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What is new at the Volkswagen AutoMuseum? New exhibits, the latest developments, celebrity visitors – we keep you up to date.


Three H Roadsters with Beetle components find a home in the AutoMuseum.

29 November 2017. Jannie Hübers, designer of a small series of sports cars in the 1970s and 1980s, donated three of those H Roadsters to the AutoMuseum Volkswagen. A total of nine H2 Roadsters were produced, with the third model, the H3, being added in 2003. All vehicles use Type 3 and Type 4 air-cooled engines from the Beetle. The axles and gearboxes also came from Volkswagen. Visually, the sports two-seaters are very similar to the Lotus Seven. After all, Hübers’ idea was to set up a club sport scene in Germany based on the English model. The great inspiration came of course from Colin Chapman with his spartan yet fast-paced creations. Jannie Hübers is extremely satisfied that her three designs have now found a prestigious home in the AutoMuseum. Ebehard Kittler, Head of the AutoMuseum Volkswagen Foundation, Susanne Wiersch and Eckberth von Witzleben are tremendously pleased by these exceptional additions to the collection.


Friends of the AutoMuseum take on new projects.

22 November 2017. The 'Friends of the AutoMuseum' currently has some 20 members. Among the achievements for which they deserve thanks are the new Engine Gallery as well as the restoration of the Museum’s dilapidated exhibits and the 1:4 vehicle models. The group has its origins in the volunteers’ section of Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles, but in the meantime additional members have joined them. New projects are being planned – one example being the setup of a workshop. On 22 November, the committed group reviewed its successes to date and incidentally reported that further interested parties had committed to voluntary activities (info@automuseum-volkswagen.de). During the course of the afternoon, new exhibits were added to the Gallery, one example being an oval piston engine and a power unit from the EA 111 Polo engine series, which never went into production.


Model vehicle event at the 'Traumwerk'.

16 November 2017. The 'TraumWerk', namely Hans-Peter Porsche’s toy museum in Anger near Salzburg, is the venue for the fascinating special exhibition entitled 'Vom VW Brezelkäfer zum Porsche 356' [From the 'Pretzel Beetle' to the Porsche 356], which runs until March 2018. On display are some 300 Beetle and Porsche miniatures. Adding spice to the entire event are a number of originals in 1:1 scale – among them a rare aluminium 356 dating from 1949 and an inspired 1:5 model of the Berlin-Rome car. This exhibition provided a setting for the traditional 'Model Vehicle of the Year' awards ceremony presented by 'Modellfahrzeug' magazine and opened by the museum’s owner Hans-Peter Porsche. Volkswagen models won in five categories: 1:87 Commercial Vehicles (VW T1 by Schuco Piccolo), 1:43 Small Production Run (Beetle delivery van by Schuco), 1:18 Contemporary (VW T6 by NZG), RC/Radio Controlled (Beetle by Jarama) and Model Construction Kit (Beetle by Revell).


August Horch Museum Zwickau with 1958 Beetle from the AutoMuseum.

9 November 2017. On Thursday, 8 November, the August Horch Museum Zwickau opened its building extension – and thus doubled its exhibition space to 6,500 m² with a total of 150 vehicles. The new section will mainly display exhibit items from the GDR era. One of the show areas presents the Trabant together with other vehicles for 'transport of the people' from that period. One model that especially stands out is a black VW Beetle – a South African model from 1958. It is on loan from the AutoMuseum Volkswagen Foundation. Marking the finish of the exhibition is the relocation of Trabant production (most recently with a 1.1-litre Volkswagen engine) to Volkswagen Saxony and the models they have produced up to the present day in Mosel and Dresden – from the Polo to the Golf and up to the Phaeton. The speech by Managing Director Thomas Stebich to open the exhibition also included a farewell to Professor Peter Kirchberg. Now about to retire, he has been a source of ideas and a guiding spirit for many years.



Opening in the presence of a group of Volkswagen engine developers: The Engine Gallery.

8 November 2017. After a year and a half of work to examine, identify and select exhibit items, the 'Engine Gallery' of the AutoMuseum has now opened with roughly 50 items on display. Museum Chairman Eberhard Kittler extended a special thank-you to former engine experts of Volkswagen AG, who had provided the main impetus for the project with their specialised knowledge. This was the only way to determine exactly when, how and why the one-off units and test models, engines and gearboxes came to be. The technicians present at the opening were so forthcoming with their anecdotes and further insights into the world of engines that the audience emphatically expressed a desire to see a more comprehensive publication. The AutoMuseum will gladly meet this wish if sufficient support and funding can be found. It is pleasing to note that some of those present said that they would be glad to serve as tour guides at the gallery for future groups of visitors. Reservations will be accepted at info@automuseum-volkswagen.de.


Ukulele concert with Roland Prakken and Kannemann in the AutoMuseum.

