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The first Volkswagen Golf race car ever built looks mean and you can buy it

The first Volkswagen Golf race car ever built looks mean and you can buy it

A GTI on steroids with a documented win at Hockenheim

Launched in 1974 as a replacement for the dated Beetle, the Volkswagen Golf became a big hit and quickly transformed into a legendary nameplate that has soldiered on over eight generations.

Although the first-gen Golf was developed as a humble daily driver, Volkswagen also launched a beefed-up GTI model. In addition, the boxy hatchback was converted to race spec as early as 1975. The first Golf race car ever built just showed up for auction at RM Sotheby’s, which will attempt to sell it during an event in Essen, Germany, on June 24.

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Here's A Martini Racing Duo You Will Love!

Here’s A Martini Racing Duo You Will Love!

Includes rare Porsche 934/5 and Volkswagen T2 van

Do you have half a million bucks laying around? Looking to spend it all in one place for a Ferrari or maybe a Lamborghini? Why not buy pair of cool vintage cars wrapped in the iconic Martini livery then? You can do just that a Bonhams’ Spa Classic Sale on May 21st and it will get you a rare 1976 Porsche 934/5 Kremer race car and a 1977 Volkswagen T2 transporter in matching colors to haul all those spare parts at the race track.

The Porsche 934 needs no introduction if you’re a racing enthusiast, but in case you aren’t, you should know that it’s one of the most iconic race cars of all time. Based on the 934, which in turn was a racing version of the 911 Turbo, the 934/5 won Porsche the World Championship in 1977. The Martini-sponsored Kremer took part in this victory too by winning the Hockenheim round with the No. 69 model pictured here. Following its racing career with Kremer, it had two more owners and also spent a few years in storage. Restored to its original livery, it’s estimated to fetch €320,000 to €400,000 (about $356,110 to $445,290) at auction.

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1962 Volkswagen Double Cab Transporter

1962 Volkswagen Double Cab Transporter

Volkswagen’s stab at the U.S. pickup market

Early Volkswagen products are immensely well known. Show a photo of the Type 1 Battle or Type 2 Microbus to any random stranger, and you’ll likely get correct answers. American culture in the 1960 and 70s catapulted the two Volkswagen products from mere transportation to cultural icons. Nevertheless, Volkswagen made several variations of the Microbus that aren’t nearly well known. This 1962 Double Cab Transporter is a prime example.

The Double Cab, or as it was known in Germany, the “doppelkabine,” got its start when Volkswagen discovered aftermarket companies creating double cab versions of the single cab Transporter. VW adopted the idea and began production for the 1959 model year. The enlarged passenger compartment offered room for six occupants. Like pickups in modern days, the extra cab space cut into the available bed space. Nevertheless, the Double Cab Transporter made perfect sense for construction crews, farmers, and of course, the occasional hippie.

The Double Cab Transporter was an innovative piece. Its chassis was shared with the original Microbus, including its rear-engine, rear-drive, forward cab architecture. Because of the rear engine design, the Transporter’s bed floor was raised, leaving room beneath for the drivetrain. This also made loading and unloading cargo a breeze, since the bed floor was at waist height. The Transporter’s bed walls were also hinged, allowing all three sides to fold flat against the body, making it a true flatbed truck.

Though the Volkswagen truck wasn’t overly popular, it did help create a lasting impact on global truck production and sales. It was in 1963 that President Lyndon B. Johnson imposed the 25 percent tariff known as the Chicken Tax. Among other things, the tariff was designed to protect U.S. automakers form overseas competition importing vehicles. This swiftly cut off the supply of VW Transport vans to the U.S. To this day the Chicken Tax still prevents automakers from importing foreign-built trucks to the States.

A pristine example of the Double Cab Transporter trucks recently cross the auction block at Mecum’s 2016 Monterey car week. Though it didn’t sell, Mecum estimated this fully restored truck would sell between $65,000 and $85,000.

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Jerry Seinfeld To Auction Off A Handful Of Porsches And Volkswagens From His Collection

Jerry Seinfeld To Auction Off A Handful Of Porsches And Volkswagens From His Collection

Some of the most iconic Porsche models in history will be a part of this auction

Jerry Seinfeld may be known for being one of funniest comedians in the business, but those in the auto industry also recognize him as one of the most famous Porsche collectors in the world. The star of the legendary sitcom bearing his name reportedly owns up to 50 Porsche models from a number of different eras. It’s laughable to think that Seinfeld’s collection of Porsches is so impressive that he can auction off 16 of his Porsches and still have a collection that’s the envy of every auto collector in the business.

This isn’t a joke. Jerry Seinfeld really is auctioning off a part of his massive auto collection at the Amelia Island Auction on March 11, 2016 in Florida. In addition to the 16 Porsches, he’s also auctioning off a 1960 Volkswagen Beetle and a 1964 Volkswagen Camper, two old school VWs that are expected to get serious bids themselves.

