Yeah, I’m not Chris, and it’s not a brochure for some obscure thing that can’t be purchased here in the 50 States, but I thought you might be interested in seeing my most recent eBay score regardless. I’m a bit nutty for all things oddball and aircooled, so when this came up on my computer screen, I just had to put in a bid for it. It’s stuff like this occasionally popping up that makes me bookmark the AACA Museum’s eBay store.
Volkswagen made this brochure to promote their line of industrial trucks apparently in 1960. It is a quite interesting read, giving a look at how businesses and industries could use their bus-based trucks and vans.
I really dig this visual display of HOW MUCH STUFF you can fit in the lockable weather-tight underbed storage area. They call it the “Treasure Chest”. I wonder how many of these storage areas were ever used to their fullest extent. I wonder how many of these trucks were actually used by companies here in the US. This kind of thing seems like it would work wonders on the European continent, but wonder just how effective it would be here with our wide open highways and constant desire for speed. A fully loaded down truck certainly can’t be a quick machine, can it?
The brochure shows off VW’s long-bed “Pick-Up Truck”, (which could be configured with large glass-pane carriers, a mobile exhibition truck, a swivel-ladder truck, or ‘jinker’ for carrying pipes, scaffolding, lumber, etc.) the 6-passenger “Pick-Up”, the Panel Delivery van, and the Kombi Station Wagon. I could really get into owning any one of those. A ladder truck would be particularly cool. I don’t think they were built until after this catalog was produced, but a high roof panel van would be really cool (and really rare), too.
I have only ever seen one, and it was at the Irvine Cars and Coffee just over two years ago (Side note, probably the world’s coolest Porsche 912 can be barely seen in the bottom right corner. If you know the car, you know why it’s cool.)
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