The Volkswagen Beetle’s long life is among the crucial elements that makes it so considerable, and also yet VW truly didn’t plan for it to stay in manufacturing for as long. The firm started creating followers as early as the 1950 s, yet they were never ever constructed. Volkswagen of America lately wrapped up a few of these models that wound up at a stumbling block, and also it’s an interesting take a look at VWs that may have been.
Mid-1950 s recommended Beetle follower
As early as the mid-1950 s, Volkswagen was servicing a follower to the Beetle, which was currently greater than 10 years of ages. This model, EA47-12, reveals styling that’s extensively modern, although it’s not almost as chrome-laden as the period’s Detroit layouts. This auto was penciled by the Italian style residence Ghia, which describes its similarity to the Karmann Ghia sporting activities coupe.
VW’s Mini prior to the Mini
Additionally in the mid-1950 s, Volkswagen was explore an even-smaller, city-sized design to be placed listed below the Beetle. This model, EA48, took a totally various tack from the Beetle with front-wheel drive and also a front-mounted 0.7-liter air-cooled, flat opposed, two-cylinder engine production 18 horse power. The BMC Mini, a car of comparable dimension and also design, would certainly enter into manufacturing a couple of years later on, its wild appeal showing the rightness of the principle. The homemade designing of this VW provides one an also better recognition of Sir Alec Issigonis’s Mini style.
Stillborn 1960 VW Beetle substitute
The years of the 1960 s was the one that saw the Beetle’s biggest success in regards to sales quantity, and also it additionally was when the auto came to be a social symbol. At the dawn of the years, the design’s substitute apparently axed at the l lth hr, after prep work of its setting up line currently had actually started and also 200 models constructed. According to VW, the EA97 model, which had a 1.1-liter engine, was been afraid also enclose principle to the Kind 3, and also undoubtedly there is a solid similarity to the Kind 3 notchback.
VW Kind 3 cabriolet
The Volkswagen Kind 3 sports car and also squareback wagon were launched in1961 This cabriolet body design was additionally recommended yet was nixed apparently because of concerns that it would certainly cannibalize sales from the Karmann Ghia cabriolet. Much more’s the pity.
Ferdinand Piëch takes a swing
Lengthy prior to he came to be the megalomaniacal chairman of the Volkswagen Team in 1993, Ferdinand Piëch, the grand son of Ferdinand Porsche, was a designer struggling away at Porsche. There, he led the group that helped in the advancement of EA266 This hatchback included a very uncommon design with a mid-mounted engine: a water-cooled 1.6-liter four-cylinder situated under the back seat. It was installed longitudinally with the transaxle behind, driving the back wheels. The VW Bunny may have been a really various– and also much weirder– auto if Piëch had actually been additionally up the food cycle in the late 1960 s.
Not fairly the Bunny
With the EA276 principle of 1969, Volkswagen was obtaining near to the formula of the auto that inevitably did well the Beetle, the VW Bunny, yet it had not been fairly there. This hatchback used a front-mounted engine and also a front-wheel-drive design, yet that engine was still an air-cooled 4, not the water-cooled engine that inevitably discovered its means under the hood. Oh, and also the style was an unlike the simple-yet-genius form penciled by Giorgetto Giugiaro. Contracting out that job may have been the very best choice VW made.
See completion outcome of this lengthy roadway in the TELEVISION commercial listed below.