4 November 2017. Saturday evening saw some 50 guests enjoy a concert of superlative quality in the AutoMuseum Volkswagen. The musicians Roland Prakken and Kannemann, hailing from Hamburg, put on a superb show of their abilities, firstly as the group 'Kleine Freiheit' featuring guitar and a range of their own humorous compositions based on their northern homeland. The second part was just as impressive when they performed as the 'Ukulele Alley Cats' with that smallest of stringed instruments and a 'tea chest bass' to provide the rhythm on numbers such as 'Hotel California' and 'Here Comes The Sun'. Their amusing song introductions generated much laughter amongst the audience. They received thunderous applause and were not allowed to leave before performing a number of encores – one such number was 'Lola', which satirises how a Hamburg cultural centre handles its performers. The evening was enriched by readings of tales of wanderlust and travel, delivered by Andrea Lustig and Birgit Hüser in such a way that you could almost imagine yourself in the midst of the action.


'VW Student' showcar restored with IAV support.

27 October 2017. Built in 1982, the 'VW Student' spent far too much time in the AutoMuseum exhibition with damaged and missing tail lights – and at first a repair seemed impossible. Yet, thanks to the assistance of volunteer Christian Bartsch, a remedy has been found: a small team led by IAV employees Carsten Hotop and Sven Bartsch together with apprentice Lars Rether took charge of the matter and, using 3D printing, created two new tail light units, which have now restored the car to its fully intact state. To mark the handover and mounting of the prototype parts, twelve employees of IAV Gifhorn accepted an invitation extended by the AutoMuseum and came to Wolfsburg.


Farewell to the Vento.

18 October 2017. For 24 years, Harald and Hannelore Bergmann from Göttingen were accompanied through their daily lives and on holidays by their faithful white Vento, with its 1.9-litre turbo diesel engine. They cherished and cared for their treasure, to which they still feel very attached – even still having the original invoice available to hand. Now, however, with a heavy heart the time has come to say goodbye and drive the car one last time to its new home, the Volkswagen AutoMuseum. Museum director Eberhard Kittler is delighted with the well-maintained new exhibit, because the Vento was a niche rather than a volume model as an offshoot of the Golf Mk 3, and as a result is quite a rare sight today. And there are already thoughts towards a new special exhibition, in which the car would feature as one of the main attractions. The Bergmanns remain faithful to the Volkswagen brand and are looking forward to their new Golf Variant.


Otmar Alt signs his Golf in the AutoMuseum.

14 October 2017. To mark the 20th anniversary of the Otmar Alt special edition of the Golf, Stuart Mentiply, an employee of Classic Parts, invited the artist to an interview in the AutoMuseum Volkswagen where a prototype from the small production run is on show. Alt chose the venue for the talk and was very moved to see 'his' Golf occupying such a prominent position in the exhibition. Naturally he did not miss the opportunity to sign the car personally; so it now bears the original signature and the date of the visit. Alt fondly reminisced on his time working together with Volkswagen. His private collection also contains a model from the Otmar Alt edition of the Golf. After the interview, he remained for a considerable time in the exhibition so that he could inspect the vehicles at his leisure, and he also found a Beetle similar to his very first car. He said that he would be happy to design another Golf special edition at any time.


WOB-007. Grand James Bond exhibition opens at the AutoMuseum.

10 October 2017. Around 100 invited guests were eagerly looking forward to the "WOB-007" exhibition opening. After all, the film character James Bond is the most popular secret agent of all time. The evening visitors were not only rewarded with the presentation of twelve Bond vehicles, which the spy has driven in the course of his 70-year career to hunt down evil. They were also treated to numerous film props as well as extravagant Bond costumes and photos, some of which have never before been published, as well as original film posters. The opening night began with a humorous commercial, in which Bond, after some technical mishaps, finally exchanges his DeLorean for a Beetle. And then Dr Siegfried Tesche, the Bond expert and exhibition's conceptual designer, directly involved his audience with exciting anecdotes on the life of the agent in her Majesty's service. Eberhard Kittler and Susanne Wiersch also thanked the numerous people who have lent their cars, without which this exhibition would not have been possible. And then, appropriately, Bond's legendary drink was offered. Shaken, not stirred.


Brand new: The 2018 GTI Calendar.

25 September 2017. It’s back! The very popular Golf GTI Calendar, which is much in demand with the big fan base. For the 2018 edition, the Volkswagen Academy has also drawn on the rich image material stock of its Wörthersee GTI, designed and built by the trainees since 2008. Creating 12 powerful pictures of strong performers. The 42 x 30 cm calendar is now available in the Volkswagen AutoMuseum for € 14.90 (excl. € 7 shipping within Germany). Please send your orders to info@automuseum-volkswagen.de


Exclusive Golf Speed Meeting.

