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Vitrex ADDAX-1978

Vitrex ADDAX-1978

French industrial planner Jacques Riboud, of Vitrex Industrie, promoted and designed microcars as a solution to increased urbanization in 1970’s Paris. He believed full-size cars to be too big and too expensive for the old city’s infrastructure. 

Voisin C28- 1936

Voisin C28- 1936

Gabriel Voisin was a major manufacturer of airplanes during World War I. The end of the war saw him with a large fortune and an equally large factory, but a very small market for airplanes. In 1919, he decided to become a car manufacturer and acquired a ready-made engine design–a 3969cc sleeve-valve four which had been considered and turned down by Citroën as unsuitable for mass production. Voisin remained faithful to the sleeve-valve principle for the rest of his career as a car maker. Voisin built lightweight cars using techniques learned in his years as an aircraft designer. The type C28 “ambassade” body design was inspired by the art-deco period and was the last model Voisin was personally responsible for.

  • Country of Origin: France
  • SA des Aeroplanes G. Voisin
Volkswagen Beetle- 1956

Volkswagen Beetle- 1956

The Volkswagen Beetle is a car we are all familiar with. More than 20 million were sold. While the name “Porsche” is associated with expensive cars, Ferdinand Porsche had a life-long interest in a small car that an average working person could afford. 

  • Country of Origin: Germany
  • Volkswagenwerk GmbH
Volkswagen Beetle- 2002

Volkswagen Beetle- 2002

The Volkswagen Beetle is a car we are all familiar with.  More than 20 million were sold.  While the name “Porsche” is associated with expensive cars, Ferdinand Porsche had a life-long interest in a small car that an average working person could afford.

Volkswagen New Beetle- 2003

Volkswagen New Beetle- 2003

By 1993, Volkswagen’s North American sales had dropped to a mere 50,000 total units. Two VW designers, J Mays and Freeman Thomas, believed the key to future success was to resurrect the Beetle.

Volkswagen Rabbit

Volkswagen Rabbit "Rocket Car"- 1981

Underneath the futuristic Buck Rogers fiberglass bodywork beats the heart of a 1980 Volkswagen Rabbit diesel with a five-speed - no warp engines, sadly. The rear axle has obviously been narrowed, but otherwise, the drivetrain is intact, and reportedly gets over 50 MPG.

Volkswagen XL1- 2014

Volkswagen XL1- 2014

The Volkswagen XL1 was a two-seat, limited production, diesel-powered plug-in hybrid produced that VW introduced in 2014. Volkswagen was developing PHEV (Plug-In Hybrid Electric) technologies, and wanted to test them in real-world scenarios. While 250 examples were reportedly built, only 200 were made available for sale to the public.

 

Volvo 142

Volvo 142 "Big Orange"-1974

"Of all of the cars display, Big Orange would be my favorite. I drove it more than all the other cars except the 911, and had a tremendous amount of fun driving it."
Volvo 142 Race Car- 1970

Volvo 142 Race Car- 1970

Here is an unassuming-looking Volvo 142 that has been modified for racing, and is raced by Jeff Lane. SCCA created the “Improved Touring (IT) class” race cars in the late 1980s.

 
  • Country of Origin: Sweeden
  • AB Volvo
Volvo 142 S- 1971

Volvo 142 S- 1971

In 1966, the Volvo 142 was introduced. It was hailed as ‘the safest car in the world’ and was voted ‘Car of the Year’ in Scandinavia

Volvo 144- 1971

Volvo 144- 1971

The first production model Volvo was completed in 1927. Volvo car and truck production continued throughout WWII on a limited basis due to material shortages and isolation from foreign suppliers.

  • Country of Origin: Sweeden
  • AB Volvo
Volvo 1800S- 1966

Volvo 1800S- 1966

The idea of Volvo building a sports car in the 1950’s seemed unlikely to most. But after Volvo vice-president Assar Gabrielsson visited GM in 1953 and saw the new Chevrolet Corvette production line in Flint, Michigan, he realized sports cars influenced by European designs were becoming popular in the US.

Volvo 444- 1947

Volvo 444- 1947

Former SKF Bearing executives Gustav Larson and Assar Gabrielsson saw an opportunity to build cars in Sweden after WWI, and approached their former employer about using an underutilized factory. SKF liked the idea, and backed the pair for years, even allowing them to use a trademarked name, Volvo (Latin for “I roll”) for the new venture.

Volvo 66 DL- 1974

Volvo 66 DL- 1974

DAF began in 1928 as a small garage. By 1949, they started manufacturing trucks and trailers. Their success led to the production of cars. 

  • D.A.F.
Von Dutch 'Rocket Car' -1961

Von Dutch 'Rocket Car' -1961

Kenny Howard, aka Von Dutch, was a motorcycle mechanic, metal fabricator, artist, and, most notably, a ground-breaking pinstriper of hot rods and motorcycles from the 1950s until his passing in 1992. Along with Dean Jeffries and Ed ‘Big Daddy’ Roth, he is considered a founder of the Kustom Kulture movement of the 1960s and ‘70s.

Walker Power Truck 600 GN- 1962

Walker Power Truck 600 GN- 1962

Max Walker began manufacturing golf carts in Fowler, Kansas, in 1957. Recognizing the company needed a product that could be produced year-round as well as for wider markets, Walker released the Power Truck in 1962.

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