New Zealand Splittie Campervan, re-visited!

31 01 2015

A friend just returned from a four-week-trip to New Zealand and sent me photos of this beautiful T1 split window campervan. He spotted it this January 2015 in Kerikeri on the North Island. Turns out I had spotted the very same bus in Feb 2012 during our parental leave in New Zealand as well – small world! Here is a link to the older post with some more information on this bus and also more photos. Just re-traced that this bus is one of the kombis you can rent from Kiwi Kombis. Some more detail on their web page: It is called Van Five aka ‘Coffee ‘n’ Cream’ and it is a 1962 Custom Westfalia with the 1.6Litre motor. Nice to see it is still up and going! Many thanks to Gernot for the photos!



Andorra Split-Window Fire Truck

1 09 2013

This beautiful 1960-ies T1 panel van was parked in front of the fire station in Andorra la Vella, the capital of Andorra at the French-Spanish border. The label on the door advertises the 50-year anniversary (1961-2011) of the “Bombers d’Andorra”, the fire fighters from Andorra. I guess the van may even be from 1961, so it may be in service for 52 years now. Just saw that it even has its own entry a fire fighting vehicles registry where it is listed as retired. Thanks to kombi correspondent Matti for these photos!




Split-Window Tow Truck

18 10 2012

My latest flea market finding – a split window single cab in almost original condition. Of course with some wear and tear, but never welded, rust-free and with the authentic patina of years of hard playing. Seems to have been a heavy duty tow truck some long time ago, with a huge winch still in place at the rear. With bullet indicators of the post-1959 T1s and a patent application number from 1959 on the base plate. So designed in 1959 on the then brand new 1960 model of the T1. Also comes with right hand steering and is labeled “Made in Gt. Britain”. And best of it all, the color could almost be Taiga Lily’s sage green!