The Truth About Cars » Car And Track http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com The Truth About Cars is dedicated to providing candid, unbiased automobile reviews and the latest in auto industry news. Thu, 18 Sep 2014 14:28:03 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.9.2 The Truth About Cars is dedicated to providing candid, unbiased automobile reviews and the latest in auto industry news. The Truth About Cars no The Truth About Cars editors@ttac.com editors@ttac.com (The Truth About Cars) 2006-2009 The Truth About Cars The Truth About Cars is dedicated to providing candid, unbiased automobile reviews and the latest in auto industry news. The Truth About Cars » Car And Track http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/themes/ttac-theme/images/logo.gif http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com Vintage Road Test: 1971 Mercury Marquis, Get Your Dramamine Ready! http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/03/vintage-road-test-1971-mercury-marquis-get-your-dramamine-ready/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/03/vintage-road-test-1971-mercury-marquis-get-your-dramamine-ready/#comments Tue, 15 Mar 2011 12:00:49 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=387343 YouTube user Bajabusta has done us quite a service by uploading so many old Car & Track road tests from the late 1960s and early 1970s. We watched the ’72 Volkswagen 412 exhibit some scary trailing throttle oversteer last week, and now it’s time to watch a classic Detroit land yacht make its stately way […]

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YouTube user Bajabusta has done us quite a service by uploading so many old Car & Track road tests from the late 1960s and early 1970s. We watched the ’72 Volkswagen 412 exhibit some scary trailing throttle oversteer last week, and now it’s time to watch a classic Detroit land yacht make its stately way around a test track.
As the C&T testers found, the ’71 Marquis was a dream during long highway drives, but totally out of its element when called upon to heave its vast bulk around a turn. Since this review was done before the 1973 OPEC embargo, no mention was made of the car’s no-doubt-execrable fuel economy.

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Now A Beetle Owner Has Something To Graduate To: 1973 Volkswagen 412 Road Test http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/03/now-a-beetle-owner-has-something-to-graduate-to-1973-volkswagen-412-road-test/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/03/now-a-beetle-owner-has-something-to-graduate-to-1973-volkswagen-412-road-test/#comments Wed, 09 Mar 2011 22:30:20 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=386778 Volkswagen might feel pretty confident now, but things seemed much scarier for the boys from Wolfsburg back in 1973; the company had milked just about every last drop from the air-cooled/rear-drive platform that had looked so futuristic when they ripped it off from Hans Ledwinka nearly four decades earlier and the verdict was still out […]

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Volkswagen might feel pretty confident now, but things seemed much scarier for the boys from Wolfsburg back in 1973; the company had milked just about every last drop from the air-cooled/rear-drive platform that had looked so futuristic when they ripped it off from Hans Ledwinka nearly four decades earlier and the verdict was still out on the new generation of water-cooled VWs. American car buyers could still buy the Type 4 in 1973, and so Car & Track felt compelled to review it.

It’s impossible to sugarcoat it: the Volkswagen 412 was a dismal failure in the North American marketplace. Zombie-movie-grade body rot problems, chronic overheating difficulties, engine power smogged down to 5 horsepower (well, OK, 76 HP), and scary handling all contributed to low sales, and we don’t even need to bring VW’s early Malaise Era Japanese competition in this discussion, do we? I’ve seen exactly one Type 4 on the street in the last few years, which makes this earnest review by C&T all the more interesting, as we contemplate Volkswagen’s future. Check out the 412′s behavior in the test track’s off-camber turn! Aiiieee!

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