Rust in peace: Volkswagen Beetle

Ran When Parked

1974-volkswagen-beetle-11 Once-cheap economy cars tend follow the same pattern as they enter the realm of collector cars. The early models are generally worth a small fortune because they were built in relatively low numbers and few remain in good shape. The newest examples quickly pick up value as they represent the model’s ultimate evolution and are generally the most comfortable and convenient to drive on a regular basis. Cars built in the middle of the production run are less fortunate and often seen as a last resort by collectors. Look around and you’ll see this theory applies to applies to many so-called people’s cars including the Citroën 2CV, the Austin Mini, the Volkswagen Beetle and even the Renault 4.

Photographed in a Utah wrecking yard, the 1974 Beetle pictured below is clearly not in good shape but it is unquestionably salvageable. It appears to have lived the typical life of a…

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20 years ago: Audi launches RS2 Avant super-wagon

Classic. It’s come a long way to inspire the RS4 of today.

Ran When Parked

audi-rs2-avant-1 As Audi grew increasingly confident with its ability to take on Mercedes-Benz and BMW, it turned its attention to applying the knowledge it gained from its rally program to performance-oriented models that were fully street legal. After launching several evolutions of the quattro coupe, the automaker took the first step towards building a full-fledged lineup of S-badged models with the 1990 S2 – a high-performance version of the Coupé – and the 1991 four-door S4.

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