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1972 Volkswagen K70 [Typ 48]

1972 Volkswagen K70 [Typ 48] in Pelikaanimies, Movie, 2004 IMDB

Class: Cars, Sedan — Model origin: DE

1972 Volkswagen K70 [Typ 48]

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chicomarx BE

2011-05-31 01:48

Oh no...

Sandie SX

2011-05-31 01:51

Too background ;)

rjluna2 US

2011-05-31 02:05

Is that 1973 model year? :think:


2011-05-31 03:33

Ingo says... :whistle:

130rapid PL

2011-05-31 10:37

Gomselmash11 wrote Ingo says... :whistle:

Ingo knows the owner, I suppose. :sun:
Looks like the car has color from factory chart.
Its perfect sample rests in Volfsburg Museum -> front, side and back view.
I have been gave it the name 'Sunshine Gold'. ;)

deltagolf FI

2011-05-31 11:18

It seems Ingo does indeed know the owner: /vehicle_394834-Volkswagen-K70-Typ-48-1973.html#Comment927734 :whistle:

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ingo DE

2011-05-31 21:06

@deltagolf: yes :)

@rljuna2: no. It has the 1973+ round front lamps, but they are replaced. Jouko, the owner, has chosen them, because the rectangular original Bilux-lamps are giving extrem poor light. And he had no rectangular H4-version ready at that time.

Btw: for a short time there was such a version existing, the old body with the double round front lamps: between November 1971 (start of the RHD-production) nd August 1972 (release of the facelifted MY) - exclusively in Japan.
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Back then sealed-beam headlamps were mandatory in J, but, as you know from the USA, there were no rectangular sealed beam-lamps on the market, so this makeshift was created. One part is a hyper-rarity - the plastic frame of this J-only version. My friend Rudi, though he had been a prototype-engineer in the VW-factory with best connections, was unable to get a new one, because one of his frames war broken - back in 1978. So since 33 years he has a glue-fixed frame in his K 70. He replaced the original Bilux-junk with double round H4-lamps, when he bought his car new in 1972.

@130rapid: :no: Sorry, a terrible misjudgement! Your mentioned example has an interesting VIN (4812500001), but it's definetely not a perfect sample! No way! It's, with the rigid interpretation of a hardcore-freak ( :whistle: ) a cobbled clunker :o Partly resprayed and with replaced parts due the bad or unoriginal condition of the original ones -several of them were cheap offers, even free gifts, by K 70-freaks (front lamps and bumpers already in 1987) - out of pity, because they were annoyed by the poor condition of this VW-owned example :mad:
Though it was used by the AutoStadt-crew for a few classic car-events in the last years (roadworthy only, because we have given them the needed dparts), I don't recommend it using. The cobbled electric system is not inspiring confidence, the violently stuck cigarette lighter (a gift by myself) can cause some smouldering, and the passengers can catch an ugly cold - the doors are fixed so worse, that you can even can put the small finger through the gap :/ So you'll get the wind and even rainwater always over the neck...
Sorry, but my friends and me have better material in our garages. But this is not an unique sitiation, at least fact and truth with all other VW-classics, too. The best mint conditioned rarities are not in the hands of Volkswagen, neither the Museum, the AutoStadt, the AG itself or any other divisions :o

P.S. Back to the car above: it's a 1972 MY in "goldmetallic". A Finnish car, but I don't know any "made for SF"-features.
@130rapid: the colour is not identical with the tone of the K 70 in Wolfsburg ;) Yes, the same name, but a slightly different colour code...

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(inactive user)

2011-05-31 21:22

It is very surprising to know that this car was imported to Japan, but you are right!

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ingo DE

2011-05-31 21:36

@kegare: 755 were exported to Japan, says the VW-statistics. Two, maybe three are still known (my good friend Hiroshi http://www.nakazawa-office.com/ is very alert about it ;) ). He could dig out a Japanese brouchure, a 1973-VW/Audi-range-folder and this Cargraphic-issue for me (in the "Breeze"-magazine No.16 from Summer 2003 is also an article), but until now he failed with a Japanese instruction manual :( Same as with the manual in Hebro. They had existed for sure - but no sample in my collection :/

Back to Finland: 881 K 70 were officially exported to Suomi.

Nightrider RU

2011-05-31 21:51

Some thinks that styling of K70 was inspiration for Moskvich 2140.)

Gag Halfrunt UK

2011-05-31 21:56

I thought that Moskvitch were ordered to take inspiration from the Chrysler Alpine...

ingo DE

2011-05-31 22:06

@Nightrider: and for the Audi 80, for the Santana, for the Jetta, for the Talbot Solara, for the Lada 1600 etc.pp. No kidding, all this bullshit I've heard in the last 20 years.
A K 70-owner in the former DDR was asked, if his car was the premium luxoury edition of the Moskvich. But over there you cannot expect some knowledge about classic Western cars. How? So when I drove with my NSU 1200 C, my car in 1995/1996, in the "Eastern Zone", noone had known NSU. Everyone was sure, that it was a "Sapo" :/

dsl SX

2011-05-31 22:07

Gag Halfrunt wrote I thought that Moskvitch were ordered to take inspiration from the Chrysler Alpine...

A blatant rip-off, but to be pedantic they used French Simca 1510 instead of UK Alpines. Any collaboration has always been strongly denied, but rumours persist - even that the first few production 2140s had French-made Simca bodies with a modified front end. More info/pictures at http://www.rootes-chrysler.co.uk/aleko-mosk.html .

Nightrider RU

2011-05-31 22:09

Gag, it was 2140, not 2141.)

Ingo, you should be proud, that K70 was forerunner of such a lot of cars.))

130rapid PL

2011-06-02 22:20

ingo wrote @130rapid: :no: Sorry, a terrible misjudgement! (...) The best mint conditioned rarities are not in the hands of Volkswagen, neither the Museum, the AutoStadt, the AG itself or any other divisions :o

Well, now the puzzles are set! We noticed the AutoStadt light green Ford Capri has rust on bootlid!
Also I was a bit surprised when I saw pans (for oil drops) under ALL cars. First thought was:
- Hmmmm, 30-year-old cars in excellent condition shouldn't leak.

ingo DE

2011-06-03 13:10

The guys from the other VW-clubs will tell you the same. All are annoyed about condition and quality about the exhibition cars (AutoStadt or AutoMuseum, it doesn't matter, both are worse) :/
Every classic-VW-club-chieftain can tell you terrifying anecdotes... My worst experience (only one among others, not the only) was /vehicle.php?id=327055

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