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.

"The T2 abc" - special exhibition concerning 20 years of IG T2.

18 October until 23 December 2014

Innovation and emotion are two reasons why the second generation of the Volkswagen Transporter has found a lot of enthusiasts, both in the past and today. In 1994 the fan’s community joined together in the so called “Interessen­gemeinschaft T2” (IG T2). To celebrate its 20 anniversary, the members have moved a selection of their club vehicles to the limelight of the AutoMuseum Volkswagen. The museum has further supported this exhibition with Bulli models from its own collection, including the four wheel drive Transporter. Starting with the T2 Pickup with crane, to the T2b and the T2c built in Brazil until 2013, all model ranges are on stage and provide a view to the many uses of this All-rounder.

Als „Sonderkraftfahrzeug Zivilschutz“, so die offizielle Bezeichnung, erwarb die Bergwacht Schwarzwald e. V. den Kombi mit Mehrausstattungen, die für den rettenden Einsatz in abgelegenen Gebirgsgegenden unerlässlich sind. Dank Bergübersetzung, Sperrdifferenzial und Funksprechgerät war der Kombi rund 40 Jahre ein aktives, zuverlässiges Hilfsmittel, um Menschen in gefährlichen Situationen zu retten. Die IG T2 erwarb den Wagen nach Stilllegung im Jahr 2006.   

T2a Kombi Bergwacht

Doppelkabinen sind heute kaum noch zu finden. Das gilt auch für die zweite Transporter-Generation. Dieser Wagen gehörte im Erstbesitz der Stadtwerke Hannover AG und wurde mit einem Drehteller für den Langmaterial-Transport geordert. Auf der Ladefläche unter der Plane fanden die Werkzeuge und Ersatzteile wie Stromzähler ihren Platz, welche die Mitarbeiter für ihren täglichen Einsatz beispielsweise bei der der Stromnetz-Instandhaltung benötigten.

T2b Doppelkabine mit Langgut-Anhänger

Das Forschungs-Prototyp GT 70-Projekt nutzte eine zusammen mit Williams Research Corp. (USA) entwickelte, 170 kg schwere Gasturbineneinheit in Zweiwellen-Bauform mit integriertem Untersetzungsgetriebe. Das Getriebe kam vom VW 1600. Nach guten Erfahrungen in Schiffen und Flugzeugen wurden versuchsweise Autos mit Gasturbinen ausgestattet. Vorteile waren der hohe Wirkungsgrad, der minimale Bauraum (hier wie gewohnt im Heck) und der Betrieb mit Benzin und Diesel.   

T2a/b Kombi GT 70

2006 bekam der in Brasilien gebaute, rundum modernisierte T2c einen wassergekühlten Reihenvierzylinder. Damit konnte er sowohl mit Benzin als auch mit Ethanol gefahren werden. Seit 1957 wurden in Brasilien Volkswagen Transporter gebaut. Aufgrund gesetzlicher Vorschriften fiel der T2c Ende 2013 aus dem Programm. VW do Brazil legte eine auf 1.200 Exemplare limitierte, exklusiv ausgestattet Sonderserie „56 Anos - Kombi Last Edition“ auf, die aber offiziell nicht nach Europa kam.

T2c Brasilienbus

The big anniversary exhibition: 40 years of the Golf – the early years.

24 July until 05 October 2014

In 2014, Volkswagen is celebrating the 40th anniversary of the ‘new class’, which began with the Passat, continued with the Scirocco and Golf and was then completed by the Polo. The first mass-produced Golf – which was followed by over 30 million more in seven generations – came off the production line on 29 March 1974. The exhibition is dedicated to the Golf I, which was still produced in South Africa until 2009 under the name Citi Golf.

40 Jahre Golf 01

In this unique exhibition, the Volkswagen AutoMuseum is displaying various exhibits, some of which are borrowed and have never been seen before in that form or composition. There will certainly be some surprises on show, including what are probably the oldest specimens of the Golf I still in existence, an electrical version, a Porsche in Golf’s clothing and an early pre-series Golf from 1973 with a sliding door, not to mention various experimental versions.

40 Jahre Golf 02

Bodywork production Golf I: Production facilities had to completely redesigned for the Golf. Volkswagen introduced robots to build the bodywork. New standards were set in terms of increasing productivity, quality and humanization of the workplace without having to make any cutbacks in social provision. This era also saw the introduction of the typical khaki-green overalls worn by the body construction workers.

40 Jahre Golf 03

Golf I sliding door: Volkswagen supplier Lunke & Son in Witten (Germany) and specialized in door and bonnet hinges, modified the 1973 prototype to give it a sliding door on the driver’s side. The background to this project is no longer totally clear, possibly with the view to developing a special version for the disabled. This Golf has features as the door and window handles from the Beetle. 

40 Jahre Golf 04

Alaska-Feuerland Golf: Probably the two oldest surviving mass-produced first generation Golfs were subjected in autumn 1974 to a spectacular strength test. Motoring journalist Fritz B. Busch and his party took both vehicles on a 30,514 kilometre journey from Alaska to Tierra del Fuego. One of these cars is branded with the name of the tour’s sponsor, Pirelli, and can usually be seen in the Fritz B. Busch Motor Museum in Wolfegg in the Allgäu.

40 Jahre Golf 05

ESVW II: ESVW stands for Experimental Safety Volkswagen and, in this case, was made using a mass-produced Golf. Volkswagen was guided by the US safety standards in force at the time, which stipulated in detail how vehicles should behave in a crash situation. The car featured bumpers that could easily cope with light impact.

40 Jahre Golf 06

Golf Cabriolet prototype: Back in 1976 Wilhelm Karmann GmbH presented a fully functioning prototype of the Golf Cabriolet to the Volkswagen board. The significant difference from the model that went into mass production at Karmann in 1979 was the lack of a roll bar and the consequent “free floating” operation of the side windows. The fold down roof also came lower down than it later did.

40 Jahre Golf 07

Rabbit: This Rabbit was the first to roll off the production at Volkswagen plant in Westmoreland, PA. This car contains features that corresponded to US safety standards, such as bumper pads hit hard objects up to 5 mph without causing any damage and side reflectors as well as headrests incorporated into the cabin. A red light lit up on the dashboard  to warn drivers if they weren’t wearing their seatbelts.

40 Jahrej Golf 08

Artz Golf: Only two examples remain of the Porsche 928 in the Golf body. The idea for this project came from Günter Artz, manager of the Autohaus Nordstadt in Hanover. Only the doors of the Golf were used, and all the other bodywork components were wickedly expensive custom-made parts. Compared with the originally Golf I, the car was 21 cm wider and 30 cm longer. The interior cabin was the same as the Porsche 928.

40 Jahre Golf 09