Archive 2020

Archive 2020.


Beetle of the AutoMuseum model for Playmobil.

September/October 2020. In cooperation with Volkswagen Zubehör GmbH, the Playmobil company from Zirndorf in Franconia has now developed two Volkswagen models: A VW-Bulli and a 1960s folding roof beetle, which was inspired by an exhibit of the AutoMuseum Volkswagen named Charlotte. So it is only logical that Charlotte was present at the Nuremberg exhibition centre to present the two new eye-catchers. The event was organised by Playmobil exclusively for trade visitors and potential dealers. They were very impressed by the detailed and very original implementation en minature. The AutoMuseum, which in cooperation with its colleagues from Accessories, "takes a close look" at almost all models and describes any necessary modifications, played a major role in this. The two latest creations from Playmobil allow you to do your own "handicrafts" by screwing on the wheels and the roof. They will be available in specialist shops probably in the middle of January 2021 and have already met with a hugely positive response.


TAS-Golf made ready for exhibition.

26 August 2020. A largely unknown vehicle enriches the permanent exhibition of the AutoMuseum - a 1982 Golf J GL, which was donated by the Jovic family from Bosnia-Herzegovina in early 2017. The car was used for decades in hard everyday life and was accordingly worn out. It was only EDAG, a company associated with the AutoMuseum, who thankfully ventured to carry out the partial restoration, whereby a great deal of patina and contemporary flair such as replacement mudguards and roof racks were deliberately retained. The Golf, which cost 246,071 dinars (= DM 12,654.03) at the time, came from the German-Yugoslavian joint venture production in the TAS factory in Sarajevo. From 1972 until the devastating civil war, Volkswagen models such as the Beetle 1200 J, Golf I and Golf II, but above all the famous Caddy pickup were produced there.


A very rare classic: The double cabin.

4 August 2020. Matador was probably the first car manufacturer to launch a crew cab as early as the early 1950s. At Volkswagen, this achievement was to take until 1958. However, pioneering work was carried out by the Binz company in Lorch, which presented a crew cab on the Bulli chassis as early as 1953. It differed from the later production model by a wider rear side door, which by the way was hinged to the loading area. But what was it that made Doka from Volkswagen, launched a few years later, so successful? Thanks to the shortened loading area, the driver's cab could be enlarged and could accommodate up to six people. And anyone who did need more loading space went to specialised body builders who extended it. Even for rough terrain on construction sites, there were factory-fitted competent solutions with M+S tyres and limited slip differentials. Weather protection with tarpaulin and mirrors was also available. This created the ideal transport vehicle for the trade and local authorities, whose existence without the crew cab is still unimaginable today. What counts for the worldwide fan community, however, is that the model only accounted for five percent of the total volume of first-generation bullis, most of which are worn out during their years of service as load mules. It is therefore more than rare as the fire brigade version in the current special show "All-rounder." This exhibit is now privately owned and has been extensively restored.


Classic in the Bulli show: The Hippie Bus.

27 July 2020. The Volkswagen Transporter or better Bulli became a star in its segment from a standing start. In addition to the many variants in which the company offered it, there were numerous private conversions of its kind, particularly in the 1960s. The many models, some of which were garishly painted, stood out in particular. To this day, they bear witness to the emerging hippie cult of a new unconformist generation of young Europeans and Americans who vehemently stood up for peace and freedom. With their colourful vehicles they followed the hippie trail from Katmandu via India to Goa. In the special show "Allrounders", the chapter of the so-called Flower Power children is taken up with a loan from the Belgian Volkswagen importer, a lovingly restored 1967 camper with Pril flower décor. The design, created on the computer using modern means, was then printed on foil and glued on. In the in-house museum in Brussels, the D'Iteren Gallery, the exhibit is one of the most popular Selfie-Points. It also enjoys admired glances at the Volkswagen AutoMuseum. The D'Iteren collection can be viewed by groups on request: Numerous other hippie conversions followed worldwide - both T1 and T2 based.


Small car show depot in Einbeck.

