1970s Fiat Camper

23 11 2014

I was visiting Vienna two weeks ago and stumbled over this beauty: Looks like the Fiat-alternative to the Volkswagen bus from the seventies, with a self-made campervan conversion in the back. It’s a Fiat 238, which was produced between 1967 and 1983, so indeed overlapped with the bay window Volkswagen T2 (produced in Germany from 1967 to 1979). Apparently the Fiat 238 was the direct predecessor of the Fiat Ducato, the base for most of the larger campervans / motorhomes sold in Europe today. The batch on the front of this particular example specifies it as a “Steyr Fiat, Lizenz Fiat”. Now this is interesting. I so far knew of the Austrian car maker Steyr-Daimler-Puch as the producer of the Mercedes G class and the the four-wheel-drive Fiat Panda. And there even is a direct link from Steyr-Daimler-Puch to the Volkswagen bus: The 4-wheel-drive version of the third generation VW bus, the T3 Syncro, was manufactured from 1985 through 1992, with the four-wheel drive system added by Steyr-Daimler-Puch Works in Graz, Austria. Following the Steyer-Daimler-Puch Wikipedia page, they also have a long tradition of building other Fiat models in license. Seems that this Fiat 238 here is also one of those Austrian Fiat models. Great to see this bus in such good condition and still in use as a campervan!

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Not sure about the brush strokes: Art, or theft protection?

Not sure about the brush strokes: Art, or theft protection?

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17 01 2015
Ale

Hi, actually it’s my van. What a surprise to find some photos in Internet. 😉 By the way, the brush strokes are a piece of art done by me in 1982 at the age of two years hihi. The exact type of the van is: Steyr Fiat 238N (1976).
Greetings! Ale

17 01 2015
campervancrazy

Great you found the post, and very happy you liked it! Very cool explanation of the brush strokes. You must have been a very systematic and patient two-year old, it looked like a very consistent job 🙂 So the van is in the family in the second generation already? Greetings from Berlin! Roman

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