The moon landing was no doubt the most pioneering event of 1969. But what Volkswagen and Porsche came out with that year also looked to many sports car lovers like something out of this world. The VW-Porsche 914 polarized people -- and still does today. Some consider the car a rotten compromise, others a true maverick. Still the numbers speak for themselves -- some 120-thousand 914s were built, making it the first mid-engine car to rack up six-digit sales figures.
Vintage! Porsche 911S | drive it!
The 911 is THE iconic sports car and the raspy note from its air-cooled engine became its trademark.Two years after the 911 hit the showrooms, Porsche came out with the even more powerful 911S. Under the hood was a 2 liter motor pumping out 160 PS. It was enough to take car and driver to a top speed of over 220 km/h. The original design from 1963 was the work of Ferdinand Alexander Porsche, who was just 28 years old at the time. The car's timeless silhouette still catches the eye today and provides the blueprint for all 911s that followed.
Vintage - the Honda S800 | drive it!
Our car tester Christoph Bauer takes a trip back in time with a real automotive milestone from the 1960s: the Honda S800. Its elegant contours are reminiscent of classic British roadsters like the Triumph TR 4 or MG B. But the ride factor in this baby is more medieval than modern, thanks in particular to the solid axle at the back.That said: even by today's standards, a ride in the Honda S800 really is something special. No other car could coax so much power and fun out of a 0.8-liter capacity.
vintage! The Karmann Ghia | drive it!
It is a heartbreaker of a car, a real dreamboat and possibly the most beautiful VW ever built. However the sporty coupe does have one small drawback. Its design is far racier than its driving performance.The first Ghias were fitted wtih 30 horsepower VW Beetle engines, while later models got 50 horsepower motors. Still, when the Karmann Ghia was introduced back in 1955 this was more than enough to keep vehicles like the Goggomobil and BMW Isetta in check. During it's close to 20 years in production, some 443,000 Ghias were sold. Today this classic car has nothing left to prove. We take a relaxing drive in this stylish milestone of automotive history.
vintage: Mercedes C111 | drive it!
More than forty years ago, car lovers the world over watched as the Mercedes C 111 rounded the track. Presented in 1969 as a two-seater with a fiberglass body and Wankel engine under its hood, the C 111 created a real stir in the motor world. True to the Mercedes motto"only the best is good enough,"it was developed almost to the point of going into series production.The C111 was widely praised for its unusual design, but the 1973 oil crisis blocked it from getting onto the road. The Wankel engine was thirsty, not thrifty, so the car was sent out to the track instead. drive it! recalls a much-loved model that never made it into the showroom.
Porsche 914 motor in een 1303 kever uit 1975 - Eerste keer starten
De eerste keer starten van een Porsche 914 motor nadat deze is ingebouwd in een Volkswagen 1303 kever uit 1975. De motor heeft voorheen in een Karmann Ghia gezeten. Zoals je kan horen moet de motor nog flink afgesteld worden, maar hij loopt wel! Meer informatie over deze kever vind je op www.VWkever.com en dan de knop "Wims 75er kever".
Heb je zelf een Volkswagen 1302 of 1303? Kijk dan op www.Superbeetles.nl!
The first start of a Porsche 914 engine after it is built into a 1303 Volkswagen Beetle from 1975. The engine has previously been used in a Karmann Ghia. More information about this beetle can be found at www.VWkever.com and then "Wims 75er Kever".
Do you have a VW 1302 or 1303? Please check www.Superbeetles.nl!
examine it! 60 Years of the VW Camper Van | drive it!
In the 1950s and 60s, Germans started flocking to Italy on holiday in their cars. Back then, Volkswagen introduced a VW Bus complete with camping box that was ideally suited to the trip.For sixty years, VW's Bulli vans have been much loved--and are also available as camper vans. drive it! turns back the clock and takes a trip through the Alps in the original camper van model.
0-60 in a 2.5L Porsche 914
We test the real world 0-60 time of a modified 4-cylinder Porsche 914. This Porsche has got a 2550cc Flat 4-cylinder engine with dual Weber carbs.
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