1971 Geelong Double Cab

21 10 2014

Here comes an early bay flat bed truck, spotted in April 2014 in Geelong, Australia. The registration sticker calls it a “Volkswagen double cabin ute” – ute being a very ‘stralian term for a very ‘stralian invention: The front of a normal sedan car (usually a big Ford or Holdon) fused to the cargo bay of a pick-up truck. The point being, you can take the wife to church in her Sunday best and still get the sheap to the market on a Saturday. Will add a photo of a contemporary ute below for those who have never seen one before. This old lady here has certainly seen better times. ”Rat look” springs to mind, and I have started to like the idea of not over-restoring old cars.  “Rat look is the poor man’s restoration” was a comment by a Geelong panel beater, and I can see his point as well. But at least someone has taken up the battle against rust, and cars probably die slower in the hot Australian climate than in Germany.

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Holdon Commodore Ute

Holdon Commodore Ute

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Geelong Brewery Single Cabin

1 04 2014

Here comes Milo – a single cabin truck from the new Geelong outstation of the Western Australian Little Creatures brewery. Many thanks to Jodi and Campbell for the beautiful photos! Milo is probably from pre-1960. The indicators at the front (introduced in 1960) look as if added later. The original semaphore openings next to the door handles have been re-used for additional side indicators. Someone also built a new rear bumper bar, and a metal rail to replace the side walls of the cargo bay. The color could be velvet green (L512). Little Creatures seems to have a theme going here: There is a red-and-white split-window single cabin on the title photo of their Melbourne Brewery web page. Same metal bars as cargo bay doors. Post-1960 model with bullet indicators. Cool idea – I like the beer already! We will be back to Geelong to visit friends and family in about a week, after two long years in Germany. We are looking forward to seeing you all again!

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Happy New Year!

2 01 2014

Let the year begin with this beautiful double cabin pick up truck: Spotted last week by kombi correspondent Matti in Los Realejos on the Spanish island of Tenerife which is part of the Canary Islands. A Late Bay model, probably from 1973 (country plate on the rear bumper). It belongs to workers of a local church – with their own “church parking” symbol painted on the street, and a crucifix dangling from the rear view mirror – nice touch. Beautiful condition, with what looks like a new paint job in neptune blue, and complete down to every detail: shiny hub caps with additional chrome rim rings, new rubber bands on both bumpers, mud flaps in the back. Perhaps recently restored? Wishing you all a Happy New Year and all the best for 2014!

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Melbourne Coffee and Juice Van

19 08 2013

Week of the Early Bays – here comes a coffee and juice van spotted at the arts center in Melbourne. Looks like a single cab pickup truck with the food van unit built on the cargo platform. Big thanks to our local correspondent Campbell for the photos!

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Straight to the Pool Room!

16 04 2013

After the kombi collection of our baby-daughter, here comes daddy’s pride and joy. This is what happens when all your friends know you as a kombi fanatic: 17 years of kombi models, some bought, but most received as presents from friends and family. It started in 1996 with the big blue-and-white “Nivea” panel van and the red-and-white T1 microbus, in the lower shelves of the cabinet below. They were birthday presents from Caro and from the colleagues at work (thanks guys!). The series of early bay-window tin toy buses in the fourth shelf from below is also pretty cool. They are produced by the Czech company Kovap, were apparently already on the market pre-1990 when there was still East and West Germany and one could buy them in East Germany as well. I found the first two models during a visit to Prague with DrJ, Emily and Mike in about 2003 and bought some more when I found them again in a shop in Berlin in about 2008.

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Two Late Bay Crew Cabs

24 01 2013

Here are some photos of two Late Bay double cabins. The first one is from Geelong, Australia, photos taken in 2012. Painted in a cool matt black, including front and back bumpers and rims around the headlights. Boards around the cargo bay removed and cargo area covered with a wooden deck. Wheels could be Porsche Fuchs wheels. Not the most practical van but a very cool looking one.
The other one is from Hamburg, photos from 2005. Except for the improvised paintings, it is probably relatively close to original condition, just a bit run down. Color could be ivory white (color code L567). This paint was used for vehicles of rescue services like the German Red Cross. Perhaps this van started his life as a transporter with one of them. I guess the metal frame on the cargo area in the back may be original and may have been covered by tarps on each side. Now replaced with wooden panels so that the cargo space is more solidly covered. Nice sticker from a VW bus garage in Hamburg which actually still exists (VW Bus Service Mamèro).

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San Francisco Rat Look

1 12 2012

Last day of a five day visit to San Francisco and this single-cab stops right in front of me. Someone taking the rat look very seriously. Cool bus.

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