While we were in the area, we stopped by the VW Auto-Museum. Located not far from the factory, it made for a hell of an end to a great day.
When you enter the museum, you go down a long hallway filled with pictures of the history of VW. Once you turn the corner to the car room, the first thing that hits you is Hitler's '38 KDF.
Hitler's '38 next to a '49 Hebmeuller. COOL!
Check out the Empi Imp. It happened to be Joe Vittone's! Carl Han bought it from Joe after sitting in it at the 1969 Frankfurt Auto Show. It has been on display ever since. If your not familar with Mr. Vittone, he was the man who started EMPI, owned Econo Motor's and the Inch Pincher 1&2.
Do you remember the sixties advertisement that had the car with the wrought iron body? There it is! The craftsmanship was unbelievable. The write-up said everything is fully operable.
Here you're looking at a set of '63 single cab's. One is a ladder fire truck and the other is regular old single cab.
The Swimmingwagen was way cool! If you look in the background you can see a Kublewagen and a troop carrier. The carrier had tank tracks instead of rear wheels.
This Oval was the 1,000,000 beetle off the assembly line in Wolfsburg. It was on display at the factory until it came to live at the museum.
A German Herbie. How cool is that?
This Golf was totally stripped with the parts being displayed. It's pretty amazing how much work goes into building a new car.
Here is something pretty cool, a '63 Notch Back and a '60 prototype Notch Back.
Finally, there is a section of the museum that changes around periodically. When we were there they had New Beetle's that were painted really wild. The cool thing was, they were all from America! Remember the New Beetle had just come out and wasn't available in Europe yet. You might even have seen some of these in a mag or at a show.
If you ever get a chance to get by the VW Factory and Museum TAKE IT! My wife took a lot more pictures than you see here. I tried to pick a nice variety and still keep it somewhat short.