Funny how many 60-70yr old ones are still running. Oh, and by the way, they are made by porsche also. This is why I didn't bother to mention them and said Porsche just to name one, there have been many. All motorcycles used to be air cooled and the reason for the shift has nothing to do with reliability. The EPA mandates are causing the manufacturers to run the engines hotter and hotter, resulting in water and oil cooling in an attempt to keep our engines from blowing up. Harley has mastered the air cooled engine to still meet these standards for now, but will eventually have to succome also as the requirements get tougher.Markg1 wrote:So did VW and they lasted about 60,000 miles.Kingshead wrote:Cars with air cooled engines have been around for a long time, Porsche just to name one. And yes, I know their new models are water cooled, but that doesn't invalidate the fact air cooled engines have worked in cars just fine.
Despite heavy lobbying in favour of one of the existing projects, Hitler chose to sponsor an all new, state owned factory. The engineer chosen for the task was Ferdinand Porsche. By then an already famed engineer, Porsche was the designer of the Mercedes 170H, and worked at Steyr for quite some time in the late 1920s. When he opened his own design studio he landed two separate "Auto für Jedermann" (car for everybody) projects with NSU and Zündapp, both motorcycle manufacturers. Neither project come to fruition, stalling at prototype phase, but the basic concept remained in Porsche's mind time enough, so on 22 June 1934, Dr. Ferdinand Porsche agreed to create the "People's Car" for Hitler.