Saturday, August 14, 2010

VW 1500 introduction, Sports Illustrated magazine, September 1961

An article in the September 4, 1961 issue of Sports Illustrated about the new VW 1500. It's hard to imagine a time when a subject like this would have made sense for Sports Illustrated's readership.

The writer, Kenneth Rudeen, likes the new bigger VW quite a lot, going so far as to describe it as "an extremely desirable car." He sees the 1500's appearance as being very Italian in spirit and compares it to the contemporary designs of Pininfarina. Rudeen speculates that the 1500 may not make its way to America until perhaps 1963, by which time demand in its newly prosperous home market might be satisfied.


egawa+zbryk said...

I've enjoyed looking at your blog. I've been lusting for a Ghia for quite awhile, but I'm trying not to purchase one until I finish the two Isetta's I'm working on.

Scott said...

Thanks. I checked out your Isetta blog -- some very impressive restoration work you're doing, and great documentation of it. Thanks for pointing me to it. When you are ready to buy a Ghia let me know and I can help you find the resources you'll need.