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Oettinger Wasserboxer in 1303 Cabrio
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Oettinger Wasserboxer in 1303 Cabrio
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Oettinger Wasserboxer in 1303 Cabrio Posted: Sat Oct 13, 2018 11:50 am     Views: 111      Rating: Not rated

In March 1997 a colleague and I were in Bavaria for a business trip. Over the weekend we visited the EFA Auto Museum in the village of Amerang, east of Munich. I was thrilled to see that a visitor drove a dark blue Super Beetle Cabriolet. I could peek through the engine cooling vents and see there was no upright fan shroud on the engine, but could not identify what it was. Further luck was that the owner was leaving so I could speak with him a few minutes. Said this was a regularly offered conversion performed by Oettinger at their facility near Frankfurt. The heat exchanger was under the rear seat on the left side, opposite the battery. I don't remember where the coolant radiator was located. The engine conversion was very well done, with as many factory parts from various models, mostly the Vanagon (designated T3 in Europe). I was surprised at how well the longblock fit into the original engine space. Car had wide 5-spoke ATS alloys. Small red light on lower left under bumper is a rear fog lamp.

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