Classic Car Catalogue

Volkswagen 1968

1200 / 1300 / 1500
1500 Karmann Ghia
1600 L Karmann Ghia
Transporter T2
411 - premiera w sierpniu


The Volkswagen sells more cars on the US market than in Germany. With a further diversified program and the new VW 411 model they trying to secure position in the home market. The VW 1300 is the most important model. The registration numbers for the VW 1200 and the VW 1500 were in decline in the first half of 1968.
From now on the 1300 is available with automatic gearbox and also with optional front disc brakes (standard in the 1500). The 1.2-ltre engine is also offered with the price lowered by 100 DM.
Last year the development of the Beetle models was focused on adoption of US safety regulations (high-level bumpers, safety steering column, dual-circuit brake). This year's work was limited to detail enhancements: the fuel filler flap unlocked from the inside, pull lever for the bonnet in the glove box, better defrosting of the windscreen, better dials on the dashboard, standard hazard warning lights, better adjustment of the front seat backrests. Some of those also apply to the VW 1200.
The most important improvement of the semi-trailing arm rear suspension is still reserved for the 1300/1500 Automatic only.
Since August 1968, VW's service stations have had an interesting innovation with a new diagnostic system.
Käfer Kabriolet tylko z silnikiem 1500.
Od czerwca 1600 LE, TLE i Karmann-Ghia 1600 LE z elektronicznym wtryskiem paliwa dostępne także w Europie.

Modernizacje dotyczące wersji na rynek amerykański.

1200 / 1300 / 1500

1200 (B4 cyl, 1192 ccm, 34 PS; wb: 2400 mm)
1300 (B4 cyl, 1285 ccm, 40 PS; wb: 2400 mm) - opt. Automatic
1500 / Automatic (B4 cyl, 1493 ccm, 44 PS; wb: 2400 mm)



The 1968 Volkswagen Sedan.
It almost looks like 2 million other Volkswagens.

    That's how many we've sold here in 19 years.
  And the reason our car looks a little different this year is because we mode it a little better.
  In fact, we're always making the Volkswagen a little better. Every year. So this year should be better than ever.
  For instance, we've moved up the bumpers. And reinforced the mountings. And we've brought our gas tank filler cap out into the open from under the front hood.
  But outside looks aren't everything on the '68 VW Sedan. We also did things a little differently on the inside.
  Besides more padding in our padded armrests, we've padded our dashboard and added padded headrests. And a telescoping steering column to put your mind at rest.
  We've also cleared the air with a ventilation system. And put separate air controls on the dash for passengers inside. We even put an anti-air-pollution device on the exhaust for pedestrians outside.
But while the VW Sedan may look a little different on the outside and a little different on the inside, it doesn't act differently at all.
  It still gets up to 27 m.p.g. on regular gas. It still has on air-cooled engine that can't boil over or freeze up. It still gets better traction because the engine is still in the back.
  No matter how different we make the VW Sedan, the Bug is still the Bug.

The Volkswagen Convertible.
With the top closed it's almost a sedan.

    You can touch the roof that's so thick you can't feel your hand through it. Just like in a sedan.
  You can keep in all the heat you want and keep out all the cold you don't want. Just like in a sedan.
  You con see clearly through a real glass window in the back that won't split in the cold, yellow with age, or cloud up. Just like in a sedan.
  You can let in all the fresh air you want, without opening the top, by turning the air controls on the dash. Just like in a sedan.
  But, once you open up the top you don't feel like you're in a sedan, anymore. You feel like you're in a convertible.
  And when you get right down to it, about the only difference between our convertible and our sedan is our top.
  It's waterproof vinyl on the outside. And leatherette on the inside. With struts and crossbars and an inch-thick layer of insulation in between.
  And it overlaps the front windshield so tightly, it seals out the weather.
  To make sure you feel like you're in a sedan. When you don't feel like being in a convertible.

18 pages American brochure featuring Paul Newman.


wb: 2400 mm B4 cyl.
1493 ccm
45 PS
B4 cyl.
1584 ccm
54 PS
Limousine 1600 A 1600 L  
Variant 1600 A 1600 L  
Hatchback - 1600 TL  