23 September 2017. In 2006, Volkswagen launched an attractive, extraordinary small production run: the Golf Speed. They produced 100 yellow and 100 orange vehicles (both colours borrowed from the Lamborghini) on a dedicated production line in Wolfsburg. Today, more than ten years later, the Speed is a sought-after collector’s item. About 15 of these vehicles with their owners from all over Germany came together at the Volkswagen AutoMuseum. Here they learned many interesting facts from the then project manager, idea generator and instructor at Volkswagen, Nikolaos Nikolitsis – such as how the car was created and how it came to series production, even though it was not originally planned at all. Nikolitsis developed and built the Speedas a prototype together with six apprentices. The first, original car was kept intact and is to be restored soon. Who knows, maybe the Speed fan community will see it on their next visit to Wolfsburg? Visitors also saw a Speed prototype on display in the AutoMuseum.


Trainees support the AutoMuseum motorsport project.

19 September 2017. The four Volkswagen vocational trainees Pia Berkeczi, Ira Kagelmann, Moritz Henniges and Dennis Köther have together put in around 150 production hours on around 20 custom-made display stands for engines and transmissions at the Volkswagen AutoMuseum. The idea for this project came at last year's Christmas celebration, to which the trainers Stephan Bareis and Nikolaos Nikolitsis invited their "proteges" for a guided tour of the museum. The interest of the four young people was quickly aroused and they set about their task with great attention to detail. Each motor has been measured and an individual stand has had to be designed and manufactured according to its individual characteristics. Museum director Eberhard Kittler thanked all those involved for their great commitment as their support has brought the planned engine cabinet of the AutoMuseum a big and important step closer to fruition. The four aspiring construction mechanics agreed: "It was fun to do and a great way to put the knowledge we had learned into practice." Thanks go to Daniel Nehlich as well, who, as department manager and fan of "old things", stood unquestioningly behind his colleagues' plans. Everyone agreed that this cooperation is a winning formula for both sides and should be continued. By the way, another project that was mostly implemented by trainees: the conversion of a Lamborghini Diablo to the technology of the VW Phaeton W12. The result – named Lamborghini Chiron – is now also in the AutoMuseum after being thoroughly overhauled.


Sporty visit to Volkswagen's AutoMuseum.

14 September 2017. Felix Brückmann, goalkeeper for the Wolfsburg Grizzlys ice hockey team, paid a visit to the Volkswagen AutoMuseum. He obviously took pleasure in being allowed to sit in his favourite vehicle, the 1962 Samba bus. Born in Freiburg, Felix Brückmann inherited a passion for the Bulli and for Volkswagen from his parents. So it's no surprise that the design of his helmet features a Bulli (in precisely the colours of the model on display at the AutoMuseum) and the Volkswagen badge. In addition to the Bulli, the Golf I GTI is his second favourite model from Volkswagen. But in the ice arena he also gained inspiration from the current Golf GTE.


Now available: Volkswagen calendar 2018.

4 September 2017. The Volkswagen calendar 2018 presents a wider variety of models than ever before. For the first time it also includes classic vehicles from the early water-cooled Volkswagen generation. The Scirocco, Golf and Polo are presented in beautiful panoramic scenery. The calendar is available at a price of €14.95 (if delivered plus postage of €7.00 (within Germany)) from the shop of the Volkswagen AutoMuseum. Please contact info@automuseum-volkswagen.de to place orders.


Museum engines at Lower Saxony Day.

1 to 3 September 2017. On "Lower Saxony Day" (Tag der Niedersachsen) – which actually lasted a whole weekend – around 325,000 visitors strolled around the 1.7 km street festival in the centre of Wolfsburg. Towns and communities, clubs, associations, choirs, dance groups – and the 1st Beetle Club Wolfsburg presented themselves at numerous stands. The club members exhibited ten Beetle, Karmann-Ghia and Type 3 cars. Two functional cutaway models from the future engine gallery of the Volkswagen AutoMuseum were also on display. A 1.2 and a 1.5-litre flat engine offered interesting insights into the inner workings of the air-cooled cult engines.


New art show opened: Lookbook No. 3.

30 August 2017. The Volkswagen AutoMuseum opened its new art show "Lookbook No.3. Volkswagen Artwork by Klaus Trommer." to an audience of around 60 invited guests. The exhibition was created in cooperation with Volkswagen Zubehör GmbH, whose manager Jost Capito warmly thanked his team and the artist for the idea and the excellent realisation of the Lookbook, and the museum for the presentation platform. Kai-Uwe Knoth took the photos which the artworks are based on. Klaus Trommer, the creator of the Lookbook, developed a love of historic Volkswagen cars at a very early age as his first car journeys as a child were in his parents' Volkswagen Type 3. But his favourite is a graphic showing a blue racing Beetle that a Chinese manufacturer has now realised as a model car. This shows that Volkswagen Accessories has placed just the right creative motifs at the disposal of its licensees for merchandising. With 52 motifs the exhibition shows a wide cross-section of the work of Trommer who – and Hauke Wilkens from Volkswagen Accessories was particularly proud of this – won the Red Dot Award, a highly coveted award in designer circles. The next edition of the Lookbook is already being prepared.


