Only two posts regarding our German engineered friends today, I'm a bit late but here's my contribution to the second-best working day: Teutonic Tuesday!
A lot of you know the Volkswagen Samba bus also goes by the name 'Type 2' and that the Beetle was VW's first, hence 'Type 1'. Type 3 and 4 are less commonly known. This here is the Type 4, marketed as the 411 and later on as the 412. It was way bigger than the Beetle, already had electronic fuel injection in 1969 but was never a succes for VW or a guarantee for stratospheric speeds for it's customers. It's most powerful version had an amazing 85hp but with a weight of at least 1100kgs it wasn't a head-turner.
With just over 350k units sold in 6 years it wasn't the success VW hoped for. It's biggest competitor in continental Europe, the Opel Rekord, did over 300k units. A year. But it was sold all over the world, also in the US. But that probably even makes it worse for VW: the Rekord wasn't even exported to the US if I'm not mistaken...
It was available in a 2- or 4-door 'sedan' style, which always appeared to be more of a hatchback to me. Probably has something to do with it's Beetlesque engine in the back. There also was a 'work-horse' edition: the Variant. It could be the first time VW used this term for it's stations but that honour probably goes to the Type 3 (1500/1600) 'squareback'.
It's twin-headlights tells us it's not from it's initial year as the 1968 models had oval headlights. That badge on the back tells us even more: it's a 411LE, with that 'E' for 'Einspritzung'. Bosch D-Jetronic that is. It's a Minichamps but Minichamps made one big failure: the undercarriage says it's a 411LE 'Variant'. Which it certainly is not.
Being a 1/43 Minichamps it's nicely detailed. The Wolfsburg logo is on the steering wheel and just look at those gauges. It's a 'limited run' of 3024 pieces and it's 'Saphir Blau'. I never understood why VW had created this one. Although the Volkswagen K70 was an NSU-development it seemed so much more modern than this one. But it's introduction was only one year after the Type 4.
So why get it? I like it's odd-ball character. The fact a friend of my father had one when I was about 8 years old. And it sounded like that epic Beetle! It just misses that twin-exhaust.
That's it for this Deutsches Dienstag. Don't let me down today, just show us all your German awesomeness on this