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Who do you think won that group test in 1974? (Oldtimer blog article from March 24th, 2021) | Double-declutching

Comparison test "Lower middle class" 1974/1975

Six cars of the “lower middle class” competed against each other in a comparison test towards the end of 1974:

  • Alfa Romeo Alfasud, 1186 cm3, 63 HP, DM 8490
  • Citroën GS 1220 Club, 1222 cm3, 58 hp, DM 9800
  • Fiat 128 Special 1300, 1290 cm3, 60 HP, DM 8790
  • Opel Kadett L 1200 S, 1196 cm3, 60 HP, DM 9472
  • Simca 1100 Special, 1294 cm3, 75 HP, DM 9295
  • VW Golf LS, 1471 cm3, 70 PS, DM 9370

A clear case? By no means!

The summary and evaluation of the various test disciplines in the auto-motor-und-sport editions stretched over 24 pages 26/1974 and 1/1975 every now and then, the most comfortable and safest car was in front, but not the fastest or the most manageable.

The winner was the most expensive car of the six candidates, namely the French Citroën GS, followed by the Italian Alfasud. Only in third place was the first German car, the then new VW Golf, closely followed by the Opel Kadett, which was the only one with rear-wheel drive. The oldest foreign constructions, the Fiat 128 and Simca 1100, brought up the rear.

After all, the Golf won the chapter on “Engine and Power”, not least thanks to the largest engine in comparison. With 12.6 seconds for the sprint from 0 to 100 km / h and a top speed of 162.9 km / h, the Wolfsburg-based man clearly outperformed his competition, especially since he was the lightest of the lap with an empty weight of 835 kg (full tank).

German car magazines are often accused of treating German suppliers better than other car manufacturers. In the comparison test at the end of 1974, this was definitely not the case …

PS Here is the title page of AMS 26/1974, of course in the Zwischengas magazine archive the whole issue as well as all issues from 1947 to 2000 are read:

Title page AMS 26/1974