- By Herschel D. -


  1. The VW bumpers of 1938 – mid’49 were nicknamed "banana" after their banana peel shape.

  2. The type numbers assigned to the various VW models are based upon the floor pan they use. The Beetle is Type 1, but so is the Karmann Ghia because it uses a widened Beetle pan
    The Type 181 "Thing" is a type 1, too because it uses a revised Karmann Ghia pan. The Type 2 Bus and type 3s and 4s, all have their own pan designs.

  3. The accessory dashboard mount flower vase was, indeed, available at VW dealerships.

  4. Although apparently seldom bought, VW offered an accessory fuel gage right from the 40s on up. The earliest ones were Swiss made.

  5. "Bremsen" means brakes in German.

  6. Around 1965 VW supplied their own ignition distributor design on their cars during a dispute with Bosch. My car was one of those.

MAY’S - New Questions

  1. What does "fussbremse" mean in German?

  2. In what model year did the Beetle get a plug for electronic diagnostic testing?

  3. Ture or False. Bright yellow paint was available for the Beetle from 1960 on.

  4. In the early 30s, before Hitler assigned the Peoples car design project to Ferdinand Porsche and his team, Porsche’s small car efforts were not yet referred to as a "Volkswagen." What did they call it?

  5. What color were the first Volkswagen, prototype, the V3, painted?

  6. How long was the production run of the Type 4

  • Answers next month – Herschel

P.S. In last month’s March answer #1, the spelling should have been "rahmen." In my recent carburetor icing article, when I advised that 91% rubbing alcohol cold clear up SEVERE water contamination, I hope you realize that I wasn’t saying to drive with it in there! It is best to only use it during a STATIONARY wide throttle run-out (with you right there to quickly release that propped-open throttle when it suddenly speeds up from being clear of the water). Alcohol settles to the bottom of the tank and it could become a case of the cure being worse than the disease, then.