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Volkswagen Type 4, 411 and 412: The final rear-engined VW cars

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Volkswagen Type 4, 411 and 412: The final rear-engined VW cars

By Marc Cranswick
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Hardback • 25x20.7cm • 192 pages • 223 pictures

ISBN: 978-1-787115-22-4

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Features

• Model history of VW Type 4 411 & 412
• Design origins of the VW Type 4
• Specification and performance tables
• Original cartoon caricatures by the author
• Archive picture items
• Analysis of VW's air to water cooled transition
• VW Group business in the 20th century
• VW sportscars & offroaders overview
• Government service Type 4 pictures
• An evaluation of the VW Type 4 and its rivals

Description

Volkswagen’s first mid-size car, was also its final new design in a 30-year air cooled odyssey. The Type 4 411 and 412 held to VW tradition, while introducing new engineering directions and refinements. VW’s biggest ever car faced off against mainstream competition. Would Dr Porsche’s ideals still hold out, for VW’s transitional car?

Synopsis

What kind of car is that? It looks like a big Beetle! If ever there was a car in search of a context and market, it was the VW Type 4. Volkswagen’s first foray into the upscale sector brought engineering innovation to Wolfsburg. It also tried to convince worldwide buyers that VW still had the right stuff. With design origins in the Porsche consultancy, the signs were hopeful. However, globally, the automarket was rapidly changing.
The VW Type 4’s portfolio ran to unitary construction and fuel injection, but had to face fancy competition from Detroit’s European subsidiaries. All the while, VW was searching for its future road, and faced challenging developments. The fuel crisis and Japanese competition in North America kept the pressure on at Wolfsburg.
Could the VW 411 and 412’s solid traditional virtues carry the day? Then and now the Type 4’s unbreakable VW quality, and flat out sustainability, appealed to air cooled devotees. The 411 and 412 brought a new dimension in comfort to VW, and its hardware design was utilized by the air cooled clan both on and off road. The Type 4 even had a sportscar connection, and never lost the power to surprise.

Additional Information

Period Covered: 1968-1988
Models Covered: VW Type 4 1968-74 (367,728)
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An in-depth study of the VW Type 4: Wolfsburg's first luxury car, and final all new air cooled car!
The first English language book dedicated to the VW 411 and 412 models.
VW Type 4 specification tables.
Listing of VW air cooled interest groups.
VW sportscars & offroaders illustrated supplement.
Cartoon caricatures by Marc Cranswick

   

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