Archive 2016

Events 2016

Time to shift down a gear.

Advent Gospel in the AutoMuseum on 13 December 2016 at 6:30 pm.

Never seen before: rousing gospel music in the AutoMuseum! In conjunction with the Gospel Choir of St. Peter's Evangelical Church in Vorsfelde and the Dean's Office of the Catholic Church in Wolfsburg, Volkswagen AutoMuseum cordially invites you to an evening of Advent Gospel. When? Tuesday, 13 December 2016 at 6:30 pm at Dieselstraße 35 (ample parking available on Lerchenweg). Pause for a moment in the pre-Christmas bustle and shift down a gear! Familiar as well as less well-known gospel songs provide a unique Advent experience, and short devotional texts should help you slow down and recharge your batteries. Admission is free and singing along positively encouraged!

'Follow me! German police vehicles in action.'

Special exhibition from 13 October 2016 until 26 February 2017.

From 13 October 2016 until 26 February 2017, the Volkswagen AutoMuseum is running the special exhibition 'Follow me! German police vehicles in action'. It gives an insight across all makes into the growing diversity of police motorisation post 1945 and the accompanying ways in which vehicles could be deployed. With exhibits including the so-called open-top touring cars, such as the Hebmüller police convertible and Mercedes 170 OTP, which were only made in small numbers, the Golf Mk1 as a classic patrol car and even rarities like the Isetta and the Smart, 'police fans' will be in their element.

Mercedes 170 D OTP. After the Second World War, Mercedes-Benz re-launched its proven 170 model – this time offering the alternative of a diesel model. A derivative of this followed in 1951/52, when exactly 530 units of the “open touring police car (OTP)” 170 D were made for police and Federal border guards. Specific features of this light vehicle were the four doors, the fold-down windscreen and the detachable side windows. In 1964 these official cars were decommissioned nationwide and sold to private individuals. A surprising number went to the USA. The car on display was faithfully restored by the current owner even down to the authentic looking police equipment (with siren, flashing lights, signalling disc).

BMW 501 “ISAR 12”. BMW ventured back into the automotive industry in the early 1950s with their “Baroque Angel”. The Bavarian manufacturer began with the six-cylinder 501, which was based on a pre-war model. In 1954 the existing six-cylinder version of the more powerful 502 was enhanced with a V8 engine. The big saloon remained part of the range until 1964, but was not a great commercial success. The big Bavarian car became famous thanks to the TV-series “ISAR 12”. Today BMW displays it worldwide at many events together with former officials in original uniform.

Beetle Cabriolet Berlin Gendarmerie. Reliable and affordable to purchase and maintain: the Beetle was the car-ownership dream come true for many a German. Of course price and quality played an equally important role to the police in the choice of service vehicle. So the Beetle also developed into a bestseller with them – from “Pretzel” saloons and cabriolets to the 1303 model. This exhibit's duties were in the Transport Division West in Berlin, in particular for traffic control on state visits.

Golf Mk1 patrol car. As in civilian life, the Golf also relieved the beetle from police duties in the mid-1970s. The exhibit is a diesel model in the facelift version. As well as for passenger travel, the Berlin police used the car as a courier vehicle, most notably between the West Berlin Airlift and the Presidium of the National Police at Alexanderplatz in East Berlin in the sometimes chaotic time of change.

Porsche 356 Cabriolet – motorway police. Policemen loved racy cars in the 1950s/60s as much as anyone. But not everyone was allowed to drive the snappy Porsche Cabriolet: the minimum age was 25, and strictly family men only – married with children. This was meant to ensure that police officers did not drive recklessly or dangerously. As further protection, the officers always wore helmets and raincoats when on duty, because due to lack of headroom, the tops of the police Porsche vehicles were always open – whatever the weather.

EMW 340. Whilst BMW only began car production in West Germany in the early 50s, the original BMW factory in Eisenach had been manufacturing the face-lifted, modernised 326 model – now called “Model 340” – since 1949. Due to a legal dispute, the Thuringians had to rename their factory “Eisenacher Motoren-Werke” (EMW) in 1951. After starting production, the EMW 340 made there immediately went into service at the German “Volkspolizei” (People's Police) in East Berlin. In 1961 it was retired and changed owners.

Take a second look

From 27 September to 23 December 2016, Jakob Kähler shows analogue double exposed sports car shots.

“Take a second look” is the new artistic exhibition being shown at Volkswagen AutoMuseum from 27 September to 23 December 2016. The photographer Jakob Kähler puts analogue photos back into the frame, now that the digital age has taken over the photography world: superimposing digital onto analogue photos and using double exposure of the same negative to create fantastic shots of the two previously unrelated superimposed overlapping objects. The subject of the photographs in the exhibition is sports car designs.

Photo competition “Strong performers” .

From 15 August to 11 September 2016: Submit your favourite picture to 40 years of GTI.

The original GTI, the Rheila Golf or Golf GTI Limited... Are you a fan of the Golf GTI and would like to put it in the limelight? Then why not take part in our photo competition! From 15 August to 11 September 2016 our visitors can submit their favourite pictures to our special exhibition entitled “Strong performers. The Best of 40 Years of the GTI”. An expert jury will select the three best photos. The winners will receive a voucher for the museum shop to the value of €50, €30 or €20 (also redeemable online). Please send your photo to The judges' decision is final.

Strong performers. The Best of 40 Years of the GTI.

From 9th June until 18th September 2016 the AutoMuseum Volkswagen dedicates a special exhibition with interesting rarities.

