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31 Jul

GDR FER VW Beetle accessory brochureIsn´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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30 Jul

Reuters Beetle brochureI 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.

Reuters VW Bus ProspektThe 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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23 Jul

Drews CabrioletThese pictures show the Drews convertible. Drews was a little factory in Wuppertal, Germany. Although the car could be ordered in official Volkswagen dealerships, only 150 of these cars were built. The first and the second picture may be taken at a Motoshow in Rheydt 1949, where the car was presented for the first time.

Only the chassis and a few other parts were taken from the beetle. The rest especially the aluminium body was hand made and took 1000 hours of work.

Drews Cabriolet Drews Cabriolet Prospekt
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22 Jul

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 :)

22 Jul

Samba Papier ModellThis is an 50s Wilhelmshavener Modellbaubogen of the Möwe Verlags. Please honor the permission of Mr. Siegfried Wolter, CEO of the Möwe Verlag, for the permission to publish this model with a visit of their online-shop.
This model is not so difficult and therefore good for a start, before you try to build the samba model. If you have done ist send me some pictures and I will add them to a gallery.
Here are the files as Zip and as Tar.

22 Jul

Samba Papier ModellThis is an 50s Wilhelmshavener Modellbaubogen of the Möwe Verlags. Please honor the permission of Mr. Siegfried Wolter, CEO of the Möwe Verlags, for the permission to publish this model with a visit of their online-shop.
This is no model for newbies. There is one sheet just for the 4 wheels. If you have done ist send me some pictures and I will add them to a gallery.
Here are the files as Zip and as Tar. Included is an english version of the instructions. Many thanks to David Green from South Africa for the translation.


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17 Jul

KdF-Wagen Sparkarte gelbDie KdF-Wagen sollten 990 Mark kosten. Dies war für die breite Masse der Arbeitnehmer immer noch eine hohe Summe. Es wurde daher untersucht welchen Betrag eine durchschnittliche Familie in der Lage wäre zu sparen. So wurde das Sparsystem ins Leben gerufen, bei dem sich der Käufer verpflichtete jede Woche mindestens eine Marke für 5 Mark zu erwerben. read more »

17 Jul

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 wasn´t part of it. The part of the BIOS report made by Humber is referenced in the text. read more »

15 Jul

BarndoorBarndoor

A registry and a heavy load of information dealing with this very first series of VW buses (1950-1955).

Languages:
english

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: Hebmüller restauration

Languages:
german, english

Uralt VWUralt VW

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.

Languages:
german, english

Karmann 1952

Karmann VW Beetle Convertibles of the first series from 1949-1953. It features a registry and nice picturs and informations.

Languages:
german, english

The Samba

A lot of classifieds, infos, pictures and a large forum.

Languages:
english

beetlebooksbeetlebooks

beetlebooks shows the private collection of one VW maniac. Friends of aircooled VW models will find a wide range of literature.

Languages:
german, english

13 Jul

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