Remember the old saw about German cars being "over-built?" Well, if this doesn't lend it some credence, nothing will.

MythBusters decided to try its hand at debunking the decade-old "Lumber Car" photo. You know you've seen it at least a dozen times by now – the Volkswagen Jetta with the giant stack of plywood and two-by-fours on the roof? So the guys found a Jetta III, bought some 3,000 pounds of building supplies, and... Well, we can't tell you exactly what happens, as that would spoil the ending, but you can clearly see that they at least managed to get the car loaded.

Maybe VW ought to try something like this with its "Great For The Price of Good" Jetta to convince the faithful it is still building them in the German tradition?

Watch the whole four-and-a-half minute "MiniMyth" after the jump.


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      VICTOR
      • 3 Years Ago
      Lets see one of the new Jettas do the same...
      sparrk
      • 3 Years Ago
      what's so special about this ? we do these things all the time in Eastern Europe.
      • 3 Years Ago
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      atc98092
      • 3 Years Ago
      Poor Jetta :) But it worked!
      vtecgreen
      • 3 Years Ago
      Look at that stance... /vwfanboispeak
      HustlinFlip
      • 3 Years Ago
      I never knew the original "lumber car" photo was taken in Maryland, let alone Waldorf! I work in Waldorf and pass the same IHOP all the time.
      Danny
      • 3 Years Ago
      Ja!
      gojeda
      • 3 Years Ago
      Firstly - I am willing to bet more than few cars, German and not, can do this. Secondly - A cruise around the parking lot, at 15 MPH, does not constitute "driving it home" on regular streets. I do not expect this car, in that configuration, to do 45 MPH in a 45 MPH zoned street - but do really bust the myth, they need to do 30 MPH on a regular street (potholes and all). So sorry...myth not busted (not the way M-busters did it here at least).
        jcar302
        • 3 Years Ago
        @gojeda
        Why 30mph? not everywhere has potholes. Have you never passed someone going extremely slow with something on their roof that shouldn't be there? I'd say it is confirmed. What i'm disappointed about is the fact that they didn't go all out after the myth was confirmed and see how much the car could hold until it gave out.
      Andre Neves
      • 3 Years Ago
      The original picture is an obvious photoshop. How gullible can people be? Just look at the angle of the sun by the shadows given off by the front wheels. In order to get such shadows, the sun would have to be very low, yet the top of the lumber which is tilted in the opposite direction, is also lit by the sun which would be impossible.
        Andre Neves
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Andre Neves
        Wow, bunch of smart people here on AB. I work with photoshop. I have an eye for things like this. Not my probablem you douchebags are too ignorant to understand something. Worst idea letting FB users in. Thanks AB.
          EricG
          • 3 Years Ago
          @Andre Neves
          did you not see the snopes article with different photos of the car at various angles? Your sun shadow theory is weak. What looks so odd about the shadows? Nothing odd there. The only douchebag here is you
          SuperSkyline89
          • 3 Years Ago
          @Andre Neves
          http://www.snopes.com/photos/automobiles/lumber.asp It's OK, he's a photoshop expert with an eye for these things. The Home Depot manager that had a waiver signed, the Home Depot employees, the cops responding, and the newspaper reporter are all in on the con. But then I'm just a Facebook douchebag, so of course I'd believe all those people and pictures from different angles over a Photoshop expert.
      • 3 Years Ago
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        KAG
        • 3 Years Ago
        Yeah, the bad thing about the newer VW's build quality sucks for the ones built in Mexico.
        Lachmund
        • 3 Years Ago
        best thing is this wan't built in mexico
        Danny
        • 3 Years Ago
        I wish I could like this twice
      EB110Americana
      • 3 Years Ago
      I wanted them to take off all the wood at the end and assess the damage.
      Jim Lowe
      • 3 Years Ago
      In typical Mythbusters fashion, they screwed up the myth.
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