18 July 2020. 2,500 vehicles are on display at the PS.SPEICHER automobile and motorcycle museum in Einbeck - near Göttingen, not far from the A7 motorway - which is well worth seeing and has opened the first of its vehicle depots to the public. Further depots will follow in the course of the summer. The two-storey building, which has now been opened for viewing, is not just a storage facility, but as a show depot it shows a cross-section of the world of micro-mobiles in a lovingly staged and expertly commented manner. Around 200 small cars (including some e-mobiles) are on display, as well as a hall full of barn finds. The vehicles were collected over five decades by the museum's founder Karl-Heinz Rehkopf. His PS.SPEICHER is also the lender for some of the exhibits in the special exhibition "Alleskönner" in the AutoMuseum Volkswagen. Bookings for the guided tours of the small car depot can be made at: https://ps-speicher.regiondo.de/kategorien.


The crowning glory of engine construction.

16 July 2020. After the AutoMuseum's technology book on the engines of the transition period from the Beetle to the Golf ("Generation Change"), which was received with approval by the experts, an illustrious circle of contemporary witnesses is now preparing the next work: It is all about the high-tech petrol engines from Volkswagen that caused a sensation at the time, starting with the multi-valve and injection engines, through turbocharging, to the compact VR and W engines. The latter chapter is now taking shape, especially as the main stages of development can be viewed in the form of original exhibits in the AutoMuseum's engine cabinet. Thanks to the kind support of the Friends of the Volkswagen Group and various specialist departments, exciting know-how from the 1980s to the 2000s is presented here - from the very first RV6 with a displacement of 2.0 litres (the name was only changed to VR in the case of the 2.4-litre) and various VR6 diesels through to the W16 and W18. Volkswagen thus successfully made the leap into the luxury and luxury class. Even motorsport applications in Formula 1 have been targeted. The plant is scheduled for release in the course of 2021.


Preparation of the next special exhibition in full swing.

6 July 2020. The AutoMuseum has set itself a very complex topic for the next special exhibition: Volkswagen's four-wheel drive expertise. Here, too, the Wolfsburg-based company has democratised high-tech, as various models from the Volkswagen brand's passenger car and van ranges are offered with traction-enhancing four-wheel drive. Longitudinally or transversely installed engines require different solutions - Torsen is found in longitudinal installation, Syncro and currently Haldex in cars with transverse engines. Together with members of the AutoMuseum circle of friends, the search for suitable exhibits is currently underway, with some components even being stored in the museum's own warehouse. The solutions are particularly diverse and can be found in the transporter generations II to VI. The latest new findings on the Syncro system, which was used in the almost forgotten Biagini Passo, among others, are also astounding - here contemporary witnesses provide the background. The special exhibition is scheduled to run in the first half of 2021 at the AutoMuseum Volkswagen and will show vehicles and technical exhibits of the Volkswagen brand. 


For tinkerer: The Puzzles of the AutoMuseum shop.

29 May 2020. Puzzles are currently enjoying a growing popularity. Would you also like to follow this trend - whether on the terrace on summer days or in your own four walls on dirty weather? Then we recommend our jigsaw puzzles with beetle and van motifs. Putting the colourful motifs together is a challenge that is fun. The 1000-piece puzzles with many small motifs cost € 14.90, as a panorama puzzle € 15.90. If you have any questions about the articles or would like to place an order, please send an e-mail to: info@automuseum-volkswagen.de. We are happy to ship against advance payment and a postage fee of 7,- € (Germany-wide) and 18,- € (European-wide).


Shop: Special summer offers for outdoor.

May 29, 2020. Summer is just around the corner. For all those who like to spend their time outdoors, the AutoMuseum Volkswagen shop offers two special accessories: Are you thinking of a family outing to the countryside? Then our picnic blanket made of high-quality Fliess with a Bulli motif is just the thing for a break in between. The classic, which is available in red and blue, makes the heart of the VW enthusiast beat faster. And on top of that, the blanket in the size 200 x 150 cm is practical with its coated and wipeable underside and the matching bag for stowing and carrying. And if you are planning to go to the sea or just go to the outdoor pool, you should also have the beach towel with the T1 motif in your bag. With a size of 160 x 90 cm, it is perfect for sunbathing and a real eye-catcher. The quality made of 100% cotton is convincing. Prices:

Picnic blanket 37,- € - beach towel 29,90 €.

If you have any questions about the articles or if you would like to order, please send an e-mail to: info@automuseum-volkswagen.de. We ship against advance payment and a postage fee of 7,- € (Germany-wide) and 18,- € European-wide).


