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Vintage! The VW Beetle | drive it

It sounds a bit strange for a popular family car like the Volkswagen Beetle to be outfitted with a roll bar, bucket seats and a racing harness. But the first souped-up VW Bugs hit the roads in Germany as early as 1951.Drive it! got a chance to take a specially-tuned, vintage rallye Beetle out for a spin - and discovered that roll bars, bucket seats and racing seat belts are more than welcome in a Bug that can do 170 km/h.


 


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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! The VW Beetle | Drive it!
Marcus Diamand turned his old 1200 VW Beetle from the 1967 to 1973 period into a "Sport Bug". Its 1.8-liter engine yields 90 horsepower give it a top speed of 180 kilometers an hour. The other modifications are inconspicuous: slightly wider wheels and a lower chassis. That's all for the fleet sportster in orange. More drive it: http://www.dw.de/program/drive-it/s-9690-9798





Vintage: Hebmüller Convertibles - Borgward Hansa 1500 and VW Beetle | drive it
The Borgward Hansa 1500 was unveiled at the Geneva Motor Show in 1949. It blew away the German competition from the likes of Opel and Mercedes. They only had models based on old, pre-war models from the 30s in their sales lots.The Hansa was produced as a sedan, station wagon, box van and even a four-door luxury convertible, with a Hebmüller car body. The same manufacturer also transformed the VW Beetle into an iconic convertible. We take a look at the two heavenly creations from the 50s.





Vintage! Porsche-powered Karmann Ghia | Drive it!
Jochen Bader's Karmann Ghia RS is one of a kind. It's part Volkswagen, part Porsche and a whole lot of fun. He took the sporty body of a 1970 Karmann Ghia and pumped it full of Porsche technology. The result is a Ghia with an output of 321 horsepower and a top speed of more than 300 kilometers an hour. Drive it! home page: http://www.dw.de/program/drive-it/s-9690-9798





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