70 years of Beetle-based convertibles among the featured displays
European automakers continue to unveil their display plans for Techno Classica, the huge classic car showcase that takes place April 10-14 in Essen, Germany. The latest is Volkswagen, which plans three themed areas at what it considered to be the world’s largest vintage vehicle fair.
VW’s three themed areas will feature record-setting cars, cabriolets and vehicle restoration, with two trainees completing work on a 1968 Type 3 TL during the Essen show, the company said.
In addition, Volkswagen will present show visitors with a 68-page book, “Mission Maximum,” detailing the company’s automotive achievements.
Vehicles to be featured in the display of record setters, in addition to the 1972 1302 S Beetle (above) are:
• The W12 Nardo, which set 10 international speed records on the 10-mile oval at Nardo, Italy, in 2001, and then returned a year later to add a 24-hour average speed record —322.89 km/h (200.6345 mph) — that still stands.
•The Lupo 3L TDI “80 Days,” that in 2000 set a fuel-economy record under the motto, “Around the World in 80 Days” as a pair of the vehicles covered 33,333 kilometers traveling through 22 countries and averaging 2.38 liters per 100 kilometers (98.829 mpg) to gain recognition in the Guinness Book of Records as the most economic production car in the world.
• A 1987 Corrado G60, one of two which in 1988 set six class records at the VW test facility in Ehra-Lessien.
• The SMVW (Volkswagen Ecomobile), a three-wheeler with less than 3/10s of 1 horsepower which traveled 1.491 kilometers on 1 liter of diesel fuel.
• The 1974 Golf I “Alaska-Tierra del Fuego” which, with a Golf I, drove 30,517 kilometers from Fairbanks, Alaska, to Ushuaia, Argentina.
Another special exhibit will be “Summer Forever,” celebrating 70 years of Beetle convertibles and featuring the Volkswagen Hebmuller cabriolet and the oldest Karmann-built cabriolet.
In addition to the above, Volkswagen Classic will show nine vehicles from its collections.
Techno Classica Essen will feature more than 1,250 exhibitors from more than 30 countries. Last year, the fair was attended by 188,000 people from 41 countries.