TACOMA, Wash. – LeMay – America’s Car Museum, a non-profit organization chartered to preserve and interpret the history and technology of the automobile, has partnered with Volkswagen of America, Inc. to celebrate the brand’s rich history of innovative technology and elegant designs with the new “VeeDub – Bohemian Beauties” Exhibit.
From now through April 5, the museum will showcase 25 vintage models from both Volkswagen and local car collectors in the Seattle-Tacoma area.
“We are excited to collaborate with Volkswagen to celebrate a car brand that has defined a culture of customization and entrepreneurship,” said David Madeira, president and CEO, LeMay – America’s Car Museum. “Themed exhibits offer a fun way for car enthusiasts to take a trip back in time to experience the cars they have cherished and that have had such an impact on our culture.”
Known for its seamless pairing of unique styling and accessible technology, Volkswagen, which is German for the “people’s car,” embodies the self-expression of several generations of Americans. The brand’s approach to automotive technology has created an ideal platform for customization that eventually extended to buses, dune buggies, kit cars and Formula Vee racing, and continues to be a major driver in the brand’s success.
“This collection represents the rich heritage of the Volkswagen brand not only in the United States, but worldwide,” said Clark Campbell, general manager shows and events, Volkswagen of America, Inc. “We’re honored to showcase these historic VW models, at Lemay-America’s Car Museum and excite the visiting car enthusiasts.”
As part of the partnership, Volkswagen has provided the following three rare vintage cars for display during the exhibit:
· KdF-Wagen — Only a handful of KdF-Wagens were produced between 1941 and 1945 and this particular vehicle was produced in April 7, 1943. Containing more than 95 percent of the original KdF-parts, the fully-restored vehicle on display is the eighth-oldest Beetle known to exist in the world.
· Panel Delivery Type 2 — The “Panel Delivery” model is an ideal vehicle for loading and transporting cargo with its large double cargo doors and low floor. Some of the first cars to reach the United States were dispatched to support the VW service network across the country in the mid-1950s and was a popular commercial vehicle for small businesses, such as service and repair shops.
· Wedding Car Beetle — Upon seeing the uniquely converted wrought-iron bodied Beetle being used for private weddings around Mexico in the 1960s, Volkswagen de Mexico built two more to be used as display vehicles for its sponsorship of the 1968 Olympic Games. The vehicle on display at the museum was built on a new 1968 chassis and given to the United States Northeast distributor.
In addition, Volkswagen will also provide another vehicle to be featured in the “Alternative Propulsion” Exhibit, a display that demonstrates the evolution of what has become the modern day electric and hybrid car:
· Jetta LSR Hybrid — After becoming the world’s fastest hybrid at Bonneville in August 2012, the Volkswagen Jetta Hybrid LSR returned to Salt Flats last October and broke the Southern California Timing Association’s (SCTA) H/PS land speed record.
Learn more about America’s Car Museum at www.lemaymuseum.org.