The fastest Diesel of the world: the ARVW.

8 May 2020. 1980 the silver-grey ARVW (Aerodynamics Research Volkswagen) swept over the circuit in Nardo in southern Italy at 360 km/h. The fastest lap was 362.07 km/h - a world record at the time, but not at all the goal of the Volkswagen technicians and engineers who were pursuing it with the car. The research project focused on the reduction of fuel consumption - at that time already an important criterion in automotive engineering - by means of an aerodynamically optimised body: To what extent can the drag coefficient (cW) be reduced and can the results be transferred to the development of production models? The guideline value for vehicles of this type was cW = 0.15, the ARVW achieves an exemplary cW = 0.11. At the same time, it was necessary to guarantee essential driving characteristics such as directional stability and the ability to cope with driving forces. The ARVW was equipped with a six-cylinder turbo diesel engine with intercooling by evaporation of water with 175 hp and 2.4 litres capacity. Here, for example, the cooling of drive units was tested with the lowest possible loss of power. At a speed of 250km/h the ARVW consumed 6l/100 km. Two of these flat round flounders were built, the second one is in the Automobile Museum in Riga.


Beetle-based aerodynamics leader: The Rovomobil.

1 May 2020. In 1976 Eberhardt Scharnowski, engineer and professor at the University of Applied Sciences for Industrial Design in Halle/Saale, made the maiden voyage with his self-designed and built car, the Rovomobil. This was preceded by three years of private development time with his colleague Klaus Arndt and two students. The goal was an aerodynamically advantageous body made of fiberglass plastic - a complex undertaking, as the development process shows. The "substructure" is based on a 1949 Beetle chassis, and to facilitate the design process, a bogie was manufactured which allowed the model body to be worked on equally from all sides for the later shape. For the so-called positive, 30 millimetre thick foam moulded frames were mounted at regular intervals on a light, rigid and torsionally stiff wooden frame. To enable reworking, a layer of plaster up to two centimetres thick, framed by a wire mesh, enclosed the edges of the foam frames. The negative "poured" onto it was made of GRP (made from 100 kg glass textiles, 200 kg resin and 300 kg brown coal briquettes). The lower shell of the Rovomobil body was then screwed onto the modified Type 1 chassis. The rear opening for the boxer engine and transmission remained open to the floor. Afterwards the measurements of the air resistance began. In the absence of a wind tunnel, the measurements were carried out by so-called roll-out tests, visualised by wool threads moved by the airstream. A cW value of 0.2 was calculated - twice as good as that of the Beetle (cW = 0.45). When the border was opened, Scharnowski approached Volkswagen to have his car professionally tested in the company's wind tunnel. The visible flow pattern adapted to the line of the Rovomobil once again illustrates the car's good aerodynamics, the exact measured value being cW = 0.237. This made the Rovomobil one of the front-runners in terms of good aerodynamics in automotive engineering at the time. In 1990 - 30 years ago - the scientist, who died in 2017, donated his car to the Volkswagen AutoMuseum. Here it is preserved as an ingenious pioneering achievement - side by side with the former negative mould and various design documents, which the Scharnowski family has made available on loan.


Yellow Speed - the prototype of 100 serial models.