That's the name of the special exhibition to mark the anniversary being run by the Volkswagen AutoMuseum from 9 June to 18 September 2016. In addition to representatives of the seven generations of the GTI, numerous models from the first and second-generation will also be on show – for example, the 1977 four-door concept car from the private collection of Giorgio Giugiaro, a GTI 16S with Oettinger's four valves per cylinder and a Golf 2 Limited model, of which Volkswagen Motorsport built just 71. The exhibition is rounded off by the Golf roadster concept car of 2014 and, of particular interest to the ladies, a fashion collection made of GTI fabrics.

A small team was already working on the future Sport Golf from as early as 1973. In May 1975, the commission then followed to develop the EA 195 and in September of the same year the Golf GTI was unveiled to the public for the first time in Frankfurt. The brochure showed the primal GTI still with a smooth bonnet, italicised GTI insignia and the so-called dovetail rear-end. The original car from 1975 has not survived. This exhibit is a painstakingly made copy.

Golf GTI Prototyp

The four-door Golf GTI did not actually go on sale until 1981. However, there was a very small number of exceptions: Golf designer Giorgio Giugiaro and star conductor Herbert von Karajan, for example, were - at their express wish - each given such a car as early as 1977. The cars were assembled at Karmann in Osnabrück. It is unclear why US bumpers were fitted. Instead of the standard engine with two valves per cylinder, the car shown here was given an Oettinger engine with four-valve cylinder head.

The full-production GTI with four-valve cylinder head originated from an initiative of the French Volkswagen importer – as a reaction to the Renault 5 Alpine Turbo. From 1981 onwards, 1,300 to 1,600 units were shipped to France. The special edition model was customised at Oettinger in Friedrichsdorf, Hesse, where it was equipped with BBS bodykit, ATS Cup wheels (6J x 14"), an optimised five-speed gearbox and the highly responsive 1.6-litre engine, which came from motorsport.

There was a surprise at the seventh International Wörthersee Meet in 1988 – this 'flying object'! Made of plastic, the hollow object was based on a GTI 16V and had been laminated by hand in under six weeks. It weighed 120 kg and had cost around 20,000 DM to make. Suspended from a white-blue kite, it was pulled high above the lake by a motorboat. After a quarter of an hour, the flying Golf landed back down on the lake and was brought ashore in Reifnitz to great applause.

It was built only in 1989 and only 71 were ever made: the so-called 'Limited' from VW Motorsport. Like the GTI G60, it had a scroll-type surpercharger, intercooler and Digifant injection system. Plus, it had four-valve technology. The drive system was as standard all-wheel drive. In contrast to the Golf Rallye, the Golf Limited was strikingly slim. With its pale blue trim and single light fittings, it was regarded as the 'King of the GTIs', although it never officially bore that name. Excellently equipped, the four-door car cost a full 68,500 DM.

At first the roadster from the 'Gran Turismo 6' PlayStation 3 game – a cooperation between Volkswagen and Sony Computer Entertainment – existed only in the virtual world. The show car was then created for the GTI Meet at Lake Wörthersee in 2014. The 1,420-kilogram one-off is powered by a front-mounted twin-turbo V6 engine, which catapults the all-wheel drive two-seater to 100 km/h inside 3.6 seconds. The driver sorts the seven gears by means of a direct shift gearbox.

International Museum Day.

International Museum Day. Varied supporting programme on 22 May 2016 at the AutoMuseum Volkswagen.

It's all about currywurst on International Museum Day, 22 May 2016, in the AutoMuseum Volkswagen. There is a photo session with QWoo, the Deutsches Currywurst Museum mascot, and an impromptu theatre improvising on the theme of sausages. And to round off the programme, the culinary delights of the original classic – the Volkswagen Currywurst.

Peru - Panamericana and much more.

Photo exhibition from 22 March to 22 May 2016.

From 22 March until 22 May 2016 the Volkswagen AutoMuseum in cooperation with the Peruvian Consulate General in Munich is showing a series of fascinating photographs of traffic, locomotion and countryside taken both on the Peruvian section of the legendary Panamericana and on off-road terrain as well.

Works culture: Making taste buds sing and sing and sing. The Volkswagen Currywurst.

Special exhibition from 3 March to 29 May 2016.

Every company has its own culture that has grown up over the years. At Volkswagen the staff catering and, indeed, also the Volkswagen 'Currywurst', created in 1973, are much-valued assets. The special exhibition called 'Works culture: Making taste buds sing and sing and sing. The Volkswagen Currywurst' running from 3rd March to 29th May is devoted in many different ways to this classic snack, now over 40 years young. Visitors to the AutoMuseum can take some away with them in a handy five-sausage pack.

Vintage jazz among vintage cars.

Sunday matinée on 6th March 2016 at 11 a.m. with the Amo La Música Quartet.

The Czech Amo La Música Quartet will be performing in the Volkswagen AutoMuseum on Sunday, 6th March at 11 a.m. The four musicians love classical music. However, in addition to Dvorák, Latin-American melodies, jazz and film music will also feature in the matinée performance. The event is being organised by Prag Live e. V. Admission is free. Donations gratefully received.

With a love of detail: Volkswagen models seen through a photo lens.

Second exhibition in the series "MobilArt. Art at the Volkswagen AutoMuseum." in collaboration with the fotoclub wolfsburg e.V. from 14 January to 13 March 2016.

The photo exhibition shows 36 impressions of the exhibits at the Volkswagen AutoMuseum. The photos were the result of a workshop conducted by the fotoclub Wolfsburg e.V. in the AutoMuseum. The exhibition, which shows "full shots" of the models as well as details lovingly placed in a setting, can be visited from 14 January to 13 March 2016.