Volkswagen Karmann Ghia Type 34

Welcome to Down On The Street, where we admire old vehicles found parked on the streets of the Island That Rust Forgot: Alameda, California. Today we've going to check out a seriously rare machine that I found near the '60 Studebaker Lark: a Volkswagen Karmann Ghia Type 34. Or is it some kind of weird replica? That… » 7/29/08 9:00am 7/29/08 9:00am

Workhorse Engine of the Day: Volkswagen Air-Cooled

We saw the Small-Block Chevrolet engine in the last WEOTD, which means it's time to take a look at what may be the only engine that can rival the Chevy in terms of longevity and units built: the air-cooled VW. In one form or another, it was manufactured for 70 years; while it had its weaknesses (feel free to list them … » 10/15/07 4:30pm 10/15/07 4:30pm

Project Car Hell: Finback Mercedes or VW Squareback?

Looks like the '55 Packard Patrician crushed the '50 DeSoto Deluxe in Monday's Project Car Hell poll, with a whopping 78% of the vote going to the V8 machine. Today we're going to go with a couple of Los Angeles-area 1966 German projects with low admission cost and high potential coolness factor... » 7/25/07 5:30pm 7/25/07 5:30pm

1973 Volkswagen Type III Squareback

While I'm still searching for a VW 411 or 412, it's not too hard to find a Type III wagon on the island. Here's a pretty straight original-owner '73, spotted in the same South Shore neighborhood seen in Robert Bechtle's painting, Alameda Gran Torino. » 6/19/07 9:00am 6/19/07 9:00am

Mas Junk In Die Trunk: Volkswagen Type III Fastback Commercial

You have to admire VW's brass for using the diminutive Dustin Hoffman (supposedly 5'5" standing on his wallet) to show off how big their new car is. That guy made the Duetto look roomy. Still, we dig his semi-Beat parlance and rapid fire delivery. The car, as it happens, is pretty jazzy, too. The fedora gets tipped…

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