Volkswagen AutoMuseum very popular as a destination for classic car outings.

26 August and 2 September 2017. Every year the Volkswagen AutoMuseum is a popular port of call for club and rally events. At the end of August around 40 members of the Karmann Ghia Club Nederland undertook the long journey to Wolfsburg. Their three-day programme in Wolfsburg that was all about Volkswagen comprised both a factory tour and a visit to the Autostadt. On Saturday the final highlight before the club headed home was a guided tour of the Volkswagen AutoMuseum. A week later participants in the "Dalldorf Classic" delighted staff and visitors to the museum with their 50 vintage cars. They weren't deterred by rain showers and were pleased to pose for a group photo. This was then followed by a guided tour. The wide field of young classics and vintage vehicles ranged from Beetle cars to Mercedes and Ferraris.


Participants in the AutoMuseum’s Bulli Summer Festival.

3 to 6 August 2017. Several hundred friends and fans who had come to Allerpark in Wolfsburg for the Bulli Summer Festival converged on the Volkswagen AutoMuseum Foundation on the Saturday in particular. With free admission for all, they got to marvel at rare sights such as the 1949 T1 prototype and the one-millionth Bulli, a 1962 Samba bus, and stock up on matching souvenirs in the museum shop. Many of the visitors had to travel a long way, from abroad and with their own VW Bulli in some cases, to be there for this special event from 3 to 6 August.



PS.Speicher exhibition showcases 50 years of the VW T2.

28 July 2017. The PS.Speicher in Einbeck opened an impressive special exhibition marking 50 years of the T2 on 28 July. The ‘Interessengemeinschaft T2’ interest group partnered for this with the Volkswagen AutoMuseum Foundation, which took part as the lender of the forefather of all Transporters – the ‘Plattenwagen’. The exhibition was opened by Karl-Heinz Rehkopf (the museum’s founder) and Lothar Meyer-Mertel (managing director). The two former VW engineers Karl Nachbar, Head of Commercial Vehicles Development, and Dr Adolf Kalberlah, Head of Future Research, spoke about the origins of the second-generation VW Transporter during a panel discussion. Four-wheel drive and electronics found their way into the T2 in the early seventies, for example, the former just as a prototype but the latter in a small production run in cooperation with RWE, Siemens and battery producer Hoppecke.



Norwegian Kübelwagen fans on tour.

26 July 2017. The ‘extended’ Ulvestad family from Norway made their way in their cherished Volkswagens to the AutoMuseum in Wolfsburg for a second time. Driving there from the ferry on their own steam was a matter of pride for them. Lars, Harald, Klaus and ladies Guro and Kristin Ulvestad, as well as family friend Tom Tobiesen, brought along two 1942 Type 82 Kübelwagen and one 1944 Kommandeurwagen, the latter a Kübelwagen chassis retrofitted with a Beetle body. Afterwards, the entourage rolled on to a private enthusiasts’ gathering.



‘Showroom’ by Don Eddy, now in the Kunsthalle Emden.

15 July 2017. ‘The car in art. Speeding passion.’ is the name of the new exhibition at the Kunsthalle Emden museum and gallery. Take a journey through the history of the car, portrayed since the start of the 20th century by famous artists such as Don Eddy, Andy Warhol and Peter Keetman, with changing views of these four-wheeled companions from decade to decade. All facets are represented, from the exuberance for engineering when the car was still in its 'training wheels’ phase, its emergence as a status symbol thanks to the German economic miracle, the era of pop art and realism in the sixties and the environmental controversy of ten years later through to visions for the future of motoring. The Volkswagen AutoMuseum has contributed two exhibits in support of the show: ‘Showroom’, a 1972 painting by Don Eddy in the style of realism, and one of the last original Beetles built in Emden, used to entice visitors into the building. This impressive exhibition runs until 5 November 2017. Info: www.kunsthalle-emden.de (picture 4: rights: Monk-usedcar-violet)


Available at last: special edition T1 panel van HO17 by Wiking.

28 June 2017. The Volkswagen AutoMuseum has brought out a special edition 1:87 scale model of the T1 bus by Wiking for the Vintage VW Show in Hessisch Oldendorf. The classic panel van in pigeon blue has been produced in a limited edition of 750 pieces. It is available at the AutoMuseum shop for €21.90 and can also be purchased online subject to additional shipping costs of €5.50. Please contact info@automuseum-volkswagen.de to place orders.


