Lost Gems of VW

As times and tastes change, so do the vehicles that brands carry. Sometimes certain models such as the Ford Mustang or Chevy Suburban last for decades, while others like the Chevy SSR don’t make it past a few years. In this blog, we are going to talk about the potential winners that are no longer with us in the VW family.

Kia Line Up on the beach

VW Phaeton

In 2002, VW came out with a little sedan call the Phaeton. It wasn’t exactly a small sedan, it was more of a massive full sized luxury sedan with a 12-cylinder motor crammed under the hood. In fact, you could get the Phaeton in almost any engine and transmission option you wanted. They came with 3.2L, 3.6L, 4.2L, 6.0L, 3.0L TDI, and a massive 5.0L TDI. And it came in a both a 5 and 6 speed automatic and manual transmission. My only question is why don’t we have a vehicle like this still on the road, and real answer is the price.

Ford Explorer Driving Up Mountain Road

VW 181/Thing

The VW Thing is properly named as it is nothing we have ever seen before. VW started producing them in the 1960s as a military vehicle similar to the Willys MB2A. The US market first saw them in 1980 as a civilian vehicle. It took a while to get to the US market after it continued to fail our safety standards. But for a vehicle that is so ugly, how can you hate it.

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VW Karmann Ghia

We saved the best for last, and that it the VW Karmann Ghia. The sleek, simple, and slow VW is what we are talking about. In the late 50’s, VW came out with a fancy version of the VW Bug, and it was amazing. It wasn’t very fast, and the transmission was weird, but the sleek body lines and simplicity make them a fan favorite today.


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