June 1968: VW 1600 limousine and variant (but not the 1600 L Karmann-Ghia) with 54 hp engine available for an additional charge (+ DM 585) with electronically controlled fuel injection. The system, which has been standard in America since the summer of 1967, did not produce more power or save fuel, but did a significant detoxification of the combustion exhaust gases. Type designation of the cars with electronic injection: VW 1600 LE or VW 1600 TLE.
August 1968: All VW 1600 as standard with double-joint rear axle, hazard warning lights, internal locking of the fuel filler flap. Saloons and Variant optionally with 45 HP or 54 HP engine, VW 1600 L Karmann-Ghia only with 54 HP engine.
From August 1968 the 1600 program was again expanded. New are the VW 1600 (notchback) and 1600 T (hatchback), which differ from the 1600 L and 1600 TL both externally and in terms of equipment only slightly, but they are considerably cheaper. All VW 1600 are available with either 1500/45 bhp, and for 120 DM extra with 1600/54 bhp engine. All the 54 bhp versions can be delivered with fully automatic transmission for 800 DM. In addition, since mid-1968 in Germany there is the electronically controlled fuel injection, which brings no significant improvement in performance, but a slightly lower fuel consumption, smoother engine operation and less toxic exhaust gases. This option costs 585 DM.
All VW 1600 models now have the modern semi-trailing arm rear axle, which was reserved for the 1600 Automatic only last year. However, you have to pay about 120 DM more than for the last year models 1967/68 they have many small improvements, such as the fuel filler flap that can be opened from the inside. Externally, the VW 1600 models have not changed.
One third of the VW 1600 sales accounts for the Variant. Limousine and Variant 1600 A are no longer included in the official program but they are still built without chrome and with the simplest equipment mainly for commercial use.

4 pages brochure.

The Volkswagen Fastback.
We almost didn't change it at all.

  We didn't have the heart to change the outside. (After all, it is the most beautiful VW we make.)
  But we knew you wouldn't be token in by our good looks alone. So we made a few changes inside.
  We added extra padding in our padded armrests. Extra padding in our padded dash. Extra padding all around.
  We even added extra padded headrests to our extra padded backrests.
  We also added a telescoping steering column to our steering system. And as on extra added safety precaution, we added safety belts for all the passengers.
  Even though the Fastback has the strongest, fastest engine we've ever put, in back of a VW, we changed it.
  We added on electronic fuel injection system. So you get quicker pickups without wasting gas.
  But some things haven't changed in the Fastback.
  The front bucket seats still adjust to 49 positions. And passengers in back still can change to a more comfortable position with our folddown center armrest.
  We still have wall-to-wall carpeting. But we don't have wall-to-wall sun glare. Since the tinted rear window still cuts down reflections.
  The front trunk still holds 6.5 cubic feet of luggage space. And the back trunk still holds 10.5 cubic feet of luggage space.
  While the Fastback still does 84 mph., it still gets up to 27 miles to a gallon.
  So even though we changed the Fastback, we almost didn't change it at all.

The Volkswagen Squareback.
It almost looks like a station wagon. We call it a sedan.

    We call it the Volkswagen Squareback Sedan.
  And it's called a sedan because it seats four people. But it can't be called a station wagon because our station wagon seats 7 people. (Or 9, depending on the seating arrangement you choose.)
  Our Squareback Sedan has more luggage space than you'll find in the trunk of the biggest conventional sedan. There's 6.5 cubic feet of space in the front trunk. And 24.7 cubic feet of space in the back trunk. Not to mention 42.4 cubic feet of space if you fold down the back seat.
  On the other hand, our Squareback doesn't even hove one-third the space of our station wagon. So it's still a sedan.
  The way we got all that room in the Squareback was by squaring off the area that goes to waste in conventional sedans. (Incidentally, that's also the way the Squareback become the Squareback.)
  We also got more space by developing a version of the VW engine that's only 16 inches high. It's the some engine we put in the Fastback. And just like the Fastback, the Squareback is only 6 inches longer than the Bug. So it's as easy to park the Squareback as the Fastback.
  In fact, our Squareback has all the new changes in our Fastback.
  But it doesn't lool like our Fastback. It doesn't have that sloping shape.
  But neither does it have the boxy look of our wagon. So even though some people may think it looks like a station wagon, we know for a fact it looks nothing like our station wagon.
  But then, neither does it look like our sedan.


Karmann-Ghia 1500

1500 / 1500 Automatic (B4 cyl, 1493 ccm, 44 PS; wb: 2400 mm)

The Volkswagen Karmann Ghia.
It looks like a sports car. It isn't.

    It's got the long, low sculptured lines of a sports car. (Designed by Ghia of Turin.)
  It's custom-mode like a sports car. (By the Karmann custom coachmakers of Osnabrück.)
  It's got a 4-speed stick shift, like a sports car.
  It's even got bucket seats and padded headrests for two, like a sports car.
  But that's where the sports car ends. And the Volkswagen begins. Because the rest is all Volkswagen.
  Air-cooled rear-mounted engine, independent torsion bar suspension, dual brake system with disc brakes in front, synchromesh transmission, and all.
  Of course, the Ghia has quite a few more features you're not likely to find in a Grand Prix winner.
  Like a fold-down bench in back of the seats for luggage, besides the 3.7 cubic-foot trunk in front. Seats that adjust to 15 positions. And seat belts for all the passengers.
  We've also added a telescoping steering column. Instead of adding a lot of fancy racing gadgets that could make more than just the price get out of hand.
  So it's pretty obvious, after all, why people take the Karmann Ghia for a $5000 car. Even though it costs half that. And why you never have to worry about sports-car-size oil, gas and tune-up bills.
  After all, it is a Volkswagen.

