the rising engine
compartment. Despite carefree
rumours on the web, fitting a
Porsche­style fan housing and
Porsche fan will not cause your
engine to overheat. It all comes
down to the method and the style
of shroud / fan, as proven
countless times since by normally
aspirated and turbo­charged Type
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new shock absorbers (yes, brand suspension into the early body it
new from the USA) remain tucked will be a necessity on account of
out of harm's way. losing the frame­horns and any hope
of keeping the engine up off the
On account of a recent shoulder ground.
injury which happened just before
Christmas I've been unable to work The Type 4 engine to rear support
much faster than a snail. bar mounts weren't so much
perished on the 1.8 van engine as
Even compiling this magazine's they were missing. Fortunately VW
been a sore point, physiologically Heritage came to the rescue with a
speaking. One month's rest was pair that are manufactured in
suggested, but thankfully I'm too Germany, no less. Anyone would
irresponsible to listen to those in believe I have a phobia against
the know and just eased up on some anything not made in Germany
of the jobs I'd intended to complete becoming part of this car, but that
by this time. Other classic car is not so. However, given the choice
rebuilds taking place in the between the 'unknown origin' and
background can seem a little slow 'known and respected origin' one
at times. Just for the record, I also should always opt for the latter, yes?
managed to pull the engine from
my wife's Beetle, give it a re­vamp So a trial fit of the engine – case,
and include some goodies like ratio cylinders, heads and heat
rockers and alternator, plus drag exchangers – took place one hot
out the worn 1200 gearbox and day in the garage. The case was
install the Fastback's even older (!) bolted to a used Karmann Ghia IRS
but less worn­out swing­axle box, transmission I'd paid about $30 for,
but re­use the short tubes, axles this being aptly suited to bolting to
and brakes, plus install reversing the Fastback's frame­horns. With
light switch nose cone and the best no axle tubes to get in the way and
gear selectors I could find, all in a cause grief the task at hand was
few days means that it's no wonder easier, although it's not easy to
I damaged my shoulder! I should manipulate hefty stuff from above
have got my wife to photograph it and below with a damaged right
all, but the auto­focus wouldn't have shoulder, and progress was
been able to keep up! LOL. inevitably slow. The things I do for
this magazine... LOL.
One of those jobs on the Type 3 to­
do list is the fabrication of the rear The VW Heritage engine mounts
engine hanger bar mounts to the (pictured here) looked nice being
body. This being a 1966 swing­axle one of the few new items thus far
Type 3 it didn't come with a rear fitted, but alas I wasn't able to
engine support bar, but by the time progress much further given the
I transition the late double­jointed impending issue deadline.

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Nevertheless it's the painstaking trial fitment that always takes time so
you'll have to grin and bear with me as all these ideas and ambitions play
out over time. I'm certainly not rushing this one! AC

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If it had have been it would surely


look nothing like it does today. The
same could be said of Paris and
many other capitals of the world that have
stood the test of time and are admired for
their architectural brilliance. They are beautiful
cities, laid out in the fashions of the day and
added to with great care and attention to
detail. Nothing should spoil the splendour.
As a thing of beauty, it's been possible, so
it would seem, to add more modern elements
without corrupting the overall cityscape. And
yet it can be all too easy, despite loud
protests, to do just that in the blink of a
bulldozer.

To preserve a city and yet move with the


times takes a concerted effort on the part of
its leaders and its people. The People's Car,
as we see it now with its period charm,
creates a feeling of Fifties optimism, Sixties
allure and carefree fun, and Seventies cool,
much like the mainstream film and musical
characters of the day. And yet, to bring such
cars up to date without the merest hint of
indecent intervention is probably the most
difficult task builders and car enthusiasts
ever set themselves. A fabulous city can be
enhanced with care, and an automobile that
seamlessly blends the old with the new
requires ingenious thought, preparation and
craftsmanship.

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“I actually enjoyed worki
that I figured I might as
work as I could that t
I found it very rewarding

Designer
1957 BEETLE
kiing on the car so much
s well try to do as much
time and skill allowed.
g and I could do things
exactly how I wanted.”

Furthermore, to personally
devote your time, energy and
resources towards a single
project with the sole ambition
of building the car of your
dreams, to the highest level
attainable, one has to have
creativity, skill and a single­
mindedness of purpose.

Sit back and enjoy the the


designer's touch Adrian Csikos
and his 1957 VW Beetle.