But, the real prizes here are the Porsche models, some of which will probably net bids in the seven figures. Without jumping into every one of the 16 Porsches, a few do stand out for obvious reasons. There’s the 1966 Porsche 911, a card-carrying member of the first-generation 911 models that have come to be known today as the 911 Classics. There’s also the 1974 Porsche 911 Carrera 3.0 IROC RSR, one of only 15 models in existence. The car traces its origin to 1973 when Roger Penske ordered 15 911 Carreras that Porsche built specifically for the International Race of Champions (IROC).

How about the 1973 Porsche 917/30 Can-Am Spyder, arguably the most powerful Porsche sports car racer to have ever been built? A lot of people may be too young to remember, but the 917/30 packed a twin-turbocharged, 5.4-liter, 12-cylinder engine that could produce as much as 1,200 horsepower. It really was the wildest race car for the wildest racing series of its time.

Then there’s the coup de grâce of the collection, which is saying a lot considering the other Porsche models that haven’t been mentioned. It’s a 1955 Porsche 550 Spyder, a car that has proven to be a million-dollar seller at an auction setting. In fact, one of its brethren sold for a staggering $3.685 million at the same venue back in 2012. That was four years ago. Care to imagine what Seinfeld’s haul is going to be on this car alone?

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Original Herbie Sells For $86,250 At New York Auction

Original Herbie Sells For $86,250 At New York Auction

One of the most under-appreciated movie cars of all time just sold at an auction this week for $86,250. No, it’s not any one of the iconic movie Mustangs that we’ve drooled over in the past. It’s not even a Transformers car. It’s a Volkswagen Beetle, or to be more specific, it’s Herbie, the Love Bug.

The iconic movie car went under hammer at the Treasures from the Dream Factory auction, held by Bonhams and Turner Classic Movies in New York. The total might not make your eyes pop out ala Herbie, but at the price that it sold, it immediately became the most expensive Volkswagen Beetle ever sold in an auction setting. According to Sports Car Market, the $86,250 paid for Herbie barely edged out a 1955 Beetle Cabrio that sold at Amelia Island in 2014. That model, considered in mint condition, sold for $82,500.

As far as Herbie is concerned, the model that sold in New York is the actual car that was used in the second and third movies of the Disney franchise, hence its unique status of being the actual movie car, and not a replica. It carries the iconic livery, complete with the red, white, and blue racing stripes and the “53” decals on the hood and doors of the car. It even has the original set of gears and pulleys that were put in place to allow a stunt driver to drive the car from the rear seat, making it look like the car was autonomously being driven.

The identity of the winning bidder wasn’t disclosed, but rest assured, whoever walked out of the auction as the new owner of Herbie had himself a pretty early holiday treat.

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eBay seller puts VW-badged Audi TT on sale

eBay seller puts VW-badged Audi TT on sale

We know that Audi and Volkswagen share the same mother, but we still can’t find any reason why someone would badge a 2000 Audi TT with
Volkswagen logos. He could’ve just gotten a Volkswagen Golf if that’s all he wanted to do. After all, the Golf – as well as the Jetta, the Beetle, the Seat Leon, and the Skoda Octavia – shares the same platform, engine, and mechanics with the TT so he could’ve just spared himself and the ensuing public reaction a lot of trouble.

But this guy, who by the way is selling his re-badged TT on eBay, doesn’t see a problem with that. Heck, he even took his VW logo fascination past the TT’s exterior by adding some emblems on the car’s seats too.

His justification: "I just added Volkswagen logos around to make it look different, since they are the same company." Ok, sure. That explains it a great deal, except that the scent of irony is a tad too intoxicating.

In any event, if you want to bid for this - and we can probably say this with full certainty - rather ’special’ one-off TT, the auction’s currently on-going on eBay.

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eBay: part Subaru, part Volkswagen… All bad idea

eBay: part Subaru, part Volkswagen… All bad idea

For the man who has the trouble with too many women in his life, I present the Volksaru (Subawagen just sounds to natural for this unholy combination.) Because even if she’ll still talk to you after seeing the 1985 Subaru GL front end, the Volkswagen rear will ensure that you won’t get laid.

This creation actually includes two completely separate drivetrains (front engine, front-wheel drive and rear engine, rear-wheel drive) and two separate transmissions so, as the owner puts it, “if one of them were to fail or not work, the other one can take over and replace it.” Which means this is the perfect car for long trips, as long as you can fit the luggage in the back seat.

Although this is two cars in one (almost literally), I’m a little reluctant to call this over $20k reserve vehicle the “deal of the day”. But the one benefit of ownership is you can put the put the Subaru in first gear, the Volkswagen in reverse, hit the gas, and see if you can’t tear the thing apart and send this unholy union back to the hell from which it came.

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