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Teutonic Tuesday: Der Schönste Volkswagen der Welt!

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Or the most beautiful VW ever made. And that’s not just me, according to edu-petrolhead there were quite the magazines back then claiming this. Car and Driver even pleading for it to be made worldwide. But in the end...

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Volkswagen didn’t. It remained a product for Volkswagen do Brasil, only to be sold in Brazil and exported in small numbers to some not-entirely Western countries like Bolivia, Chile, Mexico, Nigeria, Zaire, Saudi Arabia, Arabian Emirates and Kuwait.

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Despite being this beautiful it didn’t pass US pedestrian safety regulations due to it’s extremely low front so one of the world’s biggest markets was unobtainable anyway.

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But if you want to know more I highly suggest Edu’s article as there’s little for me to add. Except for the fact it’s glorious.

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Just that overhang might be a tad too Kim Kardashian. There’s an engine there so I get it but still: I prefer the roofline of a 911/912 in the rear. And the 911's engine of course.

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That won’t take long, move out of my way...
That won’t take long, move out of my way...

Using it for Teutonic Tuesday might be a bit of a cheat, then again: The prototype was presented in March 1971 as “Project X” at the German industrial show (in Sao Paulo!) to the public for the first time. And with such a name...

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The model is a Neo in 1/43 scale. It came in a lot of several 1/43s and it wasn’t as mint as I anticipated. Most visible issue for me is the passenger side headlights: there seems to be some chips in the paint there. The color is bit bland as well but Neo used that for a reason:

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It’s just an actual color scheme. Totally ‘70's. Not sure if it was this one that ended up in the brochures but there’s enough on the interwebz like this one.

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So that’s it for today. I feel it has been a while since I did a decent 1/43 so I hope this exotic German Brazilian makes up for it a bit. For now it’s just...

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Tschüss! Or should I say Adeus!

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