The Volkswagen Karmann Ghia Convertible.
It looks even more like a sports car. It still isn't.

    It's still a Volkswagen with o body designed by Ghia of Turin and put together by the Karmann custom coachbuilders.
  Except now, the some custom work that goes into our sports car body also goes into our sports car convertible top.
  It's hand-cut. Hand-padded. Hand-fitted. Hand-stitched. With an inch-and-a-half of rubber and horsehair padding to keep in the heat and keep out the noise.
  And we've got to hand it all to the Ghia people and the Karmann people for making our convertible look even more like a sports car. But you've got us to thank for making it the sports car it isn't.
  We put in on air-cooled engine so you wouldn't have to buy anti-freeze. Or stop for water. Or need tuning between tune-ups. (Try getting away with that in a sports car.)
  And we put our 53-horse-power engine in the back for better traction.
  Of course, getting up to 28 miles to a gallon of regular gas in a sports car is next to impossible. With us it's nothing special. And buying oil is by the pint. Not the quart.
  So if you think about it, driving a car that only looks like a sports car could look pretty good after all.


Karmann-Ghia 1600 L

1600 L (B4 cyl, 1584 ccm, 54 PS; wb: 2400 mm)

The VW 1600 L Karmann-Ghia Coupé remains in the program. It has never scored high sales results, because its controversial design and low performance, comparing to 9,000 DM price class coupé competition in the 9000 DM.


T-2 (B4 cyl, 1584 ccm, 47 PS)

The Volkswagen Station Wagon.
It almost doesn't look like a Volkswagen Station Wagon anymore.

    It looks more like a car. All wrapped up in a brand-new box.
  Since a box is designed to hold a lot of things without wasting a lot of space, we designed our wagon just like a box. But we lined the inside with a luxurious fully-lined inside. Just like a car.
  With more legroom. More shoulderroom. More room all around.
  Only fewer windows (3 on each side). But bigger windows. In fact, picture windows. With a one-piece curved bay window for the front windshield.
  The interior looks so much like a passenger car, you might forget it's our station wagon. But there's a 28 cubic-foot luggage compartment in back to remind you.
  If that's not enough room, there's 176 cubic feet of room with the back seats removed.
  Without removing the back seats, there's room to seat 7 comfortably. If that's not enough, we've got a version of our wagon that seats 9. Just as comfortably.
  (And speaking of room, we've got a version of our wagon that comes already furnished. It's got a double bed, dining table, seats, closets, an icebox, just about everything including the kitchen sink. Our Campmobile.)
  We've also added bucket seats up front. And put an aisle between them so you can go further inside. Without going outside.
  Or else, if you'd like to go outside you could use the doors. There are plenty of them. Including a 4' x 4' side door that doesn't slam shut. It slides.
  But some things haven't changed in our station wagon. Like getting up to 23 m.p.g. on regular gas. And an air-cooled engine that can't boil over or freeze up. So even though our station wagon comes in a fancy new box, you won't forget there's a VW car inside.



411 (B4 cyl, 1679 ccm, 68 PS; wb: 2500 mm) - new model in August
 Limousine 2-dr
 Limousine 4-dr

With the VW 411, factory designation type 4, the Volkswagen factory presents for the first time a really new design. The Type 3 of 1961 was just a modification of the beetle concept. Common with the older models, the VW 411 has the air-cooled four-cylinder boxer engine in the rear, but otherwise it is all different: self-supporting body without frame and centre tunnel, optional two or four doors, large luggage compartment, modern suspension.
Volkswagen put the new model into the upper middle class; quite unusual for a car with rear engine design. The space-saving front axle construction with struts (as on the Porsche) is designed for high load, and the rear axle with trailing arms and coil springs (for the first time at VW!) corresponds to modern suspension technology. The engine-gearbox unit is located as far forward as possible. Thanks to that handling is quite neutral and comparable to front-engined competitors. A manual transmission is a standard but an automatic is also available as on the VW 1600.
With the 411 engine, the Volkswagen factory has for the first time renounced its traditional restraint on the power output. The 68 bhp form the 1700 cc help the VW 411 to equal its main competitors Opel and Ford. For later - probably spring 1969 - a stronger engine with about 75 bhp and electronically controlled fuel injection is expected.
The VW 411 has no luggage compartment behind the engine as the VW 1600, but a deep shelf behind the back seat. A 411 Variant is apparently not expected for the time being but a coupé version is expected probably in the spring of 1969. Two- and four-door sedans are available with both normal and L equipment. Externally, the 411 L differs from the 411 by rubber-coated bumpers, parking lights, trim on the wheels. Inside it has reclining seats, better seat fabrics and upholstery.
As a standard the car has an auxiliary heater to deal with the fluctuating heating effect of the air-cooled engine and can be switched on when the car is stationary. Body and chassis meet contemporary safety requirements. This also explains the high for VW standards prices.