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PostPosted: Mon Feb 02, 2009 5:35 am    Post subject: VW38 found in Lithuania Reply with quote

Old VW find. Could this be a VW38?

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Late last year I came across information on this old VW. The car was found in Lithuania last summer and rescued. I contacted the gentleman who owns it now to get more information on this interesting vehicle. It’s history is very unclear. Most likely at the end of the war it was brough back from Germany by a returning soviet army person. Quite a lot of cars were taken from Germany this way, so it is quite possible.

Difficult to say what was done to it during its life, but the last modifications may have taken place as late as the eighties. In its final form only parts of the original body are still intact. The whole of the chassis has been changed to one from a front engined soviet Volga. The windscreen has been swapped, the rear window replaced with a one piece… the list of attrocities goes on. It really is heartbreaking to see such a historically unique car this way.

The dating of this VW is actually not that difficult. That said, I invite all VW gurus out there to correct/add to my thinking here. One of the first clues is the sharp corners of the decklid and of the front hood. I cannot imagine anyone going through the trouble of changing those areas. Unlike all the butchery that this car has suffered, I’m pretty sure those corners are original to the car. Considering that the three V303 cars, present at the factory cornerstone laying ceremony, were later destroyed, this can only be one of the next batch of pre-pocuction beetles built between May – October (?) 1938. That would make it, the so called VW38 series. Besides being cut down at the bottom, the decklid seems to have survived well. Again, notice the rised hump for the license plate light, a distinct feature of the pre-war beetles. The inside of the decklid is just as interesting. The bracing where the hinges attach is smooth with no holes. Theses holes appeared only later with the VW39 series and were carried into the KdF era. What about the long braces running from the hinges to a crossbar at the bottom of the lid. These can be seen in period photos of the VW38 series cars. Could anyone have fabricated this kind of stuff by accident? The owner also claims that there is evidence of 24 air slots per side under the rear window (later splits having 21 slots per side). The doors may be originals too. Car of this age should have house-door type of doorhandle without the finger recess as found on icepick handle doors. Hard to say from the pictures just how much has been hacked to install the non-vw doorhandles. I would like to see the inside pressing of thoses doors, because the doorhandles of the prototypes were at different positions than on later KdF cars.

Dating of this car is only possible by looking at the surving unique features. Unfortunately all numbers are missing. The owner tells me there is a number found on the car, but he has a strong suspicion it is not original. There is a chance the car was originally without paperwork, so a number and identity of another car was assigned to it so it could be registered to be used on the road. Apparently it was registered as a DKW and has a VIN number much too long to be of a pre-war VW prototype.

Another interesting feature is the color. It appears it may have been dark green originally. I’m not sure if that’s the green visible under the red though.

So, what do you think? I’m far from being an expert on this kind of stuff. All I know is by looking at photos and what I can read in books, so please if anyone can correct me and/or add anything, you are welcome. I’m hoping to see this car in person, maybe in a few months. For now I can only go by what I see in the photos and what the owner has told me. Indeed this could be one of the oldest VWs in existance (or what’s left of it). As soon as I get more information I’ll post it up.

Pictures of the car as found.
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Check out that doorhinge and the sharp corner ends of the hood and decklid

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Pre- KdF raised stampings for the licence plate and light

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Interesting bracing on the inside of the decklid as can be seen on early prototype VW38

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Period photos of decklid details. Smooth hinge panel, different shape hinges and strange brace on the inside of the lid

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Picture of a pre-KdF decklid to illustrate the shape.

