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Offline Alex

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Wolfsburg visit - pic heavy
« on: May 12, 2012, 10:45:21 pm »
Facebook friends of mine will already know about this, but I've been driving around Germany this week. So I stopped off in Wolfsburg to do the obligatory Autostadt and VW Museum visits.

Excuse the quality, my camera battery was flat so these are from my iPhone. TBH my camera would've struggled anyway without a tripod.

Started the day with a visit to the Stiftung AutoMuseum Wolfsburg. It's in an old mill or something, so the building looks quite industrial, but it's full of the most interesting cars for Volkswagen nerds. :)

The tour starts with a history of the Volkswagen brand:


Then you get out to the show hall:


Saw this, loved it... more later...




Mexican taxi




A panorama of the air cooled end:


This was the basket for a hot air balloon


Lego


An Oettinger creation - enough girth for you?


Stretch on 345/35s! Hardcore.


Wood and wicker oddities


Miniature VW factory


The original Herbie:


Driveable. Built as a wedding car for a couple in Mexico:


Plastered in stamps:
















Ghia Aigle Coupe - gorgeous concept car this


Want these for my office! Guess it wouldn't be too hard to make them...






Such a cool chess board. Want.


Passat GTI:


G40 high speed test car:


Interior from the above:


And the other side :)


Passat was wrapped in a transparent vinyl showing the names of all of the Volkswagen employees at the time:


Mk2 G40 Cup Car - used and unrestored judging by the interior








Love a glut of Eighties Volkswagens:


The Polo display:


Germans take winter tyres SERIOUSLY.


Oosh.




Difficult to get them all in one shot otherwise:


Random eco concepts:


Same age as me :)


Now as a kid in the Nineties I remember people wearing clothes like this. And I remember this concept car from VW mags at the time. Looks horrendous now.


Token early and late Mk1 pic:




Prototype version shows how the Mk1 Golf could've looked. Eek.


The Volkswagen Student concept car - it's a bit of Mk3 Polo/B3 Passat up front...


...but at the back, it's kinda Renault 5 but that glass tailgate is a little like the up! too.


This is the Chicco - looks a bit like a Mk2 Polo at the front, with a Derby Grille and back end that's a cross between the Mk1 and a breadvan. Made in 1975 so a preview for the Polo at a guess.


One of the museum's most snapped cars. Corrado Cabriolet:




Weird Passat/Corrado/Mk2 Scirocco cross breed thing:




The first front engined, front wheel drive Volkswagen. It's a bit of a spud...


Back to the Mk1:


Odd slammed Jetta development car


6N2 driven by a robot (hence sticker on the bonnet)


Covered in club stickers - should've taken some. Caroline added a comment on it though :)




Cool wall art:


Golf-a-thon:


Many front ends:


Yeah, you can buy them in the gift shop. I did. :)


Onwards then to the Autostadt. This is the more recent development, opened in 2001. The car park was home to a fleet of Golf Blue-e-motions - electric Golfs - recharging. A production version is due in 2014, but it'll be based on a Mk7. These Mk6 versions are being run worldwide to test the drivetrain:


The iconic chimneys - not much going on in the factory at the moment, as they're changing the tooling ready for the start of the Mk7 production run:


This is the huge reception area, with its shops and restaurants. More later:


The Car Collection centre - this is where German and Austrian families come to collect their new cars. They're stored in the glass towers, brought down on an automated lift and handed over on the ground floor here. Pic taken from the Tacho Meter restaurant, which serves the Original VW Currywurst. If you go, you MUST have one. Little known fact - Wolfsburg produces more Currywurst per year than it does Golfs.


The glass towers - no intro needed really. Full of new Volkswagens.




This is the other museum, the ZeitHaus, which is in the Autostadt. It's a glossier place than the Stiftung, and has a different collection of cars. More expensive stuff, but less of the unusual one-offs.




Blingy Beetle was covered in crystals




Cadillac Eldorado Biarritz coupe. Stunning.


You can imagine this being a real revolution back in the Sixties:


Wing shot of the Caddy


Blurry Mk1


Splittie


Audi 50


No introduction needed (I hope)


Miura


DS


Display showing different interpretations of the sports car. E-Type, Capri, Miura and 914.


Nardo W12. Still LOVE this.


And the Golf W12 650 - a Worthersee special which again shouldn't need an intro




Stunning box-fresh Rallye


Lime green Mk1


The museum has a mirrored ceiling


The Beetle, in concept form


Porsche Diesel long before the Cayenne ;)


Me being arty with those mirrored ceilings




The entrance to the Autostadt


Clay up!


And a small clay up! which you could touch


Next room had some jigsaw pieces...


...which you could use to build a car, and they'd talk you through your creation on the screen.


Inside the collection tower - that's the lift picking up one of the cars


Neat touch - the road to the Ritz Carlton simulates road surfaces through the ages. We didn't drive up the road - had to press on to Berlin.


Walking out:




Autohaus Wolfsburg is just the other side of the river.

Offline cheys03

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Re: Wolfsburg visit - pic heavy
« Reply #1 on: May 12, 2012, 11:04:38 pm »
Great photos! Thank you very much for sharing :)
I can't believe there's no Mk2F Polos though

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Re: Wolfsburg visit - pic heavy
« Reply #2 on: May 12, 2012, 11:21:20 pm »
They're there somewhere, but not on display. I was a but gutted too, was at least hoping for a G40 Genesis :)

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Re: Wolfsburg visit - pic heavy
« Reply #3 on: May 12, 2012, 11:52:34 pm »
Awesome pics, nice one!

Gotta go there, looks like an ideal vw geeks day out!

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Re: Wolfsburg visit - pic heavy
« Reply #4 on: May 12, 2012, 11:58:48 pm »
Maybe the Mk3s are on display in Spain?

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Re: Wolfsburg visit - pic heavy
« Reply #5 on: May 13, 2012, 12:38:31 am »
I suspect it was missed out because it's a facelift, not a new model. No 9Ns or 6Rs in there either...

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Re: Wolfsburg visit - pic heavy
« Reply #6 on: May 13, 2012, 10:15:12 am »
Fantastic shots !

really makes me want to visit

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Re: Wolfsburg visit - pic heavy
« Reply #7 on: May 13, 2012, 10:34:22 am »
Absolutely great photos alex! thannks for sharing!

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Re: Wolfsburg visit - pic heavy
« Reply #8 on: May 13, 2012, 02:16:10 pm »
thanksfoe sharing alex cant wait till i get a chance to go my self!

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Re: Wolfsburg visit - pic heavy
« Reply #9 on: May 13, 2012, 07:40:01 pm »
awesome read and loved all the photos, wish i could visit one day :) thanks.

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Re: Wolfsburg visit - pic heavy
« Reply #10 on: May 14, 2012, 10:10:37 am »
great photos Alex.  I really need to visit that place.   

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Re: Wolfsburg visit - pic heavy
« Reply #11 on: May 14, 2012, 10:40:28 pm »
Top pics Alex. As Hayesey says, I keep saying I'm going to have to go. I want some of those tinted clusters from the Corrado Cab for our Corrado.

How much does this look like a 911. I had to look twice.