24 April 2020. In 2005, the Golf yellow speed and the Golf orange speed appeared in a small series of 100 vehicles each. The brilliantly shimmering colours with the melodious names "giallo midas" and "arancio borealis" originate from Lamborghini and were applied in four layers. One of three prototypes, a Golf yellow speed, is standing in the Volkswagen AutoMuseum. The project was initiated by what is now the Volkswagen Academy. For the first time, selected trainees were able to contribute their own ideas for refining a Golf and to accompany and implement the process from development to series production, through production to marketing. In doing so, they drew on details of the sporty Golf variants. Visually, the car's dynamics were spiced up by components of the R32 such as the exhaust system with centrally positioned double tailpipe and the cherry-red rear lights. Other eye-catching features include the shiny chrome-plated radiator grille and exterior mirrors, as well as the rear spoiler and 18-inch light-alloy wheels. For aesthetic reasons, the rear window wiper has been omitted, a unique selling point of the small series. The interior of the Golf GTI features numerous refined refinements, such as the leather sports seats with colour-coordinated decorative stitching and the sports steering wheel, which is a particular highlight of exclusivity: The model name and the guaranteed item number (1 of 100) are engraved in the steering wheel clasp. On the museum specimen, however, it says "pre-series model", which clearly underlines the prototype character. Of the two engine versions that can be ordered, it is equipped with the 2.0 litre TDI engine with 140 PS (103 kW). Alternatively, the speed was available with a 2.0 litre FSI unit and 150 PS (110 kW). The fact that Golf yellow and orange speed still enjoy great popularity today is demonstrated by the small but select fan community that cherishes and cares for their vehicles, which have already become classics. Two years ago she visited the AutoMuseum Volkswagen. The two engine versions that can be ordered are equipped with the 2.0 litre TDI engine with 140 PS (103 kW). Alternatively, the speed was available with a 2.0 litre FSI engine and 150 PS (110 kW). The fact that Golf yellow and orange speed still enjoy great popularity today is demonstrated by the small but select fan community that cherishes and cares for their vehicles, which have already become classics. Two years ago she visited the AutoMuseum Volkswagen.


Lamborghini Chiron W12.

17 April 2020. Between 1990 and 2001, the Italian noble smithy had the Diablo in its range, which had followed the legendary Countach. The sleek two-seater was fitted with an approximately 500 hp V12, which had a displacement of around 6.0 litres - enabling it to achieve 320 km/h. The body, made of light metal and carbon fibre, sat on a tubular frame. 3000 units left the assembly lines. In 1998 the Volkswagen Group took over the sports car manufacturer - and discontinued the independent W12 sports car development in favour of the Italian. On the basis of a partially dismantled Lambo Diablo, which had come to Wolfsburg for testing purposes, six mechatronics trainees and coach Niko Nikolitis built this unique car. There was never a corporate order, let alone the serious idea of bringing the W12 to Lamborghini in the future - this is a well-done finger exercise. It is pure coincidence that the name Chiron would be used by Bugatti much later. Mudguards, bumpers, front cover, interior and control panel were newly created, the technology came from VW. The W12 engine, the 5-step IF automatic, rear lights and electronics came from the Phaeton, the Golf controlled the steering wheel and drive shafts for the rear wheel drive. And the Passat CC provided the LED lights. Countless other parts are homemade.


Engine designer Franz Hauk died.

12 April 2020. The special exhibition "Generation Change", which described the changeover from air-cooled boxers to water-cooled in-line engines, ran until early March in the AutoMuseum. The technician responsible for the new Group unitary engine EA 827 (which in a further developed form now runs as EA 888) and the smaller EA 801 (now installed in millions of vehicles throughout the Group as EA 288) was Audi engine boss Dipl.-Ing. Franz Hauk. He was born on October 18, 1925 in Neuburg on the Danube. He had originally designed truck engines at Henschel and Mercedes before he started working for Audi in October 1964 as head of engine design. From 1987, he was head of engine development for the entire group. First he made the M118 four-stroke engine ready for series production, then he developed the EA 827, which replaced all parallel developments in the newly established group. Franz Hauk) who enjoyed the goodwill of former Audi technical directors Ludwig Kraus and Ferdinand Piech, was considered a collegial type internally. The long-standing engine boss retired in 1991. He died on Easter Sunday in his Bavarian homeland.


Rar loan: The Meyers Manx Buggy.

10 April 2020. Under the motto "Fun with Volkswagen" the Americans were very inventive. So the Buggy cult began in the late 1960s, initially by converting old, sawed-up beetles into beach cars. But aesthetic aspects came soon to the fore, as the Californian company Meyer's Manx was the first to show, and put a specially styled fun body made of plastic on a shortened Type 1 chassis. Numerous other manufacturers such as Empi, Apal or Karmann followed, as the Hippie cult soon spread to Europe and Germany. The Buggy on display in the permanent exhibition until the summer is an early example of Meyers Manx, the creator of the idea, built in 1968. The loan was extensively and, as far as the bodywork is concerned, faithfully restored. So the current owner used the originally used GelCoat (no paint) for the application of the paint (Royal Blue). Technically the car, like many lightly tuned buggies, stands out from the Beetle: Its boxer engine with double carburetor has about 100 hp at two litres capacity. The instruments come from the Porsche 911.