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Index to thread with major milestones
Page Description
1-8 First discovery photos
8 New photos added of interior and other previously unseen areas
9 Current pictures of the Museum Convertible VW38/31 posted for comparison
10 Some mention on the restoration of cars VW38/31 and VW38/03
14 Next batch of new photos, more details are revealed. Lots of shots from the interior showing unique details present on vw38’s only.
15 Pictures of Christian Grundmann checking the vw38 during his visit to Lithuania
17 Link posted to an album with more pictures “as found”
20 More pictures. This time from Undis’ visit to Lithuania
22 List of chassis numbers/license plates, hard top/rag top specifications is posted. Additional information added to the list over the next few pages.
29 Postcard and other information about DAF in Königsberg/Kaliningrad. Possible historical connection to the car in Lithuania.
33 More information added to the list of chassis numbers/license plates.
35 The VW38 arrives in Germany and news of a 1938 beetle chassis turning up!
40 Pictures of first work cutting off the non-vw stuff
47 Interesting information about fate of VW38 and VW39 cars during pre-war and war period. First pictures of the VW38 displayed at Hessisch Oldendorf
51 The identification is a toss-up between 2 possible contenders
52 The asymmetry in deck lids between cars Nr.5 and Nr.6 is noted
53 Confirmed! The car is identified as VW38/06
55 Two piece front bumper noticed
58 Gearbox, axles and brakes done
61 Original ’38 steering wheel found
63 Work on floor pan starts and a YouTube video from 2003 of the car is posted!
70 Floor pan finished and painted
71 ’38 fan housing and backing plate
73 Gearbox/axles installed in the new floor pan
83 Pictures of new front end bodywork and dashboard
85 Work on the front hood starts
89 Front suspension done
91 Chassis standing on all four wheels
101 Engine installed in the restored chassis
108 Correct split window in place on the body
109 Correct headlights already restored
114 Rear luggage area and inside of the rear window done
116 Body tested on the restored chassis for the first time


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PostPosted: Mon Feb 02, 2009 5:59 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Unfortunately this is all the pictures I have. The owner has promised to send more, but he is a busy man, and I'm happy to have received his permission to pass this information on.

I really want to see the interior too - or what's left of it.
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PostPosted: Mon Feb 02, 2009 6:25 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Holy Cow!

There's something strange going on with that car (look at the rake of the windscreen), but some of the parts look very VERY early to me! 5-knuckle door hinges and the engine lid does indeed appear to be early KdF.
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PostPosted: Mon Feb 02, 2009 6:31 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

RichOakley wrote:
Holy Cow!

There's something strange going on with that car (look at the rake of the windscreen), but some of the parts look very VERY early to me! 5-knuckle door hinges and the engine lid does indeed appear to be early KdF.



I agree. It looks an early KDF the few datails show that. More pictures could be useful.


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PostPosted: Mon Feb 02, 2009 6:35 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Could this be one of the original 38's at the cornerstone ceremony? Shocked
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PostPosted: Mon Feb 02, 2009 6:42 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

RichOakley wrote:
Holy Cow!

There's something strange going on with that car (look at the rake of the windscreen), but some of the parts look very VERY early to me! 5-knuckle door hinges and the engine lid does indeed appear to be early KdF.


Sorry, I meant to say "pre" KdF and not early Kdf. Certainly looks like a contender for being a VW38 (before it was butchered!)
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PostPosted: Mon Feb 02, 2009 6:46 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

RichOakley wrote:
Holy Cow!

There's something strange going on with that car (look at the rake of the windscreen)


The winsdscreen and the surrounding metalwork most probably comes from this car. A soviet built ZAZ.

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I just cannot understand why they went to all that trouble instead of just cutting a new piece of glass, if it was broken.
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PostPosted: Mon Feb 02, 2009 6:52 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

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Could this be one of the original 38's at the cornerstone ceremony? Shocked


I dont't think so, because according to literature, all three of those cars were destroyed. The hardtop and sunroof during road tests, and the covertible in the early fourties.

This car must be one of subsequent prototypes built right after May 1938.
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PostPosted: Mon Feb 02, 2009 6:59 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Missed one more picture Embarassed

The car on a trailer. That front end looks a mess!

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PostPosted: Mon Feb 02, 2009 7:05 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

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Buy it and put it back as close as possible. The car deserves it.


Exactly!