Seventh grand convention of vintage Beetle lovers in Hessisch Oldendorf.

23 to 25 June 2017. Every four years, fans of vintage Beetles and first-generation VW buses converge on Hessisch Oldendorf, where Traugott and Christian Grundmann have now staged their International Vintage VW Show for the seventh time. The three-day event was attended by more than 500 air-cooled Volkswagens, doing their clattering rounds through Hessisch Oldendorf and the Weser Uplands or sitting pretty on show in the town’s historic district. A large parts market offering an exhaustive scope of wares rounded off the proceedings. The Volkswagen AutoMuseum has brought out a special edition model of a T1 bus by Wiking especially for the show. The model is available at the AutoMuseum shop.


A final run to the Volkswagen AutoMuseum.

23 June 2017. This was not the first time that the comrades from the voluntary fire department in Wittingen have had to part company with a vehicle. At the beginning of the 1990s they decommissioned their T1 fire brigade turntable ladder from the Hagen-based Meyer company, which had reached retirement age. It found a new home at the Volkswagen AutoMuseum, where it has since been delighting visitors. Now the voluntary firefighters are preparing to take their leave of another trusty vehicle - their 21 year-old MAN turntable ladder is to be auctioned off shortly. The state-of-the-art MAN vehicle that is already in place as its successor is ready for deployment with its ladder extended in seven seconds. Old and new came together for a joint photo session at the Volkswagen AutoMuseum. They were even joined by a third fire ladder from the turn of the 20th century (around 1890). The guys from the fire brigade did not pass up the opportunity to pose with the vehicles in the respectively matching uniforms. The team from the AutoMuseum were also granted an opportunity to be in the picture.


VW 1302 Cabriolet from the AutoMuseum proves a crowd puller at the children’s festival as part of the International Summer Festival in Wolfsburg.

18 June 2017. An absolute eye-catcher was the Volkswagen AutoMuseum’s Volkswagen 1302 Cabriolet from 1972, which really came into its own with its saturn yellow shining resplendently in the sunshine at Wolfsburg Castle. People of all ages attending the children’s festival as part of the International Summer Festival were correspondingly keen to be photographed with this gem. As a nod to the vehicle’s heyday, the photographs were taken with a Polaroid camera, thus providing instant take-away mementos. The guests were also collected from the car park and conveyed to the castle in fitting style on board the legendary "Käferbähnle" - or "Beetle Train". Further attractions were a roundabout featuring models of alpine animals and the appearance by the band Radau.


Surprise visit to the Volkswagen AutoMuseum.

16 June 2017. Early in the afternoon, the full sound of the air-cooled flat engine reverberated around the museum car park, heralding a surprise visit to the AutoMuseum by 13 members of the 1st Beetle Club Heilbronn. They used the bank-holiday weekend (Corpus Christi) for an outing to Wolfsburg and the surrounding region with seven Beetles and a buggy. They were welcomed at the AutoMuseum by Susanne Wiersch and received a brief introduction before immersing themselves in the predominantly air-cooled world of the museum. Also on the agenda was a visit to the Autostadt and a day trip along the Elbe.


Praglive e. V. stages third concert at the Volkswagen AutoMuseum.

11 June 2017. For the third time, the praglive e. V. society invited its members and music fans to a free concert at the Volkswagen AutoMuseum. The audience of around 90 at the matinee were treated to a great show by the four Crazy Boys of Prague fronted by the charismatic singer Eva Eminger. The society’s president, Ines Köhler, extended the customary warm welcome to the audience and the artists. The set list comprised swing and jazz classics from the 1920s to the 1940s, such as "I got rhythm", "Down by the riverside" or "Lady be good", which were predestined to get the audience clapping and grooving along. The morning drew to a pleasurable close for everyone with copious applause for the performance and "Oh when the saints go marching in" as an encore.


AutoMuseum on show at the Muzeum dopravy in Bratislava.

23 May 2017. The ten millionth Beetle (1965) from the Volkswagen AutoMuseum has been delighting visitors to Volkswagen Slovakia in Bratislava for more than ten years now. From 3 May to 29 October 2017 it is on show to a broader public at the Múzeum dopravy Bratislava (Bratislava Museum of Technology). In an exclusive special exhibition here, VW Slovakia is presenting the models which have been produced at the plant in Bratislava since it opened. While these models document the history of the plant, the Beetle stands for the beginnings and the success story of the company as a whole. Infos: www.muzeumdopravy.com


Expert discussion of an aerodynamic sensation.

28 April 2017. 40 years ago, a small team in Halle/Saale, Germany – led by Professor Eberhardt Scharnowski – created a sensational car with aerodynamic lines that was built on a Beetle chassis. This car and its sibling, which had also been forgotten over the years, were used quite normally in everyday driving. Now both cars – and the original tooling for the coupé – have arrived at the Auto Museum together. Dr Scharnowski introduced them to the public at a lecture event here.


