In the sixties and early seventies there were already plenty of VW Beetles with a past. They often came into the possession of Young Gods with limited budgets. It was times that those guys worked on themselves because there was no money and there were no ready-made tuning parts. And money for a fat Oettinger block? No way!
Luckily you could be De Man in your pimped Beetle
The first step towards rugged looks was the 'turning' of the rear wheels. How did that further work with the fit of the bolt holes and the load on the rear wheel bearings? They just didn't think about it. AMK Reader Jan Eggink had such a VW car in his youngest years.
He later saw how the new Beetles were born during a period when he was a guest at VW's house. That was at the time that the VW factories were not manned by Turks, but by Southern Europeans. Jan found the nicest memories when scanning old photos and we were allowed to share them.
We have mentioned turning the rims
De Graku in Wilnis added a 'next level' to that story: They split the fields and loads there for f 25 a strip of steel per wheel.
Gerhard Oettinger (1920-1997). VW Kever drivers dreamed of that. The tuning company was all about the 'Schneller machen' in the most German, solid way. The company started as an engineering firm in 1946. And since that time the name Oettinger stands for professional engine tuning with a long and deep connection with VW. In 1947, Oettinger was busy optimally tuning gearbox ratios for beetles in a hurry. But at the start of the now legendary 'Fifties' things really got loose.
We write the year 1951
Ing. Gerhard Oettinger is developing a SOLEX 32 PBJ dual carburetor system based on the model of the Porsche 365A-1,1L engine on self-developed intake pipes with pre-heating, which ensures an increased power of 36 hp at almost 4.000 rpm. For a beetle there is a top of 120 real km / h in it. And that was fast then!
Okrasa is not Japanese
In the same year the name OKRASA is introduced: Oettinger Kraftfahrtechnische Spezial Anstalt.
In 1953, the first special cylinder heads with dual inlet channels were cast and presented at the 1954 IAA. In 1955, Oettinger developed the first proprietary chrome-molybdenum steel crankshaft with counterweights and increased stroke for 1,3 and 1,4 liters capacity for power ratings from 50 to 70 hp.
The developments continued and then 1967 came: with the introduction of the 1500 engines in 1966 it was possible for the first time to use the OKRASA crankshaft to drive 1600 or even 1800 cc Beetle.
The 1800 cc blocks had a chromed molybdenum steel crankshaft with a stroke of amazing 78,4 mm. And a Beetle 150 could walk with that. If the driver had a big heart ...
In the XNUMXs, the air-cooled Oettinger blocks were fully in accordance with German legislation and VW's factory standards and a clear plus of the VW image.
The top ones from then
The OKRASA-TSV 1600 / 1800 / 2000 engines from the years 70 and early years 80 (based on the standard two-channel VW engines) had dual intake systems with Solex 40 PDSIT carburetors.
Type 4 engines have now been massaged from a displacement of 2,3 liters to 110 hp. Including EU emission report for installation in Porsche 914, Beetle and VW 411/412. And such an Oettinger VW could simply be ordered directly from the dealer.
In 1976, Oettinger started tuning water-cooled Golf blocks. But that is a completely different story