An Unusual VW Bus-Porsche

28 10 2012

Maybe not the coolest but certainly the most unusual combination of a Porsche and a VW Bus I have seen so far: A Porsche tractor onto which someone has implanted the cabin of a double cabin T2a Volkswagen pick-up truck. The model is a Porsche Super which was built between 1956 and 1963 by Mannesmann, in the former Zeppelin factory at Lake Constance in Germany. It came with a four-cylinder air-cooled diesel engine with 38 hp. We saw this machine parked near the road, almost overgrown by bushes and young trees, when we drove through southern Norway on the way back from the North Cape in 2006.

Porsche B32 – A Porsche VW Bus

1 09 2012

Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles each year joins the Berlin VW Bus Festival with a couple of historic buses from their Hannover-based museum. This year they brought the official Porsche VW Bus: A 1985 T3/T25 Caravelle Carat equipped with a 911 boxer engine, a six cylinder air-cooled 3.2 L boxer engine with 231 H.P. It runs with a max speed of 185 km/h, features Porsche Fuchs wheels, extra air inlets on the sides in the back to cool the engine, a Carrera writing on the back lid, and Porsche emblems on the wheels and on the lower A columns. Also the rear bumper seems to have extra air inlets for cooling. The bus is called Porsche B32, seats six people and cost 100.000 Deutsch Marks at the time. It is mentioned on the German Wikipedia page for the T3 VW Bus, but not on the Porsche Wikipedia page. According to the information sheet (in German, photo below), the project originated from the need for a support vehicle when Porsche engineers were out for longer test rides (the Wikipedia page says it was built as Porsche’s support vehicle for the Paris Dakar race). Developed with what you apparently still had in the 1980ies, “free development capacities”, the efforts resulted in a mini series of about 15 buses which “combine a sporty character with elegance”. Apparently only nine of these are still alive, so this special edition has become even more special over time.

A very special Karmann Ghia

4 01 2012

Happy New Year to everyone out there! We are still travelling and visiting friends in Australia. Taiga Lily is back home in Berlin in a garage. Work on her will continue only in March. In the meantime, here is a beautiful Karmann we saw some days ago in Gippsland, Victoria. It is a 1961 model. One of the previous owners exchanged the original engine with a 1.6 l, 75 PS engine of a Porsche 356b from 1960. The wheels are also from Porsche. What a beauty!