Volkswagen Model Documentation
Beetle to 412, Including Transporter (Boxer Engine Models)
6 5/8 in. x 9 3/8in.
The idea of building a car for the people was not new, but the success
of such models had always been limited. At least until 1946, when the Volkswagen
factory began building the first Beetles for public consumption.
From then on the car just ran and ran. Volkswagen Model Documentation
begins by telling the history of Volkswagen after the war, how the British
under Major Ivan Hirst rescued Porsche's concept from the rubble, and how
Heinrich Nordhoff then steered the company to worldwide success.
Joachim Kuch then examines in detail the genesis and history of each Volkswagen
model, beginning with the Beetle and Cabriolet (Types 1 and 151), through
the Karmann-Ghia (Type 14),
Thing (Type 181), Transporter (Type 2, including
air- and water-cooled, Campmobile and Westfalia), Type 3 (Notchback, Squareback,
Fastback, Ghia), Type 4 (411, 412), and 914 (4- and 6-cylinder). Also included
are separate sections detailing the important dates, changes, and milestones
in each model's production run.
Packed with photographs, quotes from press and test articles of the time,
and information from internal Volkswagen documents, Volkswagen Model
Documentation tells the comprehensive story of the Volkswagen
ISBN: 0-8376-0078-2 (ISBN-10)
ISBN: 978-0-8376-0078-9 (ISBN-13)