Last of its kind

26 10 2013

Couldn’t believe my eyes when I saw this bus some two weeks ago at a sports event in Berlin. An eight seater early bay, probably from around 1971/72 (air intakes in the back already from the ´72 late bay). The sticker on the front says it’s the operation control van of the Red Cross ambulance service at that event. Spoke to the driver and learnt it was the last one of its kind at the Berlin Red Cross. And that no, it was not for sale. Great to see it still in action!

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PS, added July 1st, 2014: This kombi is actually pretty famous: When you google for “Berlin Rotes Kreuz Bulli”, there is an avalanche of entries about it. It had its 40-years-in-service anniversary in 2012. It is from 1972, features the 1.6L 50 h.p. engine which is still original, consumption stated as 14L/100 km. It is featured in a couple of news paper articles (like this article one from the Berlin newspaper BZ) and there is this nice mini video from its 40th birthday party:


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27 10 2013
ewdb92

Looking at the tail lights too, it appears to be a ’72. Beautiful bus!

27 10 2013
campervancrazy

Yep, you are right. And the rear lights are even more obvious than the air vents.

30 06 2014
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[…] quite right – the bus looks a lot like the real Red Cross kombi I saw last year in Berlin. The last of its kind, still in use at the Berlin Red […]

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