VW XL1 Sport in the Auto Museum.

24 April 2017. In October 2014, Volkswagen presented the 200 millionth Group vehicle at the Paris International Motor Show – the XL1 Sport – a one-of-a-kind vehicle with a top speed of 270 km/h. It was an XL1 with a 200-PS high-performance Ducati engine, and serious consideration was given to producing a limited production run of these vehicles. To implement the desired driving performance, the lengthened and widened sport version used the underbody of the Audi R8 and an adjustable rear wing à la Lamborghini. A test fleet vehicle of that time is now on display at the Volkswagen Auto Museum. Right next to the fuel economising XL1.  


Golf postage stamp in the Auto Museum.

13 April 2017. The millionth Golf car, painted in tin grey, adorns a new, special edition 90-cent postage stamp by the German Post Office. It is now on exhibit at the Volkswagen Auto Museum. The vehicle – which had a 1.6-litre 70-PS engine and was delivered to customers in October 1976 after a period of just 31 months – will now appear on several million postage stamps as well. The new stamp was revealed to the public on 13 April at the House of History of the Federal Republic of Germany in Bonn by its director, Professor Hans-Walter Hütter and Claudia Schäfer, Vice President Management of Postage Stamps, Deutsche Post AG. AutoMuseum director Eberhard Kittler viewed the new postage stamp together with Jennifer Dengler, the responsible museum specialist, and graphic designer Thomas Serres.


World premiere of the VW CC1 in 1998.

11 April 2017. A futuristic prototype, which is nearly 20 years old, will be on public display for the first time with the official transfer of the freshly restored VW CC1 to the Volkswagen Auto Museum by Herfried Wichern and Markus Wassermann, testing employees at EDAG Engineering GmbH in Gifhorn, Germany. Until then, the car had only been shown internally at the company as the four-seat car at Volkswagen Research in Wolfsburg was essentially a precursor to the later Audi A2. Participating in the project was Christian Bartsch, who explained the technical details (low gross weight of 440 kg thanks to its complex lightweight construction, fuel consumption of just 2 litres/100 km). Bartsch is a member of the Volkswagen pro Ehrenamt ("Volkswagen Supports Volunteer Work") department managed by Ralf Thomas. Chairman Eberhard Kittler was pleased that the CC1 would now be part of the museum's permanent collection as a historic example of the innovative power of Volkswagen.


Electric Golf and NILS from the AutoMuseum at the Techno Classica

5 to 9 April 2017. Electric mobility was the focus of the Volkswagen Classic show booth at the Techno Classica show in Essen – and two eye-catching vehicles came from the Auto Museum. One of them was a green 1976 Golf whose combustion engine was replaced by an electric drive by Volkswagen Research. It is one of the oldest passenger cars in the collection to have this future-oriented traction system. The other is the NILS of 2011, which temporarily left its exhibit space at the Auto Museum to attend the car show. It is on permanent loan from Group Research, and it is a great attraction in the futuristic section of the Wolfsburg museum.


World record Polo is very real in the virtual studio.

5 April 2017. The Volkswagen AutoMuseum is now showing a rare exhibit item at the Virtual Studio GmbH at Daimlerstraße 18 in Wolfsburg: the world record setting Polo G40 of 1985. The car had 129 PS of power and set the record for average speed during a 24-hour endurance trial: 208 km/h. It demonstrated just how durable the new G supercharger of that time was. The car is still a genuine head-turner, appealing to both employees and guests of the museum. Its stylistic elements combine contemporary design and the car's required functionality – so it performed precisely the task that a virtual studio describes.


“Fashion Car Spring” in Braunschweig with Volkswagen gems.

1/2 April 2017. As is traditional on the first weekend in April, the city centre of Braunschweig transformed into a large automobile show space – with several dozen automotive classics on display. Among them were several Volkswagen models – including a beautiful Mexico Beetle Sunny Bug special series of 1984, which advertised for the AutoMuseum Volkswagen Foundation in neighbouring Wolfsburg. The vehicle belongs to Jürgen Kolle’s collection, who runs the Braunschweig historic vehicles collection (www.historische-fahrzeuge-bs.de).


Rabbit makes advertising at the Outlet Center for AutoMuseum Volkswagen.

31 March to 2 April 2017. For the third time, the AutoMuseum Volkswagen is displaying one of its exhibits at the Fashion Center at the info centre at Wolfsburg Fashion Outlet. This time it is an Rabbit from 1976 which was built on the factory plant in Wolfsburg. The production of the Rabbit, the American version of the Golf, started in Westmoreland/Penns. in 1977. In addition there was a small special exhibition on the outdoor plant of the Outlet Center on 1 and 2 April. The AutoMuseum showed the so called Rheila Golf GTI, the winner of the German Rallye championship in 1981 and the Polo G40.


