Volkswagen Passat Mk.1 | Unique Cars and Parts

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Volkswagen Passat

LS Coupe /

Many felt the Volkswagen LS to be simply a badge-engineered Audi. Volkswagen had their own ideas gear linkage, body and suspension rates, but broadly the Passat LS was an Audi 80 with a VW on it, and a rather poor indented castle symbol on the cross-spoke of the wheel.

The Passat was one of the most European family cars at the and was intended as a replacement for the aging Type 3 and Type 4. The Passat was magazine’s Car of the Year for 1974 and its model Audi 80 was nominated car of the by the European motor press a earlier. The platform was named B1.

Taken in its own right, there was no the quality of the finish and trim, and just enough reminders present to satisy the Beetle that had upgraded. The LS was the mid-way with the 1,471 c.c. 75 engine, an economy 1,296 version and an 85 b.h.p.

TS 1#189;-litre being available in some along with a station (estate).

As the Passat was basically an Audi was water-cooling, front wheel and the special Audi steering which was planned to give running when braking on slippery surfaces or should a tyre blowout or aquaplaning be encountered – the poor Maxaret, although on a different

Certainly the Passat went a way to closing the gap on the luxury opposition, if it remained less stable contemporary models from BMW and It did corner very safely no real hint of driven wheels, the understeer of extremely cornering becoming neutral for the fast driver. Like the the steering, geared 3 turns was very smooth and pleasant, a light touch from accustomed to beefier control.

The Passat originally used the 4 OHC 1.3 l (55 PS (54 hp/40 kW)) and 1.5 l (75 PS (74 hp/55 PS (84 hp/63 kW)) petrol also used in the Audi 80 longitudinally mounted with drive, in Audi tradition, either a 4-speed manual or 3-speed automatic. The SOHC 1.5 was to 1.6 l in August 1975 with power ratings and slightly torque ratings. In July the Passat Diesel became equipped with the VW Golf`s 1.5 l (50 PS (49 hp/37 kW)), followed in 1979 by the Passat GLI with a version of the 1.6 l engine.

The servo disc/drum brakes, hydraulic circuit split were very effective, in practice there was an awkward which placed the pedals too togther, nor was there anywhere to the left foot. At highway the Passat was noisy, the engine prompting many motoring at the time to describe the car as a Buzz

This was not really fair because for a family type car it excessively loud and, once you really opened it up autobahn speed) and the Passat its 98 m.p.h. maximum, it quietened out noticeably.

The gear change was with the positions clearly in the nacelle before the driver, baulked badly getting bottom and second. The seats had a knap-surfaced cloth trim but the were surprisingly hard, strangely they remained comfortable on long runs.

Once you understood the confusing sequences to comply with the never-sidelamps-only law, the minor were excellent and very Two substantial stalks looked the usual services, with the sounded by pressing the steering spoke. Neat little buttons, with innbuilt look after hazard-warning, winndow heater (Sekurit) and and headlamps, dipping being by the left stalk lever.

The wipers, properly angled for were operated by the right stalk and there was a powerful washer.

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