IsnÂ´t it nice to be surprised once in a while? To me it is the major aspect that keeps me collecting VW things. The two brochures are a suprise, because they come from the GDR (formerly socialist eastern part of germany)! Two different companies advertize VW Beetle spare parts and accessories from their own production.
Why did a GDR company build VW parts?
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I remember the day I saw a Reuters brochures for the very first time. It was a Beetle brochure from 1955 shown here to the right. In times when other car companys advertized their economy cars with small leaflets, VW provided these pieces of art to their customers. Thick paper with a spiral binding, pop out pages with transparent films and on the last page a small pocket for the price list.
The icing on the cake are the wonderful illustrations from Bernd Reuters. They made the models racier, roomier and more exclusive than they were in real world and convey a undelible impression of quality. The engagement of Bernd Reuters was a stroke of luck for VW, because he has been a very successful graphic artitst before the second world war. He fashioned brochures for a lot of car companies and made illustrations for front pages of magazins like “das Auto” and “Motor”.
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During the last days I worked on the integration of a Wordpress based Blog system. Wordpress comes along with some pretty nice contentmanagement features as well as a range of powerful plugins. The most obvious advantage is that everybody can write comments on the articles. During the next days I will work on an update of the help pages. Enjoy
Die KdF-Wagen sollten 990 Mark kosten. Dies war fÃ¼r die breite Masse der Arbeitnehmer immer noch eine hohe Summe. Es wurde daher untersucht welchen Betrag eine durchschnittliche Familie in der Lage wÃ¤re zu sparen. So wurde das Sparsystem ins Leben gerufen, bei dem sich der KÃ¤ufer verpflichtete jede Woche mindestens eine Marke fÃ¼r 5 Mark zu erwerben. read more »
This is an internal report of Vauxhall motors from 1947. They investigated a type 11 & type 51.This report was made shortly after the BIOS report, but wasnÂ´t part of it. The part of the BIOS report made by Humber is referenced in the text. read more »
A registry and a heavy load of information dealing with this very first series of VW buses (1950-1955).
Carsten Classics Volkswagenpages
Thies is my number one ressource in questions of accessories for the VW Beetle. The design may be a little bit old fashioned, but the shown items are first class (vice versa for a lot of pages nowadays). Nice: HebmÃ¼ller restauration
This is the home of the revival of the Gute Fahrt 100.000km meeting - Thanks alot for this :). In addition some very nice items are on display.
Karmann VW Beetle Convertibles of the first series from 1949-1953. It features a registry and nice picturs and informations.
A lot of classifieds, infos, pictures and a large forum.
beetlebooks shows the private collection of one VW maniac. Friends of aircooled VW models will find a wide range of literature.