“I had always liked Beetles as


a kid,” says Adrian, “but after
reading some performance VW
magazines I was really hooked
on them!

r's Touch
"The fact that a little innocent VW could put a V8 muscle
car to shame put a big grin on my face, so I decided that I
wanted a Beetle as my first car and then eventually 'do it
up'. It ended up being a red '66 Beetle. Then 2 years later
I bought a black '63 Beetle. I drove it for a couple years then
sold it as I didn’t have the money to build it the way I wanted.
After owning a few other cars, I was re­bitten by the bug
and decided that now was the time to build my dream Bug:
a wolf in sheep’s clothing.

“I find it difficult to find the right words


to describe what this car means to me,
but when you build your childhood dream
car with your own two hands you become
a stronger, wiser and happier person.
Maybe that's why it was called the ‘KdF-
Wagen’ or ‘Strength Through Joy Car’.”
"
"A month later I had purchased this '57 Oval from interstate
and waited anxiously for its delivery.”

Sound familiar? Adrian's plans were probably no different


from any one of us. The ultimate classic VW or Porsche.
Ideas quite probably out of reach for many years. And yet
it never hurts to dream big. When the time is right, all those
dreams can become your reality.

“It looked quite solid upon arrival, however I did not like the
colour at all. I decided I would respray it and get it on the
road while I slowly did it up. One thing lead to another and
before you know it the summer 'to do list' had turned into a
full­on five year body­off­pan project.”

Are you sitting comfortably? Well, five years is a long time


to be re­visiting any car in the garage. I've had cars sitting
motionless in garages for that length of time awaiting their
turn. It isn't easy sometimes; making the first move, knowing

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“Light Beige seats/doors, oatmeal square-weave
what I wanted, however matching the colour and
was available was very difficult. None of the interi
custom trim and searched nationally for the mate
find exactly what I was looking for and the w
1957 BEETLE

carpet, beige mohair headlining. I knew exactly


quality of interior materials I'd imagined to what
ior kits available would suffice so I went for a full
erials. After six months of searching I managed to
wait paid off as my vision has come to life.”
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1957 BEETLE

the explosion of parts about to litter the floor and ruin a good relationship.
Why are you doing this to me? Let me rust in peace!

“I did not want to cut any corners, especially with a beautiful Oval window
VW, so the car was stripped and sand blasted then etch primed so I could
assess what bodywork was needed. As expected with a 50+ year old car
with matching body and pan there was rust in the usual places so I got
stuck straight into the metalwork/fabrication.”

Gulp! I think it's a big decision to take on an Oval and hope it'll look perfect
in five or ten years time under my own guidance. Some people can and
others simply shouldn't. It's an Oval and deserves every detail to be right,
every corner to be rounded just how it was. And then modified to work
right on the street. And filled with today's technology like never before...

“I actually enjoyed working on the car so much that I figured I might as


well try to do as much work as I could that time and skill allowed. I found
it very rewarding and I could do things exactly how I wanted.

“As the years went by there were a couple times when I though the project
was never going to end. However, I managed to push my project forwards
step by step and thankfully the only two times the car left my garage was
for sand blasting and getting the ceiling lining installed to original specs.
All the other work was done by myself: welding, fabrication, panel beating,

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spray painting, electrical, mechanical and the


majority of the interior trimming, including carpets.
I even built my own spray booth at home and
spent many hours studying and practising
techniques to achieve the results I was after.

“Overall I am extremely pleased with how everything


turned out. I love it!”

Like Adrian says, he worked on almost every


aspect of this project. “It's in the genes,” he says,
“Dad is a Kombi man.” It's beginning to make
sense. Kombi's require lateral thinking. They're
cart blanche. Open boxes on wheels awaiting the
designer's input. Here's though where it can go
tragically wrong if you don't know what you're do­
ing. Did I mention that Adrian's a designer? He
knows what looks good. Not overdressed, not
underdressed. Just dressed. But the workings?
The engineering beneath the posh frock. That's
got to look right and work right too, hasn't it? And
who's going to build that?

“Apart from the driveline,” says Adrian, and we'll


come to that in just a minute, “there are some
unusual features I have added to this car, such
as heated seats, including backrests with low/high
settings, USA style rear indicators that also cancel

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compressor housing with titanium
coated turbine housing. The exhaust
is ceramic coated with billet
wastegate plumbed in, and there's
ceramic coated intake pipework with
a 52mm BOV (blow off valve) up
stream too.

Needless to say all the reciprocating


parts like the crank, rods, flywheel,
pulley, fan, pistons and pressure
plate have all been dynamically
balanced. Braided oil and fuel lines,
remote oil filter and cooler with
thermostat controlled fan ensure
long life and reliability under extreme
driving situations.

