40 Years of Golf: Jubilee Exhibition in the Volkswagen Car Museum

The Golf is 40 years young, and that’s reason to celebrate. The Volkswagen Museum has dedicated a special exhibition to the birthday boy called “40 years of golf. The Early Years.” 20 exhibits available to visitors from 24 July to 5 October 2014, show the power of innovation and the creative freedom of the first generation of this bestseller. This coming Sunday, July 27, 2014, the museum offers all interested a one-day Open House with free admission.

Witnesses and participants in the introduction of the new model generation will feel back in the 1970s, as an entirely new production line was installed for the Golf I. The car museum has built a contemporary work in the exhibition, which demonstrates the use of in-house developed robots used for welding the body parts.

The golf exhibition focuses consciously on the first generation that has seen world proud in the past 35 years – with the last Golf I leaving the production lines in South Africa in 2009. From the so-called “Citi” to the the two very early “Alaska Land of Fire” on Golfs of the well-known journalist Fritz B. Busch having covered 30,000 kilometers in the toughest conditions, you get 40 years of Golf 1 together for the first time in Wolfsburg.

Research vehicles such as the ESVW II or IRVW 1, set the trend for today’s safety standards and are available for consumption reduction, are also represented. Joining them will be an early electric vehicle – the Golf I CityStromer. Even an extreme variant in the form of only twice made ​​Artz Golf also finds its place in the museum. The fact that the exhibition will be presented in this variety, especially the support of the original Golf 1 is due to 1 IG, whose members make their exhibits available.

The development history of the new model generation that stands for the front-wheel drive and water-cooled front engine, began in the late 1960s and presented a completely new concept a milestone.  The Beetle had his best times long past, the principle of the air-cooled rear engine was considered by customers and engineers alike as outdated. The Golf finished this difficult time and was a model for success.

The hatchback model was followed by derivatives such as the Cabriolet and the Pickup (Caddy), later followed by many variants. The great success – after 31 months of one-millionth Golf rolled off – led to an expansion of production in Brussels / Belgium, Uitenhage / South Africa, Westmoreland / USA, Puebla / Mexico and Sarajevo in what is now Bosnia-Herzegovina.

(Source- dpp-AutoReporter/hhg)

Translation by VWvortex