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    1. Get Off My Lawn!!! vwlarry's Avatar
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      10-14-2009 03:44 PM #1
      Fifty years changes a whole lot of things. This little, but very interesting, article describing the Germany of 1959 from the car enthusiast's POV shows just how much things can change. Germany, when this magazine was printed, was just 14 years away from the utter devastation of WWII, and it's really pretty amazing how much the German people, with the help of America's Marshall Plan, had rebuilt not only their infrastructure and industry, but their society itself. This is a fun little timepiece. Enjoy!

      ...Plus a few ads and tidbits from this issue just for the helluvit.

      Brief interview with the "second father of Volkswagen", Dr. Heinz Nordhoff:

      Interesting NSU ad; this is part of the origins of Audi, plus look at the prices in the classifieds!

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      10-14-2009 03:50 PM #2
      traffic on roads other than autobahns is often held up by slow-moving trucks. just like here!
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      10-14-2009 03:53 PM #3
      Not like in Europe, bud. At least the last time I was over there in the early 1980s, trucks were not just smoky as hell, but sundial-slow. Driving in the hills and mountains of central Europe was agony, until you got to a "truck lane" area where the things could pull over out of the way and let everyone pass. Ugh!
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      10-14-2009 04:02 PM #4
      i'd be

      i like NSU Prinz Wunder Buy ad.

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    5. 10-14-2009 04:03 PM #5
      I'll take the 36 Merc 500K for $2350.

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      10-14-2009 04:11 PM #6
      Quote, originally posted by andlf »
      i'd be

      Actually, when you think about it, the no speed-limit German autobahns of those days was a no-brainer. There weren't very many cars in Europe that could even REACH 80mph then, let alone cruise at such a dizzying rate.

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      10-14-2009 04:12 PM #7
      "...gas remains a high 57 cents per gallon..."

      I chuckled, but then put that figure through an online calculator, and it equated to roughly $4.17 in today's dollarinos.


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      10-14-2009 04:25 PM #8
      VW seemed to have the same attitude towards the US they do today.

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      10-14-2009 05:12 PM #9
      Quote, originally posted by vwlarry »

      In for Ram tuned Dart content

      & thanks for posting the ads, those are always my favorite


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      10-14-2009 05:17 PM #10
      You see a lot of these Fod Falcons still today in Buenos Aires!
      Keep right except to pass!

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      10-14-2009 08:35 PM #11
      i remember one time ed "kookie" byrnes was on an episode of the tv (television) show called "married with children" al bundy said something to the effect of "kookie, lend me that copy of 'big'uns' "

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      10-14-2009 08:44 PM #12
      Thanks for the article Larry.

      It's interesting to see that Volkswagen's view on American market hasn't changed since 1959, when US comprised of only 25% of all sales for the company.

      I think the number is even lower today.


      Edit:. I also noticed that the Studibaker's small Lark, looks remarkably similar to Henry J's Corsair of the same era.


      Modified by J-Tim at 10:46 AM 10-15-2009

      The gloves are off, the wisdom teeth are out
      What you on about ?

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      10-15-2009 08:55 AM #13
      think i could still order that CARtoons book? 25 cents is a bargain.
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