To prevent any nasty surprises


Adrian's dropped the suspension
by way of a tweak of the rear torsion ground, sanded then polished to
splines and the application of Avis mirror finish. Some other stainless
adjusters working in accordance parts include the bumper bars, body
with CB's finest 2.5­inch dropped trims, running board trims, stone
spindles. A firm and yet compliant guards, quarter window frames, roof
road holding manner. Brakes racks, door pillar and footwell scuff
comprise 280mm discs with two­ plates. There's towel rail bumpers
piece T6 aluminium hubs and SS (as per 1957 US spec), and the
braided lines back and front. The swan mirrors add to that lovely
wheels are stock VW wide­5s on period look,” says Adrian. And let's
the front and widened 15­inch wide­ not forget the VW logo mud­flaps
5 steels out back. Rounding things with big logo hubcaps.
off and continuing the classic and
unspoilt theme are a set of BF Simply astonishing. We get to see
Goodridge whitewall radials. all sorts of classics in Aircooled
Classics, and the variation and
“I dressed the Beetle with some details are simply mind blowing.
classy bling to compliment the Adrian's Oval, without a shadow of
glossy black duco (L41 Arnhem a doubt, is a once in a lifetime car
Black). Stainless steel has been build that beautifully blends the
used extensively throughout the original with the current technology
car. Almost every bolt has been around us today. It really is the stuff
replaced by stainless and most of dreams. AC

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Designer
1957 BEETLE

Adrian thanks his friends and


family for their patience in
the build of this beautiful
Aircooled Classic

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Photos & Video: WRC Polo ­ Volkswagen.
FIA WORLD RALLY
CHAMPIONSHIP (WR
22/01–25/01/2015 Monte Carlo
12/02–15/02/2015 Sweden
05/03–08/03/2015 Mexico
23/04–26/04/2015 Argentina
21/05–24/05/2015 Portugal
11/06–14/06/2015 Italy
02/07–05/07/2015 Poland
30/07–02/08/2015 Finland
20/08–23/08/2015 Germany
WRC POLO DEBUT 10/09–13/09/2015
01/10–04/10/2015
Australia
France
SEASON'S PRELUDE 22/10–25/10/2015
12/11–15/11/2015
Spain
Great Britain

V
olkswagen presented the
second generation of the
Polo R WRC in Autostadt,
Wolfsburg. The works team
from Wolfsburg has its sights set
firmly on another successful defence
of its titles in the FIA World Rally
Championship with a new car and
a new look. Volkswagen completed
a clean sweep of all the World
Championship titles when the Polo
R WRC made its debut in 2013,
before repeating this impressive
feat last season. Continuity is the
key to the driving line­up for 2015:
double world champions Sébastien
Ogier/Julien Ingrassia
(France/France) and team­mates
Jari­Matti Latvala/Miikka Anttila
(Finland/Finland) and Andreas
Mikkelsen/Ola Fløene
(Norway/Norway) rolled down the
starting ramp and headed onto the
first special stage of the year for
Volkswagen at the legendary Rally
Monte Carlo, which opened on 22
January.

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model in the more powerful and dynamic GTS version for the first time. The tar
concept of the 911 Targa 4 GTS delivers very safe driving enjoyment with all­wheel d
and a rollover protection bar; it also delivers open­air fun with a targa top that st
fully automatically. Contributing to a boost in dynamic performance is the GTS en
together with the standard Sport Chrono package, PASM chassis, 20­inch wheels
sport exhaust system.

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at first glance as a GTS model with
all­wheel drive, because e In profile view characteristic GTS attributes
compared to the two­wheel drive 911 Turbo S wheels with central locks, the sp
911 Carrera models e the rear signatures on the doors. The 'targa' logo on
wheel arches are flared an also painted in silky gloss black. Black acce
additional 22mm, and the rear on the air inlet screen, the model logo and
tyres are 10mm wider. The front
view is defined by the sport
design of the car's front end
with an opening for the
auxiliary middle radiator and
the smoked bi­xenon
headlights that feature the
Porsche Dynamic Light
System (PDLS).

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GTS DNA also defines the interior of
the 911 Targa 4 GTS. Integrated at
s are the silky gloss black 20­inch the center of the instrument panel is
port design door mirrors and 'GTS' the stopwatch of the Sport Chrono
the silver rollover protection bar is package. In the front, the four­way
ents at the rear are the glossy trim adjustable Sport Plus seats – with
the chrome tailpipes. their black GTS logo on the head
rests – provide additional lateral
support and long­distance cruising
comfort for driver and passenger.
The dominant interior material is
black Alcantara, which is just half
the weight of leather.

The targa has been an


established member of the 911
line‑up since its debut in 1965. Around
one out of eight 911s previously sold was
a targa. The market share of the latest
generation of this exquisitely styled 911 with its
characteristic rollover protection bar is 13 percent
– and it is growing.

