East German Split-Window Reproduction

22 12 2012

A 1951 reproduction from East Gemany of the Volkswagen T1 split-window bus, built onto the chassis of a 1943 Kübelwagen. Following Wikipedia, the Kübelwagen was a light military vehicle produced in Germany in World War II which in turn was based heavily on the early beetle prototypes. This microbus reproduction comes with a full-wooden bodywork and an original Volkswagen 1131 ccm air-cooled flat-four rear engine with 24.5 H.P. The front doors seem to be “suicide doors”, with hinges in the back. Strange that it features already front indicators. The original split-window got them only in 1960. Perhaps they were also added later to this bus? The photo was taken in 2007 at the 60-years-of-VW-Bus festival at Hannover in Germany. More background information in English and German on the second photo. Quiet a remarkable van.





2 responses

10 01 2013

Reblogged this on Brian White Photography and commented:
Really interesting stuff here. Great wooden coachwork.

10 01 2013

Thanks for the reblogging!

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