A rare VW find!

Posted on June 10, 2009 – 2:22 pm

I had an opportunity to check out a little piece of VW history thanks to one of our very good customers who wanted to show off a recent purchase and rare find…

What I thought was just your average, clean vanagon ended up being a rare “Oettinger Edition” Vanagon – one of a very small handful found anywhere in the world! Very little information can be found about these things but from what I dug up, it’s pretty cool stuff!

As you may or may not know, Oettinger is a German tuning brand recognized world-wide and synonymous with names like Audi, VW, Seat, and Skoda – providing aerodynamics, suspension, wheels, and engine tuning enhancements.

The specific details are unclear so feel free to correct us where we are wrong but from what we have read online, Oettinger was approached by VW to develop their new “wasserboxer” flat 6 engine for use in a VW production model, later ditched for an in-line 5 motor. After VW ditched the flat 6, Oettinger purchased the rights and tooling to continue producing the 6 and later rolled out their “WBX-6” engine for the T3 Transporter. First produced as a 3.2L and later on a 3.7L, these motors pushed up to 180 hp and 226 lbs. of torque!

The Oettinger-built Vanagons also ended up with a 4-wheel disc brake upgrade with vented fronts and ABS, Sachs springs and shocks, and aerodynamics enhancement made by Kamei that resembled the Carat – just more “pronounced”, and other trim pieces that extended the front lower grille section, a style later reproduced by Projektzwo. The vans were also exclusively sold through Oettinger for an ungodly amount of money with individual packages put together to suit the customer’s needs – some including sound systems, custom upholstery, and mobile office electronics.

We set aside our very last of the 17″ Oettinger RE wheels in 5×112 for Curtis’ new ride, an appropriate fit for the application… After some maintenance issues are addressed we should see this thing back here with its new shoes on.

We’ll be sure to share the results.

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Widebody B6 S4 Progress

Posted on May 26, 2009 – 1:27 am

Well, this weekend was quite eventful. Jon trekked up to JMI Motoring so he could pull parts off the car. It looks like he’ll be removing both bumpers, the hood, lock carrier, all doors, all fenders, both front and rear glass, and cutting out the rear quarter panels.  This will be an interesting endeavor to say the least!
He spent about five hours at the shop removing as much as he could. Within that time-frame he was able pull most of the front-end off as well as some of the rear. Jon will be back at the shop again soon to pull the rest of the body panels. This also gives Jon an opportunity to replace his serpentine belt and snub mount.

The next time he’s at the shop, he said he’ll likely be able to replace all the doors, front fenders, lock carrier, and rear bumper so progress is certainly coming along!

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Oettinger Scirocco III

Posted on October 1, 2008 – 10:38 am

It really is unfortunate we’re not getting the Scirocco III…

That is all…

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“Bill’s Excellent Adventures” – Frankfurt and Automechanika content within!

Posted on September 18, 2008 – 11:15 am

A “Hello” from Bill while he’s attending the Automechanika Auto Show in Frankfurt, Germany. He has been sending us pictures of some of the things that have caught his eye and we’re happy to share them with you.

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Some pretty cool stuff! Very happy to see a couple of different VW Scirocco color options. The Audi Q5 and A3 Cabrio are good-lookers and that DTM B8 Audi A4 is just ridiculous! Bill has also stopped by the Oettinger Headquarters to capture pictures of several of their project cars and latest offerings.

As we see more pictures get added to Bill’s gallery, we’ll be happy to share them here with you.

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Oettinger valence dual cut-out solution: APR Quad-Tipped!!

Posted on March 18, 2008 – 2:41 pm

We commissioned APR to make a dual exhaust solution for the Oettinger equipped VW Mk5 GTI. One of the rear valence options is the dual-exhaust version and up until now, there was not a simple solution to fill these two exhaust cut-outs.

We are very pleased with fitment.  The exhaust install was very simple and everything lined up exactly where and how it should.  The staggered tip design even is a great touch and matches the curved contour of the Oettinger rear valence. The APR quad exhaust is available in a catback or full turbo back configuration.

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