The person who has it is a VW guy and knows old VWs. But I wouldn't want to be in his shoes, I mean it's hard enough and expensive to look for KdF stuff, but what do you do when you have about 20% off a hand built prototype?
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PostPosted: Mon Feb 02, 2009 7:29 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Amazing, What a find! Comparing your picture's that looks like a reasonable match to my novice eye.
Staggering that in 09 such a rare part of a car could be found.

It would take more than alot of skill and money and stunningly rare parts to fix it but anything is possible.....Doesnt someone in Germany have a 38 pan or did i dream that? That could be copied for example ..

Keep us up todate, i really hope it does turn out to be what it looks like.



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PostPosted: Mon Feb 02, 2009 8:02 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Leaf spring rear suspension?
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PostPosted: Mon Feb 02, 2009 8:19 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

obviously sitting on some other sort of frame.

All I can say is WOW!

I would say that this is a vw38. None of those details like the braces or squared off corners of the decklid and hood or the shape of the license light were present on the production cars.

Obviously been modified to death just to keep it running and pretty much impossible to get back to original but still quite a find.
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PostPosted: Mon Feb 02, 2009 8:38 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

That car has had more surgery then Michael Jackson! It makes it difficult to figure out what is period and what is abortion.

The doors are interesting. The outer scraper moulding only appears to go up the back and dosn't continue across the top of the window.

There is no recess in the door behind the handle and the handle looks like it is something from mid 60's GM or Ford. So the recess was probably covered over when these handles were added.

The most interesting parts are the door hinges and the rear deck lid. Its difficult to even guess what the rest of it is.
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PostPosted: Mon Feb 02, 2009 8:53 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

RareAir wrote:
Leaf spring rear suspension?


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The whole of the chassis has been changed to one from a front engined soviet Volga.

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PostPosted: Mon Feb 02, 2009 8:59 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

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That car has had more surgery then Michael Jackson! It makes it difficult to figure out what is period and what is abortion.

The doors are interesting. The outer scraper moulding only appears to go up the back and dosn't continue across the top of the window.

There is no recess in the door behind the handle and the handle looks like it is something from mid 60's GM or Ford. So the recess was probably covered over when these handles were added.

The most interesting parts are the door hinges and the rear deck lid. Its difficult to even guess what the rest of it is.


VW 38's had no recess for the door handle. They had a turn handle on the outside like a split decklid handle.

The door was obviously modified to accept a stock beetle vent wing.

Note the screw on the top of the door.

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Without seeing it in person and really being to crawl over it this is all conjecture but I would not be surprised if this were a vw38 or maybe a vw39.
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PostPosted: Mon Feb 02, 2009 9:47 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I tend to be the biggest skeptic on the planet, but this car does not strike me as a hoax. It looks to be an improbable survivor, from the first 50 preproduction batch of prototypes. I wonder if it has the defroster outlets in the corners of the windshield? This could be another identifier.

I think anything is restorable with the restoration talent that's out there today, but this shell would have to find its way to a very serious collector/restorer.
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PostPosted: Mon Feb 02, 2009 10:28 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

The arguments for this shell being a VW38 (or VW39) are really compelling. We really need to see pictures of the insides of the doors. The door lock handle was near the middle of the door and level with the window winder handle on VW38s and VW39s.
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PostPosted: Mon Feb 02, 2009 10:37 am    Post subject: Gratulations Reply with quote

Whenever someone told me the story about a barnfind VW 38, I was laughing - but know I am speakless. Ok - we all never have seen such an ugly modified beetle - but a lot of tge surviving details makes sense. Lets all hope that the car once a time gets back in the delivered condition.
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PostPosted: Mon Feb 02, 2009 11:18 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

It looks like the entire doors were replaced except the hinges. There
is a door lock button above the door handle. There may be id numbers
on the front and rear hoods.

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The arguments for this shell being a VW38 (or VW39) are really compelling. We really need to see pictures of the insides of the doors. The door lock handle was near the middle of the door and level with the window winder handle on VW38s and VW39s.
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