Bernd Luz opens his unique PopArt exhibition “Legends of Le Mans.”

29 March 2017. AutoMuseum Volkswagen yesterday launched its new “Legends of Le Mans” art exhibition with an opening reception. The audience was visibly impressed by the works of artist Bernd Luz, offering a cross section through the history of the 24-hour race. Luz, who has a penchant for vintage racing, explained to the guests how he has skilfully portrayed his main protagonists, racing legends on four wheels, in the style of abstract PopArt. Using the example of his two favourites whose background stories he retold, Luz clearly demonstrated that very detailed research on the racing events is behind the pictures as well as his mastery of the painting technique. The whole collection of images as a Le Mans series is unique and can only be seen in the AutoMuseum Volkswagen. More information on the artist at www.berndluz.de


New Beetle book availabe in the shop.

20 March 2017. Keith Seume’s book “VW Beetle” is now published in German as “VW Käfer”. A Beetle lover and owner of several of the cult bugs, the author is very familiar with the history of the iconic Volkswagen, with over 21 million sales worldwide. In particular, Seume has taken on the design changes that the beetle underwent during its construction period, and illustrates them with about 400 studio-recorded pictures of individual models and details. Some of the models depicted are part of the AutoMuseum Volkswagen collection. Furthermore, the book deals with the country-specific versions of the bestseller and takes a look at its cultural influences within society. Whether as a beginning of a book collection about Beetles or to add to an existing one, the book is a must for any Beetle fan and is available in the AutoMuseum Volkswagen shop for €39.95 – also online (excl. shipping costs). Please contact info@automuseum-volkswagen.de with any questions or orders.


Pure summer feeling takes hold in the Volkswagen Auto Museum.

16 March 2017. Around 70 invited guests enjoyed the first feeling of beautiful weather this year at the Volkswagen Auto Museum. This was made possible by the 20 beautiful yet very diverse convertibles from five double decades of carmaking, which are being presented by the auto museum in its new special exhibition: "Open-air seduction. Cabriolet milestones." At the opening of the exhibit, Eberhard Kittler, Chairman of the foundation "Stiftung AutoMuseum Volkswagen", pointed out noteworthy milestones in the history of cabriolet development. He thanked those who lent their cars to the exhibit, especially Volkswagen Classic and PS. Speicher in Einbeck, who made major contributions to the variety of the special show. Klaus-Dieter Ulrich – a long-time employee of Karmann who now manages the Volkswagen collection in Osnabrück – shared some of his knowledge of Karmann innovations in vehicle and convertible manufacturing. Lothar Meyer-Mertel, Managing Director of PS. Speicher, explained the exhibition concept of his very prominent museum, and Georg Ebeling, a private owner with a car in the exhibition, revealed how he came to acquire his Jaguar XK 140. Offering a glimpse into the future of convertible driving was Volkswagen designer Oliver Stefani who discussed the T-Cross Breeze, a trendy SUC (Sport Utility Cabriolet) concept car.


Auto Museum sends ancient Derby to Retro Classics.

2 to 5 March 2017. Four decades ago - in March 1977 - the notchback variant of the Polo Mk I arrived on the market. The AutoMuseum has in its collection a car that is probably the oldest existing Derby, which has been awakened from a long ‘Sleeping Beauty’ kind of sleep. The red two-door convertible is a pilot series vehicle and was built in the summer of 1976 as the 29th notchback offshoot ever. Many of its details still didn't match those of the production version. Now the car, which has been driven just a few kilometres, is being shown in the Volkswagen Classic Parts exhibition area at the Retro Classics show in Stuttgart, one of the largest vintage car shows in Europe, advertising for the Volkswagen Auto Museum there


Record-setting ARVW car in the TraumWerk model museum.

2 March 2017. An attraction of the special exhibition "Speed - 100 years of land speed records" was the 1980 ARVW speed champion of the Auto Museum, which was on loan to the exhibition in the Bavarian town of Anger near Bad Reichenhall. The model and toy museum, which opened in mid-2015, contains the collection of Hans-Peter Porsche, which includes true-to-scale models as well as a dozen automobiles that are worth seeing. As part of the special exhibition, valuable miniatures are also being presented, including the Blitzen-Benz, Fiat Mestopheles, Opel RAK-II and The Blue Flame. They come from Rainer Deutenbach, who optimised the ARVW in a wind tunnel in 1979/80. The special exhibition runs until 20 August 2017. The museum is open Tuesday through Sunday from 9:30 am to 5:00 pm.


Karmann models on display at Bremen Classic Motorshow and a postscript to the Police Exhibition.

