A Rare Look at Prototypes from the Volkswagen Museum
Heading to Wolfsburg, Germany any time soon? Make a detour to the Volkswagen Museum where you can see prototypes never displayed before to the public. Most have been under lock and key but now you can take a look at models from luxury VWs in the ‘60s to a suggested pickup/camper made from a Golf in 1993. It’s a collection that shows just how far outside the box VW could think at times. RELATED: See More Photos of the VW Golf GTE Sport Concept
The prototype luxury car was called the EA128 (shown above). Made in 1965, it was Volkswagen’s first shot at the luxury car segment. Its design was partly inspired by the 1959 Chevrolet Corvair, according to an article in Der Spiegel, a German newspaper. It has a rear-mounted six-cylinder boxer engine and axles from the Porsche 901.
The EA235 was the first VW to seriously break the Beetle principle. The water-cooled engine was in the front. Built in 1967, it is considered the forerunner to the Volkswagen Golf.
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Just like the US Government has Area 51 for all those alien spacecrafts captured over the years, Volkswagen has Sector 12. This is where prototypes go to be forgotten. More than 50 are stored there.
Sixteen of them have been moved in front of the public. But you only have until July 12 to see vehicles like the IRVW Futura above. It has gullwing doors, special insulating glass, all-wheel steering and a digital cockpit, which was all pretty futuristic for 1989. It also featured a 1.7-liter gasoline direct injection engine with an output of 82 hp under the hood.
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