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Harv Goranson
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Last April I went to a Cars and Coffee meet in Knoxville. Got there early, which you have to do to stake out parking spots with your club, then I watched the usual Porsches, hot rods, big finned 1950s cars, muscle cars, etc. roll in. Then a very strange white streamined small car showed up, looking a little like a Honda Insight, but it was a bit more bizarre looking. You'd think a UFO had shown up with all the gawking and pointing. Once it parked and all the curious onlookers had spread out a bit, I was able to get a few pics. The Volkswagen emblem was obvious and XL1 script was on the sides. The gullwing doors and staggered seats really set it apart.

Volkswagen XL1 pic1
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Volkswagen XL1 pic3

Once home, I was able to do alittle research and found this Wikipedia page:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Volkswagen_1-litre_car

The XL1 is a 1-liter diesel plug-in hybrid built for maximum effifiency, rated at 240 mpg US. Only it wasn't sold in the US - only 250 were built between 2013 and 2016 and were sold only in Europe, starting at 111,000 euros. How one made it to these shores I do not know. 

Then of course I wondered if there were models. I found one on ebay, listed as a Spark product. I watched it for a while and when I was offered a discount I decided to get one. It was shipped to me from Germany in a VW group package and the box for the model has only VW markings - no number or indication that Spark made it, so I have to trust the seller on that, but clearly it's a dealer model. The usual Spark quality is evident, but there is a minor error. From a review of online pics of the 1:1, I noticed that the registration of the model car, WOB XL100, is on a silver car (probably the prototype or first production car). I did see a white one registered as WOB XL106 - perhaps a little decal work will remove this little inaccuracy?

Spark Volkswagen XL1 pic1
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Spark Volkswagen XL1 pic3
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Spark Volkswagen XL1 pic5

   
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David Green
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What an interesting and unusual VW Harv. I am surprised that one showed up in Knoxville, given the European price and the import costs. Great collector model piece!


   
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John Merritt
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Very interesting car and model. I've never heard of it. 

John Merritt
South Lyon, Michigan - USA


   
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John Kuvakas
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Nice model and a great post, Harv. 

John Kuvakas
Warrenton, VA


   
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Karl Schnelle
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Wiki says they made 250 of them! WoW, so maybe the license plates got switched around in Germany...


   
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Bob Jackman
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Interesting story and pictures.


   
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