3 February 2017. One of the total of 13 rarities from the special show "The Karmann Treasure Chest" at the Bremen Classic Motorshow came from the AutoMuseum – the well preserved red VW Type 3 Convertible from 1961. The sibling model is part of the Volkswagen collection in Osnabrück and is currently undergoing restoration. Other stands were also showing rare Karmann exhibits. There has probably never been such a comprehensive exhibition focusing on Karmann before. However, a completely different vehicle was concealed in the VIP area closed to the public. This was the location for a Borgward Isabella in police livery, which was originally due to appear in the special exhibition by the AutoMuseum entitled “Follow me! German police vehicles in action”, which has been extended until 29 February. Reasons of logistics prevent this from happening – which is why we are showing it here, in picture form at least.


First road safety training day for children in the AutoMuseum.

29 January 2017. For the first time ever, the AutoMuseum Volkswagen was host to a road safety training day for children. The young participants aged between four and ten were particularly inspired by the ADACUS learning program from the ADAC. With a great deal of patience and a lot of fun, Presenter Melanie Persson and her glove puppet companion, ADACUS the raven, explained and practised how to behave correctly when using a zebra crossing or when crossing at traffic lights. And indeed neither of them failed to spot the tiniest mistake from their “fellow players”. Afterwards, the children had an opportunity to practice their knowledge in a separately laid out circuit which included the traffic signs that are also most important for children. On hand for the purpose were four highly coveted Bobby Cars. Colouring sheets and the TipToi game on road safety “Sicher im Straßenverkehr” provided additional practice exercises. Special thanks for their support go to the ADAC and Melanie Persson, Volkswagen Accessories, the local road safety organisation Verkehrswacht Wolfsburg as well as to Ravensburger and the publisher Westermann for sponsoring the games. 


New Year's Reception 2017.

18 January 2017. In addition to the traditional review of 2016 and a look ahead to the AutoMuseum's forthcoming activities for 2017, this year's New Year's Reception offered a very special highlight: Ernest Jovic had travelled all the way from Sarajevo especially to hand over his late father's TAS Golf as a gift to the AutoMuseum. Museum Chairman Eberhard Kittler was delighted by the new addition, which is indeed a great rarity in Germany, and promptly presented the accompanying original invoice for 246,071 dinars to the attendant guests. In fact, Jovic's father actually paid a sum of 12,654.03 deutschmarks for the car in 1982 so that he could take it from the forecourt straight away. The audience, with invited guests including Professor Hahn, former Management Board Chairman of Volkswagen AG and Wendelin Göbel, Secretary General of the current Management Board, were all similarly impressed. To conclude the evening, Foundation Chairman Eberhard Kittler introduced his team of employees.


Opening event: photography exhibition "Seeing behind the eyes."

10 January 2017. The AutoMuseum Volkswagen launched its new year of shows with the opening of the photography exhibition “Seeing behind the eyes” by Kai Grüber. The artist explained to the invited guests how he had arrived at his theme of abstract photography with the aid of the blurring technique. The key question of “How can I bring what I have in my head onto a picture" was his guiding idea, as was the idea of leaving viewers enough scope for their own world of thoughts by means of a personal memory. The 25 pictures from Germany and China were not only well received by the guests in attendance on the evening. In a preliminary interview, the artist revealed that some of the motifs now on show in the AutoMuseum provided the background on the video wall at the premier by star violinist Nigel Kennedy in Berlin at the end of last year, which was part of the DRIVE programme of concerts. Those wishing to find out more about the photographer and his pictures are recommended to take a look at the website www.seilenz.de


Collection handover to Caritas Mittagstisch.

5 January 2017. An ecumenical gospel evening was held in the AutoMuseum Volkswagen for the first time in December 2016 under the slogan "Change down a gear". The response was overwhelming, the guests were delighted by the concert which was peppered with short prayers, as well as by the atmosphere in the AutoMuseum. This was apparent not only from the amount of applause and community singing, but also in the generous donations made. The proceeds of €513.50 have now been handed over to Rüdiger Schingale at Caritas Mittagstisch meal provision service in Wolfsburg. Rev. Thomas Hoffmann and provost Ulrich Lincoln were – as impressed as everyone else – by the amount collected: Thank you for that. Choirmaster Paul Gerhard Blüthner encouraged everyone to think about a follow-up and the AutoMuseum team is happy to oblige!


25 years of Stiftung AutoMuseum Volkswagen.

5 January 2017. A quarter of a century ago or more precisely, on 1 January 1992, the former Volkswagen Museum (founded 26 April 1985) became a charitable foundation. To mark this occasion, the local Chamber of Commerce in Lüneburg-Wolfsburg presented a certificate that will be on display in the AutoMuseum in future. The first chairman of the board of the foundation was Dr Bernd Wiersch, followed by Horst Beilharz, Dirk-Michael Conradt and Eberhard Kittler.