Events at the AutoMuseum Volkswagen.

The Volkswagen AutoMuseum is in a state of perpetual motion: besides an ever-expanding range of exhibits, there is a constant stream of new and exciting attractions in the form of regular special shows, readings or photo exhibitions. Discover the traditional world of Volkswagen. We look forward to seeing you.

Strong performers. The Best of 40 Years of the GTI.

From 9th June until 18th September 2016 the AutoMuseum Volkswagen dedicates a special exhibition with interesting rarities.

That's the name of the special exhibition to mark the anniversary being run by the Volkswagen AutoMuseum from 9 June to 18 September 2016. In addition to representatives of the seven generations of the GTI, numerous models from the first and second-generation will also be on show – for example, the 1977 four-door concept car from the private collection of Giorgio Giugiaro, a GTI 16S with Oettinger's four valves per cylinder and a Golf 2 Limited model, of which Volkswagen Motorsport built just 71. The exhibition is rounded off by the Golf roadster concept car of 2014 and, of particular interest to the ladies, a fashion collection made of GTI fabrics.

A small team was already working on the future Sport Golf from as early as 1973. In May 1975, the commission then followed to develop the EA 195 and in September of the same year the Golf GTI was unveiled to the public for the first time in Frankfurt. The brochure showed the primal GTI still with a smooth bonnet, italicised GTI insignia and the so-called dovetail rear-end. The original car from 1975 has not survived. This exhibit is a painstakingly made copy.

Golf GTI Prototyp

The four-door Golf GTI did not actually go on sale until 1981. However, there was a very small number of exceptions: Golf designer Giorgio Giugiaro and star conductor Herbert von Karajan, for example, were - at their express wish - each given such a car as early as 1977. The cars were assembled at Karmann in Osnabrück. It is unclear why US bumpers were fitted. Instead of the standard engine with two valves per cylinder, the car shown here was given an Oettinger engine with four-valve cylinder head.

The full-production GTI with four-valve cylinder head originated from an initiative of the French Volkswagen importer – as a reaction to the Renault 5 Alpine Turbo. From 1981 onwards, 1,300 to 1,600 units were shipped to France. The special edition model was customised at Oettinger in Friedrichsdorf, Hesse, where it was equipped with BBS bodykit, ATS Cup wheels (6J x 14"), an optimised five-speed gearbox and the highly responsive 1.6-litre engine, which came from motorsport.

There was a surprise at the seventh International Wörthersee Meet in 1988 – this 'flying object'! Made of plastic, the hollow object was based on a GTI 16V and had been laminated by hand in under six weeks. It weighed 120 kg and had cost around 20,000 DM to make. Suspended from a white-blue kite, it was pulled high above the lake by a motorboat. After a quarter of an hour, the flying Golf landed back down on the lake and was brought ashore in Reifnitz to great applause.

It was built only in 1989 and only 71 were ever made: the so-called 'Limited' from VW Motorsport. Like the GTI G60, it had a scroll-type surpercharger, intercooler and Digifant injection system. Plus, it had four-valve technology. The drive system was as standard all-wheel drive. In contrast to the Golf Rallye, the Golf Limited was strikingly slim. With its pale blue trim and single light fittings, it was regarded as the 'King of the GTIs', although it never officially bore that name. Excellently equipped, the four-door car cost a full 68,500 DM.

At first the roadster from the 'Gran Turismo 6' PlayStation 3 game – a cooperation between Volkswagen and Sony Computer Entertainment – existed only in the virtual world. The show car was then created for the GTI Meet at Lake Wörthersee in 2014. The 1,420-kilogram one-off is powered by a front-mounted twin-turbo V6 engine, which catapults the all-wheel drive two-seater to 100 km/h inside 3.6 seconds. The driver sorts the seven gears by means of a direct shift gearbox.

International Museum Day.

International Museum Day. Varied supporting programme on 22 May 2016 at the AutoMuseum Volkswagen.

It's all about currywurst on International Museum Day, 22 May 2016, in the AutoMuseum Volkswagen. There is a photo session with QWoo, the Deutsches Currywurst Museum mascot, and an impromptu theatre improvising on the theme of sausages. And to round off the programme, the culinary delights of the original classic – the Volkswagen Currywurst.

Peru - Panamericana and much more.

Photo exhibition from 22 March to 22 May 2016.

From 22 March until 22 May 2016 the Volkswagen AutoMuseum in cooperation with the Peruvian Consulate General in Munich is showing a series of fascinating photographs of traffic, locomotion and countryside taken both on the Peruvian section of the legendary Panamericana and on off-road terrain as well.

Works culture: Making taste buds sing and sing and sing. The Volkswagen Currywurst.

Special exhibition from 3 March to 29 May 2016.

Every company has its own culture that has grown up over the years. At Volkswagen the staff catering and, indeed, also the Volkswagen 'Currywurst', created in 1973, are much-valued assets. The special exhibition called 'Works culture: Making taste buds sing and sing and sing. The Volkswagen Currywurst' running from 3rd March to 29th May is devoted in many different ways to this classic snack, now over 40 years young. Visitors to the AutoMuseum can take some away with them in a handy five-sausage pack.

Vintage jazz among vintage cars.

Sunday matinée on 6th March 2016 at 11 a.m. with the Amo La Música Quartet.

The Czech Amo La Música Quartet will be performing in the Volkswagen AutoMuseum on Sunday, 6th March at 11 a.m. The four musicians love classical music. However, in addition to Dvorák, Latin-American melodies, jazz and film music will also feature in the matinée performance. The event is being organised by Prag Live e. V. Admission is free. Donations gratefully received.

With a love of detail: Volkswagen models seen through a photo lens.

Second exhibition in the series "MobilArt. Art at the Volkswagen AutoMuseum." in collaboration with the fotoclub wolfsburg e.V. from 14 January to 13 March 2016.

The photo exhibition shows 36 impressions of the exhibits at the Volkswagen AutoMuseum. The photos were the result of a workshop conducted by the fotoclub Wolfsburg e.V. in the AutoMuseum. The exhibition, which shows "full shots" of the models as well as details lovingly placed in a setting, can be visited from 14 January to 13 March 2016.