The Truth About Cars » Volkswagen Type 4 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com The Truth About Cars is dedicated to providing candid, unbiased automobile reviews and the latest in auto industry news. Fri, 01 Aug 2014 21:12:49 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.9.1 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 » Volkswagen Type 4 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/themes/ttac-theme/images/logo.gif http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com Junkyard Find: 1972 Porsche 914 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2013/10/junkyard-find-1972-porsche-914/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2013/10/junkyard-find-1972-porsche-914/#comments Tue, 15 Oct 2013 13:00:55 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=623985 While prices of Porsche 911s keep getting crazier, 914s may be found for reasonable sums. Really trashed examples, or even slightly bent ones aren’t worth restoring, and so they end up like this one: parked in a Denver self-service wrecking yard. I found this beat-to-hell crypto-Volkswagen yesterday, and it still has plenty of parts to […]

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13 - 1972 Porsche 914 Down on the Junkyard - Picture courtesy of Murilee MartinWhile prices of Porsche 911s keep getting crazier, 914s may be found for reasonable sums. Really trashed examples, or even slightly bent ones aren’t worth restoring, and so they end up like this one: parked in a Denver self-service wrecking yard.
01 - 1972 Porsche 914 Down on the Junkyard - Picture courtesy of Murilee MartinI found this beat-to-hell crypto-Volkswagen yesterday, and it still has plenty of parts to offer.
08 - 1972 Porsche 914 Down on the Junkyard - Picture courtesy of Murilee MartinVolkswagen? NEIN!
14 - 1972 Porsche 914 Down on the Junkyard - Picture courtesy of Murilee MartinThe engine is still there, and perhaps someone will rescue it.

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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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