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  1. Volkswagen News Blog
    Ahoy, mateys! Looking for something completely different to cruise the neighborhood? How about a boat-slash-car...thing? But if you're looking to merge your love with the land with your love for the sea, you have to make a choice: do you build your land yacht, or do you bu(o)y it built? Option...
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    On the eve of the Frankfurt auto show, where it will unveil the brand new, all-electric ID.3, Volkswagen is doing a little revisionist history with the eKäfer. Supplied with parts from the Up!dated e-Up!, the eKäfer can generate peak horsepower of around 80 hp. That may not sound like much...
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    Who doesn't love a good aircooled Beetle restoration thread? Way back in 2011, VWvortex member 86vwgti8v brought home a pretty ratty 1965 Type 1 and over the years has transformed it into a patina'd beauty. If you've never worked on an early Volkswagen, here's a thread to show what it takes...
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    It’s not often we assign homework here at VW Vortex, but a new coffee table book from Veloce publishing has caught our eye. Patina Volkswagen does, as the Brits who wrote it might say, what it says on the tin. Full of pictures of rusty, unpainted, or otherwise patinated Volkswagens, the book...
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    I don't know if it's just an American-thing, but we love a great underdog story. Ask your friends what their favorite movies or books are and I bet most center on plucky characters that triumph over all the odds. Rudy, Friday Night Lights, Herbie The Love Bug, A League of Their Own, and even...
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    Hagerty’s excellent “Redline Rebuild” series has been shooting timelapses of engine rebuilds and posting the result to YouTube for a while now and the weirdly calming process of seeing a dirty engine become clean is as hypnotizing as it is engaging. After six episodes covering everything from...
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    Off-road race cars don't quite feel how you’d expect them to feel. They’re somehow at once softer and harder than you’d think. If you should find yourself in the passenger seat of a Class 5 Baja Bug, sat next to a driver who’s been asked to repeat a jump 4 or 5 times for the camera (like I was)...
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    So apparently there’s a thing called SEO and, sadly, we here at VW Vortex are not immune to its charms. Fortunately for you, we are wily and willing to steal a subversive format idea when we see one. So here, in the style of a CineFix Top Blank list , are the Top 5 Obscure VWs of all time. For...
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    What’s being billed as the second-ever and oldest-known 23-window Microbus was just found in a field in Germany and its new owner wants to restore it. He’s signed up for quite the project, though, as the amount of rust on this Samba would make the Statue of Liberty twitch. More rust than metal...
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    Patina'd cars are not for everyone. Purists look at these well-worn vehicles and see weeks of bodywork in their future. Bondo, welding, patch panels, and hours and hours of sanding can transform these rusty rides into show queens that win awards. They see unrealized perfection or a literal time...
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    Maybe peace isn’t what we should be shooting for. Maybe when two opposing forces come together to work toward a common goal the result is just odd and displeasing. Maybe France and England are better when they hate one another. Maybe the Middle East shouldn’t get along. Maybe Volkswagen and...
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    I will never stop being charmed by the discovery of unexpected V8s. I’m fully aware that American V8s, like whoopee cushions, are not appropriate in every situation. And yet, like putting a whoopee cushion under the queen’s seat, the more inappropriate their placement the more giddily I giggle...
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    This is our last gallery of new material for H2O International 2016, and today we're covering all the other interesting cars that showed up but didn't quite fit into any of the previous categories. There's some air cooled stuff, a Passat or two, and even some Audis that were first featured on...
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    Volkswagen’s history department aims to help enthusiasts by taking some of the guesswork out of the meticulous process of tracing down a classic car’s history. Volkswagen owners interested in finding out more about their car's origins can send their VIN number to [email protected] They...
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    Everyone knows that Jerry Seinfeld is a Porsche guy, but what you might not realize it that he’s a pretty serious VW guy. His love of air cooled Wolfsburgers is well reported, and one of his Beetles recently set records at Amelia Island. Now he’s bringing another air cooled VW to the screens...
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    The Indy 500 doesn’t run until the 29 th , but the historic track is already abuzz with activity. The good news is that in the lead up to the 100th Indy 500, there's something even better than watching a bunch cars go in a circle real fast, and that’s Mecum’s Indianapolis auction, running from...
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    Today is our last day of Wörthersee 2016 coverage and we’re featuring the stuff that just didn’t fit into another gallery. There’s a lot of air cooled stuff, some Audis, a new Beetle, some vans, and a whole lot more. The nice thing about this gallery is that it’s kind of Volkswagen at its most...
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    Smith Volkswagen Performance and Tuning Center in Wilmington, Delaware will hold their 2 nd Annual Volkswagen Group Car Show on Sunday, May 1, 2016 from 10am to 2pm. The Smith family has been in the automotive industry for over 100 years. We have been providing the Delaware Valley with...
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    What’s sexier than Brazil? Brazil in the ‘70s. And that’s where today’s Find of the Day, the SP2, got its start. Way back in the day, VW do Brasil was bored. Trade restrictions prevented them from getting the Karmann Ghia, so there was nothing sporty available for the Brazilian people. A lack...
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    Hannover, Essen: At this year's Techno Classica in Essen (15 - 19 April, 2015), Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles is celebrating in hall 7 not one, but two anniversaries. Firstly it was 65 years ago that worldwide sales began of the first VW camper and secondly it was 30 years ago that all-wheel...
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