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IN THE MIX
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KOMBILIFE
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Last Word with Paul Cave

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f you're too young to care about mortgages, and perhaps too well­heeled
to care about superannuation, well, this issue's 'Last Word' is probably
not for you. That said, none of us are getting any younger and the world's
becoming an expensive place to live, so perhaps...

I recently celebrated a birthday. A milestone, you might say. Forever young


in my own mind, this dawn of a new age actually brings me to the threshold
of a 'grey area' (just a teeny, weeny bit), of cheaper insurance and the like.
No longer young, but hardly old. There is now, however, the urge to take
early retirement to re­live those youthful carefree days, but alas I feel I'm
no closer to it now than I was some twenty years ago when the notion first
occurred to me.

When you reach that time in your life when you begin thinking about the
future in terms of its affordability, you may be tempted to start crunching
numbers. I'm still a double decade and a bit from retirement, but deep down
I know that won't happen because I'm a workaholic, have a number of 'things'
on the go (many of which are so small you'd care even less if I told you
about them), and plan never to retire. I'll just to ease off the gas pedal a bit.

With enough years behind me accruing interest on my debts and enough


years ahead looking to turn that debt into a profit, investment in precious
metal is part of my retirement fund plan. Of course, by precious metal I mean
old Volkswagens and Porsches. Hang on, let me explain that better. I've got
a few old rusty VWs and I own a project 356. I'm not a car shark, I've bought
them out of love for their engineering and aesthetic qualities, but I also like
to think I could buy something today, repair it, enjoy driving it for say ten
years and sell it at a profit when the time is right. Problem is deep down I'm
a keeper. But have you seen the prices of old VW Buses and old to mid­
term Porsches lately? It makes you think! Once upon a time they were so
much more affordable. Doh! Who missed the boat, again?

The downside of classic car ownership (with profit in mind) is many of these
investments are now beyond the average Joe's expenditure Phoaccount.
to: MarcI've
Little
owned four Split Screen Buses (three in my twenties) and now can't work
out how I might afford that number ever again. I even had two at the same
time – as I bet many of you a similar age to me or older did! They weren't
Sambas, just plain old Campers with no pop­tops, but back then those basic
window vans were easily affordable. Today they're worth snapping up because

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they're fetching good money, and seeing as they don't make them anymore
and they're already cherished, they'll only go up in value. Porsches too. 356s
are a good bet, but who are we kidding here? Prices of aircooled 911s have
risen dramatically over 2014 when we're supposedly all feeling the economic
squeeze. Clearly not everyone is feeling it, and if you have a steady, guaranteed
income it's never been a better time to invest in precious metal with interest
rates as low as they are. Or has it?

There are some old VWs and Porsches you shouldn't ever buy from an
investment viewpoint. It's not my business to tell you which ones to avoid –
there are plenty of forums out there to enlighten you (er... anything 911
watercooled, and try to avoid VW411s, 412s... as high ranking investments
rather than wacky play things). What should you buy? Again, not my business
to advise but generally speaking it depends on whether you have the intention
of driving it or storing it. If you can afford to store it in deep space you have
no need to listen to me as you already have your life sorted, but for rising
stars looking to make a good start in life, think about what you'll be driving,
how likely it is to get pinched/damaged from under your nose and if you'd
be willing to insure it for an agreed value (which you must) and meet those
annual payments and garaging costs without fail, and pay continually for its
preservation and upkeep.

Maybe investing in classic cars just isn't for you. I know for me I sit on the
fence. Yes, I have an old VW Bus and a 356, both garaged and on axle
stands, but only because I like them and plan on getting them on the road
one day to drive, while putting a huge grin on my face. A number of years
ago, when I bought them, it wasn't for investment, well not financial anyway,
but as the cost of living spirals upwards I find I'm now looking at these cars
in that way too. Am I mad?

If investing for future financial gain isn't within your reach just yet, perhaps
consider making 2015 your year of preservation. You've already bought the
car or Camper to use and enjoy. These old aircoolers were born only the
once, and while the current trend is to let them oxidise in the name of faux­
patina (patina is something that really only describes the effects of a lifetime
of natural (ab)use, not a week in the salt and snow), fashions will inevitably
change over time and unfortunately the damage to your hip pocket and
classic investment may have already begun. If it's real patina, for all the tea
in China preserve it now, just as it is! This stuff is priceless! If it's faux­patina,
think about the harm you may be doing letting something degrade in this
way. Geez, you may not agree with me, but I think it's very sad when things
like old Beetles and Campers are left to rot in the name of Cool. I'm sounding
my age aren't I? And who formulates and promotes this kinda stuff anyway?
Oh yeh, we VW magazines do. Er... Whoops. ;­)

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