Karmann legend Willi Schwebe died.

9 April 2020. Wilhelm "Willi" Schwebe, born on 26 November 1927, was chief designer at Wilhelm Karmann GmbH in Osnabrück. There he played a decisive role in the design and development of the VW Karmann Ghia Type 14, which left the production lines between 1955 and 1974 as a coupé and convertible in a total of 443,482 units. The automotive engineer was also responsible for other vehicles such as the large Type 34. In the 1970s, he took care of the all-steel body of the Type 53 VW Scirocco, the most successful sports coupé at Volkswagen. By the time production ceased in 1981, 543,501 units had been built at Karmann. After his retirement, Willi Schwebe was a welcome guest speaker at Karmann meetings. Here is a picture of a meeting with Scirocco lover Jasmin Keilhuhn (photo: Mona Heppert), and just last year he took part in the so called the Whitsun cruise of a Scirocco enthusiast at the area of Osnabrueck. (photo: Maik Sonntag). A few years ago, he also visited the Volkswagen AutoMuseum Foundation as part of a Karmann club meeting and shared some of his wealth of experience as a design engineer during a tour of the exhibition. On 9 April 2020, he fell asleep peacefully in Georgsmarienhütte with his family.


The Amarok Competition - a special single model.

3 April 2020. Many of our visitors have already marvelled at it: the Amarok Competition, a one-off that was created in cooperation with the Seikel company in 2015. Seikel has been an expert in the development of off-road components for Volkswagen commercial vehicles for decades. So it was only logical that the two companies should work together, a collaboration that has been successful since the 1980s. The Competition, a double-cab version (affectionately known as the "Colourful Cow") is 70 millimetres higher than the standard Amarok. The rally version has the roll cage typical of a race car and features an elaborate rear axle, 17-inch wheels and a wheel spacer. The small pick-up has been in production since 2010, initially in Argentina - on the South American continent it also made its debut as a support vehicle at the Dakar Rally in the same year. Since 2012 the car has also been manufactured in Hanover.


New at the AutoMuseum - VW 412 LS Variant.

27 March 2020. Thanks to the generous donation of the first owner - the Swiss Dr. Rolf von Moos - the AutoMuseum now owns an excellently preserved VW 412 LS Variant. The station wagon, painted in Marino yellow, left the Salzgitter plant in April 1974 shortly before production ceased. The two-circuit and handbrake control lamp (M050) and the heated rear window (M102) were ordered as optional extras. The car's 1.8-liter flat engine (carburetor version) produced 85 hp - a real statement at the time! Thanks to the two trunks, it held almost two cubic metres of cargo, which was also a record in those days. The vehicle is a wonderful addition to the two 412 LE with injection engines, which have already found a new home in the AutoMuseum. 


Details to the special exhibition "All-rounders". - virtual tour.

20. March 2020. unfortunately the AutoMuseum remains closed for the time being due to the Corona crisis. To give you, dear prevented visitors, an insight into the exhibition, we show some details - more shall follow. Our partner "Driving Times" has made a film about the exhibition. Please click here: driving-times.com/2020/03/17/automuseum-wolfsburg-sonderausstellung-alleskoenner-70-jahre-bulli-republik-deutschland/ And here is the link to the video on the Youtube channel:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8X-UzRDVy_I In addition there are some technical photos of the Bulli T1 and its competitors from the time of the economic miracle. You can see the ground installations of T1, DKW Schnellaster and Tempo Matador. The Bulli, the Tempo and the Goliath in action are also shown.


Exhibtion opening due to Bulli anniversary.

12 March 2020. 70 years ago, the first VW Bulli rolled off the assembly lines at the Wolfsburg Volkswagen plant (production in Hanover did not start until six years later). To mark this anniversary, the AutoMuseum Volkswagen is dedicating a special exhibition to the early product history of light commercial vehicles. The T1 generation ran until 1967 (followed by the no less iconic T2). Around 60 invited guests came to the opening of the special exhibition to admire the exhibits provided by various lenders. A special feature of the exhibition were the six vans from competitors such as Goliath, Lloyd, DKW and Tempo in comparison with the T1 from Volkswagen. The concept was well received by the public. After a short welcome and introduction to the history of the van by Eberhard Kittler, the museum's director, curator Eckberth von Witzleben gave a short story about almost every exhibit. And the present lenders reported how and why they came to their treasures. The evening ended with shop talk over original VW Currywurst.


