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Drive Life : January 21st 2011
1HERSA1 0008 #Free 3 years scheduled servicing offer is available on all new and demonstrator Golf GTI purchased from Barloworld Volkswagen before 5pm Sunday 23rd of January and delivered before 31st January, the offer is for 3 years or 45,000kms which ever come first. The vehicle must be serviced at Barloworld Volkswagen. *Drive away price for Golf 77TSI Manual without metallic paint. Private buyers only whilst stocks last. Not available in conjunction with any other offers. MD18675. BWV1259 Think Volkswagen. Think Barloworld. Barloworld Volkswagen www.barloworldvolkswagen.com.au Airport 1024 Botany Road, Mascot Sales: 02 8336 3000 -- Service: 02 8336 3030 Five Dock 155 Parramatta Road, Five Dock Sales: 02 8745 3222 -- Service: 02 8745 3255 Barloworld Volkswagen BAR LOWORLD Driving Great Golf Deals FREE 3 Years Scheduled Servicing# Golf 77TSI Manual From Drive Away $25,990 8 Friday, January 21, 2011 The Sydney Morning Herald DriveLIFE cover story Classic catches An old set of wheels may represent just the sort of retro you're after, writes David Morley. Main photo: Craig Abraham Nostalgia gets better every year. If you need proof, look no further than the biggest automotive design trend of the past decade. It's called retro and it's a blatant attempt to lure the hearts, minds and wallets of buyers who are now cashed up and pining for their youth. The problem is that not all retro cars work so well. The born-again Volkswagen Beetle is a case in point. It doesn't have the ethics of the original giant-killing Beetle, nor the charm that made the Third Reich- inspired roller-skate a worldwide hit and icon. The new Mini isn't a bad car but it's huge compared with the original Mini. Which is, after all, kind of missing the point, yes? The upshot is that for less than the price of this country's cheapest brand-new car -- let's call it $15,000 insured and registered -- you can recapture all the retro cool you can handle. How? By drinking straight from the source . . . an old but uber-cool set of wheels. We're not saying the cars that follow are green, reliable or safe (by modern standards, anyway), nor will they be in the first flush of youth. But they are very cool. VOLKSWAGEN KARMANN GHIA Pretty much any air-cooled Volkswagen has a degree of cool these days. So it stands to reason that one of the coolest of them all, the Karmann Ghia, should make this list. First sold here from 1960 through to 1970, the coolest ones are the early versions, which have a more delicate look. In its day, the Karmann Ghia was hamstrung by its VW Beetle mechanicals that prevented it from going as fast as it looked like it should have. But these days, that level of mechanical honesty and simplicity is a real bonus, as even a halfwit can (generally) keep a Karmann Ghia going. And that's only if it breaks in the first place, because the little four-cylinder engine is bomb-proof. The driving experience is a bit hit and miss. There's not much grunt while the drum brakes and crude suspension will need fettling from time to time. In any case, the real coolness of the KG is its gorgeous proportions. It represents a textbook example of why '60s sports cars are cool. Price: from $12,000 TIMELESS DESIGN THAT KEEPS ON GOING ANYBODY doubting the coolness of Karmann Ghias needs to see Ursula Weidenmuller for a bit of re- education on the subject. Not only is Weidenmuller's 1960 Karmann Ghia a family heirloom, it is, according to her, a very cool set of wheels. ''The coolest thing about it is, without a doubt, the style,'' she says. ''The appearance. I really believe it's a timeless design.'' But beyond those obvious charms, Weidenmuller reckons the Karmann gains a lot of cool points by being able to be driven where many cars of the same vintage would fear to tread. ''It's really easy to drive. And it can handle peak- hour traffic.'' The only problem is, the car is too nice to use regularly. ''In fact, it already has one little mark on it from the one time it was driven to work.'' Take note, folks: bashing your car door into somebody's beautiful Karmann Ghia? Seriously not cool.
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