It is clear that AUTO BILD KLASSIK aims to always convey history and stories about cars. We compared the Beetle and Golf on our test drive. But we also add the Audi 80, which is unreasonably underestimated in its importance – and then tell the improbable story in which a Mercedes engineer is responsible for the fact that VW still exists today.
But sometimes we go beyond that: During his elementary school days, our writer Knut Simon walked past the Neue Straße in Königslutter every day, back and forth. This is where the so-called guest workers lived, running small shops and driving the big and powerful cars of their time: Opel Rekord, Ford Granada and Transit, Mercedes /8, sometimes also Citroën or Volvo.
Travel back to the past
So vividly is Simon’s (and his old local friends) memory that we decided to recreate this world in detail: in mid-April, we flooded the closed roads for a day with cars since then.
I would like to thank the following people who have made this possible: the district and city of Helmstedt, the city archives and the Königslutter building grounds; among the residents of Neue Straße, of course; at Ford Classic Cars, Opel Heritage, Volkswagen Classic, Volkswagen Auto Museum Foundation, Autostadt and enthusiastic private vehicle owners.
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Other interesting topics in AUTO BILD CLASSIC 6/2022: • AUTO From 1965 to 1975, the Volkswagen Group completely reinvented itself: the Beetle principle with an air-cooled boxer engine at the rear was replaced by a water-cooled in-line engine and front-wheel drive. We show how the Audi 80 led to the Passat, Golf and Polo and what role Mercedes, NSU and Audi played in this • The joy of farming: Developed as a farming machine, made by Chrysler – Farmobil, BMW for farmers • A horse driving: With the Pegaso Z-102, the Spaniards built a sports car on the level of a Ferrari in 1951 • BMW M1 to 7er-M: All series in driving comparison, with buying advice • Earning a star: Historical comparison test of the Honda Accord 2.2i against the Mercedes 190 E 2.3.
• PEOPLE Youth promotion: Hannah Rose (22) gets a Mercedes 560 SL from R/C 107 SL Club for three months • Letter to Editor: Push for long term car idea • Tow truck from the ring: Willi Martini assembles a Veritas race car, finds a race series, and scavenges the rest of the Nordschleife • Kessels Kei-Car: Why Martin Kessel loves the Daihatsu Cuore • Radio silence in vintage cars: editors and their radio problems • BE MARKED Dealer check: Incognito visit to Scuderia Auto-Neuser in Nuremberg • Market analysis: Alfa fans don’t just love coupés and spiders • 3000 Classic Rewards • Secrets/testing: Jaguar XJ40, Mercedes 350 SLC, Land Cruiser, Fiat 500.
• SERVE Youngtimer check: strengths and weaknesses of the first Rolls-Royce Phantom from the BMW era • Storing cast parts: An expert explains how cast parts made of magnesium or aluminum can be welded • High-pressure cleaners: What can this all-in-one do for homes, yards, and cars? Five devices in test • Action: Free paint treatment from Dr. crazy •Gold classic: Choose your favorite • Provision • Model: New Krupp Titan and Capri Turbo in 1:18 display scale • Books: New releases about Mercedes DRIVING CULTURE Time in pictures • Retro trip to Paris: Not digital – Young people drive to Rétromobile in vintage cars and analog cameras • Cultural assets in jeopardy: construction investors threaten historic gas stations.
• From the web to the streets: How the oldie scene developed in Stuttgart via Instagram • Hidden Beetle Heaven: VW fan Hermann Walter has put together a spectacular collection. It will now spread to the four winds • Motorcycles from Opel: On the road with the Motoclub from 1928 at the Rüsselsheim pabrik factory site • Porsche fans at the edge of the world: In Hawaii, the passion for sports cars doesn’t stop at Rottweilers • Thing of the month: R5 designer death certificate has resurfaced • Old sheet metal on Neue Straße: On a nostalgic journey like 40 years ago.