Triva Question- Castle on Horn Button

SNKR770

Member
I'm sure someone out there knows the answer to this one.

What is the significants of the Castle on the horn. It it representive of a castle? I seem to recall seeing a vintage picture of an Amphi with a castle in the backgroud.

Ryan
64 Wht
Twin Cities
 

Bilgemaster

Member
That' s a depiction of the "castle" (actually the town's ancient main
gate or "Holstentor") of the City of Lübeck, one of the two places the
Amphicar was assembled (the other being Berlin).

The Amphicar's white steering wheel and emblematic horn button were
produced by the same company that made the VW bug and bus steering
wheels of the same period, and they were identical in all other respects
except that the VW wheels featured the coat of arms of the city of
Wolfsburg on the horn button. I am told that quite a few Amphicar
steering wheels have found their way, Lübeck horn buttons and all, onto
quirky VW restorations over the years.

For a photo of the original "castle" and more about the city of Lübeck,
see: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lübeck

Have a great time in Celina this weekend everybody!

Bilgey

On Wed, 23 Jul 2008 1:36 pm, SNKR770 wrote:

> I'm sure someone out there knows the answer to this one.
>
> What is the significants of the Castle on the horn. It it representive
> of a castle? I seem to recall seeing a vintage picture of an Amphi with
> a castle in the backgroud.
>
> Ryan
> 64 Wht
> Twin Cities
>
>
 

Ken Chambers

Platinum Subscriber
That's the Lübeck Castle for the city where Amphicars were built.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lübeck

Some interesting horn insignia info:

http://www.thesamba.com/vw/forum/viewtopic.php?t 1428

Ken Chambers, CA
'64 Red


On Jul 23, 2008, at 10:36 AM, SNKR770 wrote:


> I'm sure someone out there knows the answer to this one.
>
> What is the significants of the Castle on the horn. It it
> representive of a castle? I seem to recall seeing a vintage picture
> of an Amphi with a castle in the backgroud.
>
> Ryan
> 64 Wht
> Twin Cities
>
 

Tommy in Tampa

Amphicar Expert
Hi Bilgy, As soon as I read the question I though to myself Bilgy knows the answer to this. I remember your post about horn buttons from about four years ago.
Celina wasn't the same without you. It never is.
And we could sure use some of your incite here nowadays. Please do post a bit.
How's your green Amphi? Still goin I hope.
Here is the one and only picture I took at Celina this year. Makes me want to salute.
Later my long lost friend, Tommy in Tampa
 

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Bilgemaster

Member
Ahoy guys!

Rest assured that OLD BUOY is just fine and doing well, as are the
rest of us. We just bought a new house in Spring, and while it's not
a "fixer-upper" in the sense of "Hey Dad, how come my room has no
roof?", it was a foreclosure that sorely needed (and still needs) a
lot of what the realtors call "TLC", which it turns out means every
moment of my spare time and every loose nickel.

Still, it's all coming together, and the otherwise all major elements
of "The Grand Plan" for annual family amphibious vacations, including
that annual trip to Celina, are all in place: decent old RV with a V8
-- check!, ancient car hauler created from surplus army parts (from
the Spanish-American War, I gather)--check! So, hopefully we can
make the gathering next year.

Well, gotta go caulk something now (which sounds like a lot more fun
than it really is)...

Love and Kisses,
Bilgey



On Jul 30, 2008, at 11:22 PM, Tommy in Tampa wrote:


> Hi Bilgy, As soon as I read the question I though to myself Bilgy
> knows the answer to this. I remember your post about horn buttons
> from about four years ago.
> Celina wasn't the same without you. It never is.
> And we could sure use some of your insite here nowadays. Please do
> post a bit.
> How's your green Amphi? Still goin I hope.
> Here is the one and only picture I took at Celina this year. Makes
> me want to salute.
> Later my long lost friend, Tommy in Tampa
>
> Attached to this message is Amphicars at Celina 004.jpg
>
>
 
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