Allgemeiner Deutscher Automobil-Club e. V. (ADAC) is Germany’s largest automobile club having its head office at Munich. With a membership of over 19 million in late 2015, ADAC is one of the largest automobile clubs worldwide. The object of ADAC includes the representation and promotion of motoring, motor sport and tourism. ADAC provides various services that promote mobility for its members – either directly or through its affiliated companies. International breakdown assistance is ADAC’s first and foremost service.

Founded on 24 May 1903 in Stuttgart, ADAC was then called Deutsche Motorradfahrer-Vereinigung (German Motorcyclist Association) which changed its name to Allgemeiner Deutscher Automobil-Club (ADAC) in 1911. The National Socialist government established the German Automobile Club (Der Deutsche Automobil-Club e. V., DDAC) with whom all German motor vehicle associations and automobile clubs were forced to merge. After World War II, ADAC was re-established on 5 December 1946 in Munich. In 1948, the club was allowed to operate in the remaining western occupation zones. After its reestablishment, ADAC continued in the spirit and tradition of the era from 1903 to 1933.

To satisfy the interests of historic vehicle enthusiasts, ADAC established its own Classic Motoring Section (ADAC Klassik) whose staff focus exclusively on issues that are of interest for the historic vehicle community. This also includes the support of the affiliated German cooperative clubs and the promotion of historic motor sport. In addition, ADAC Classic Motoring organises its own historic vehicle tours: the ADAC Trentino Classic, the ADAC Deutschland Klassik, and the ADAC Moto Classic. Furthermore, ADAC Classic Motoring makes a public appearance at various trade shows to reach out to ADAC members as a competent contact and identify the needs, concerns and aspirations of historic vehicle enthusiasts. Public policy is another important issue for ADAC Classic Motoring as it represents the interests of the historic vehicle community in the political sphere, in various working groups and at events, working towards a legislation that takes into account the interests of historic vehicle owners and promoting an effective preservation of historic vehicles also in the future.

There are further major tasks of ADAC Classic Motoring: it cooperates with the FIVA and issues the FIVA ID cards in Germany. It is an active member of several FIVA commissions and working groups (Technical Commission, Culture Commission and Legislation Commission), and it has been the ANF (Autorité Nationale de la FIVA) in Germany since July 2008.

Aiming to protect and preserve the historic ADAC road patrol vehicles and the ADAC breakdown assistance heritage for future generations, ADAC Classic Motoring owns a number of road patrol vehicles and artefacts from the over 100 years of ADAC breakdown assistance history which helped ADAC become one of the world’s largest automobile clubs.

The VW Beetle has definitely become the most popular historic ADAC road patrol vehicle over the past decades. This car is the epitome of reliability and trust. Plus, it used to be a symbol of ADAC breakdown assistance in Germany for years, standing for the same values which made ADAC one of Germany’s most trusted institutions.

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The ADAC road patrol put this original Beetle into service in 1969. As can be seen from the internal vehicle number on the doors and roof, this was ADAC vehicle no. 880 since ADAC’s reestablishment in 1949.

Between 1969 and 1977, it belonged to the Hamburg road patrol fleet. It went on over 15,000 missions and made over 145,000km. It still carries the original road patrol equipment under the bonnet and in the rear cabin. However, to make room for a second front seat and the car suitable for participation in historic vehicle events, we replaced the 25kg radio equipment next to the driver’s seat with a front passenger seat and removed the special tool box in the footwell. Both the radio and the tool box are now kept in storage.

When the road patrol Beetle was registered on 28 January 1969 in the name of Allgemeiner Deutscher Automobil-Club e.V., Munich, ADAC had 1.6 million members. In 2015 – i.e. 46 years later – over 19 million members had joined the club.

  • Built in: 1969
  • Displacement: 1184cc
  • Power: 34hp

This car and other historic artefacts with an interesting past are kept in the care of ADAC Classic Motoring.

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