Chico und Futura as automotive utopias at the Autostadt.

5 March 2020. As part of the series "What moves us tomorrow", the Autostadt will be showing automotive utopias until the beginning of May 2020. The AutoMuseum Volkswagen is supporting this with three exhibits: the computer-controlled, self-parking Futura with further pioneering driver assistance devices, the Chico, which is already equipped with a digital navigation device and head-up display - both of which were developed three decades ago - and the Nils one-person study from 2009. Nils is an electric vehicle that represents the future of micro-mobility in urban areas. Curator Anne-Kathrin Winkler-Hans did not miss the opportunity to personally introduce Eberhard Kittler and Susanne Wiersch from the Volkswagen AutoMuseum Foundation to the exhibition concept, which begins with the presentation of the DeLorean. This classic car is likely to be well remembered by an entire generation from the film "Back to the Future". The full length of the Autostadt will be presented along with six other vehicle-canvas heroes who can talk or fly. Parallel to this, numerous film posters with the rolling stars on four wheels (including "Herbie") will be shown. Further information can be found at www.autostadt.de


Depots of the PS.Speicher in Einbeck opens in July 2020.

17 February 2020. The PS.Speicher Einbeck, with which the Stiftung AutoMuseum has already cooperated successfully on several occasions, plans to surprise its visitors shortly by opening four of its depots in downtown Einbeck, which are optimally filled with exhibits. With this, the PS.Speicher colleagues set a trend that others will probably follow. A total of 1200 motorcycles, 630 cars and mini-cars (including a section of Volkswagen derivatives worth seeing) as well as 200 trucks, buses and tractors of almost all brands will be on display from mid-July onwards as a supplement to the exhibition in the main building. Accompanied 90-minute tours are offered. Via a reservation system on www.ps-speicher.de or via e-mail entdeckung@ps-speicher.de the respective access dates ("time slots") can be booked shortly. Each depot costs an additional 10 euros entrance fee, but this seems justified in view of the abundance on offer - as it turned out during an advance visit by the AutoMuseum team from Wolfsburg.


Learning from the neighbour.

28 January 2020. The Volkswagen AutoMuseum team traditionally visits a cultural or museum-related institution in Wolfsburg and the region once a year. This year, the Wolfsburg Science Center phaeno was on the agenda. After an impressive three-quarter hour guided tour, which introduced the visitors to the architecture of the building designed by Zaha Hadid, they went to the experimental stations. It was noticeable that science and art always harmonize in both the facade and the interior design. The AutoMuseum staff paid special attention to the new balance tunnel and the thermal imaging screen that had recently been added to the exhibition. Even though the phaeno does not resemble a traditional museum like the AutoMuseum in its overall concept, such a visit always invites visitors to discover ideas for their own home.


Traditioal New Year's reception 2020.

21 January 2020. 90 invited guests, including two curators from the foundation, accepted the invitation of the AutoMuseum Volkswagen to the traditional New Year's reception. Once again Eberhard Kittler, member of the board of directors of the house, welcomed the audience with a special "feast for the ears". For this purpose, the Mike Hailwood replica, which is on display at the current Ducati exhibition, was specially brought on stage and started. The sound of the motorcycle dominated everything. Afterwards, the owner of the Ducati-Collection gave interesting facts about the bikes and the Italian cult manufacturer. This was followed by the quite impressive review of 2019 with a record number of 26. 358 visitors. The past year was significantly influenced by the preparation of Volkswagen's engine history from the mid-1960s to the early 1970s: The current major special show "Generational Change" will be telling about this until 1 March. Other highlights of the museum, which for some was astonishingly diverse, included art shows such as "Käferland Brazil" and concerts such as that of Volkswagen's Big Band. And just as active and versatile as the old year came to an end, it will continue in the new one - there are enough ideas and visions. This again requires strong support from friends and sponsors. The (private) lenders, the growing circle of friends of the AutoMuseum and of course the energetic and committed team of the museum itself should be mentioned in particular. Many thanks to all of them.