Volkswagen was created 74 years ago today

Although the company might be best known today for their lovable Beetle, Volkswagen was created 74 years ago today in 1937 by the government of Germany—then under the control of Adolf Hitler of the National Socialist (Nazi) Party—as a new state-owned automobile company. After the Nazis were defeated, Volkswagen was… » 5/28/11 12:30pm 5/28/11 12:30pm

Racing In Effect, Parts Breakage At Record Levels

We're a couple hours into the race now, and I can't tell you who's winning. That's because I've been so busy punishing miscreants for lousy driving. We've already dished out the Ozzy Osbourne Inertia Penalty Horn » 10/18/08 3:00pm 10/18/08 3:00pm and punishments (more on those later). Meanwhile, as the penalty box fills up, the pits are abuzz with…

1966 Jaguar E-Type, With Bonus British Car Poll

Those of you who read the Down On The Street FAQ over the weekend know that some of the machines we see in this series don't live on the street full-time. Most do, but every so often I'll find an obvious non-daily-driver that's just visiting, or maybe getting a rare exposure to the world outside of the garage. This… » 7/09/08 9:00am 7/09/08 9:00am

PCH, Power-To-Weight Edition: V8 Peugeot 403 or Blown Beetle?

The Dirtbag XJ-S pounded the Sepia 1940 Mopars like a Canadian carny pounding a case of Moosehead in yesterday's Choose Your Eternity poll, which was about what we expected. After all, a V12 Jaguar can beat most any PCH contender, up to (and perhaps including) a Citröen. We'll test that hypothesis later, but today… » 6/04/08 5:20pm 6/04/08 5:20pm

1969 Volkswagen Beetle, Before And After Mishap

Sometimes months can go by between my photographing of a DOTS car and posting those photographs. Today's car is a good example; I shot the original photos last August, but the island is overflowing with air-cooled Beetles and I have a glut of photos of such cars (yes, Beetle fans, I know I should be posting more of… » 4/09/08 9:00am 4/09/08 9:00am

Aptera Type 1 Makes Movie Debut - Will Be Old Pro For Star Trek

Since Aptera may be getting too big for that whole Progressive Automotive X Prize thing after moving on to bigger and better things like being starring in Star Trek, Aptera is starting a newsletter of sorts so you can keep up as the car during it's rise to fame, and production. As such they've release this 'better… » 4/04/08 4:00pm 4/04/08 4:00pm

1972 Beetle: Don't Worry About Corrosion!

Yes, we know the joke: if Ted Kennedy had had a Beetle instead of an Olds 88 , Mary Jo Kopechne would be alive today and he'd have been elected president in 1972. Actually, the Beetle would have sunk just as fast as the Olds, because all the rust holes in the floorpan caused by New England weather would have let the… » 2/05/08 11:30am 2/05/08 11:30am