This ’68 VW Transporter Pickup With Porsche Livery Is One Cool Hauler
Everything about this single-cab T2 is great.
The original Volkswagen Transporter is most famous in its vantastic Microbus guise, but the T1 and T2 generations of the Type 2 (so named because the Beetle was the Type 1) that ran from 1950 until 1979 were available in various other body styles. (The Type 2 designation and its cabover layout also lasted through the T3 generation.) One such variant was the single-cab pickup, a very, very cool example of which has popped up on Bring a Trailer.
Finished in beige with a tan interior and fitted with its original gauge cluster and a set of steel wheels with dogdish hubcaps, perhaps the best part is the dealership-style Porsche livery added by the most recent owner, a dealership in Florida. While it's certainly a nice advertisement, it's also an appropriate look, as Porsche wouldn't have any commodious vehicles of its own to haul parts or perform other dealer business until the 2003 Cayenne, so T2s were commonly pressed into duty for such tasks. Bedsides and a tailgate that fold down to create a flat, open bed make these pickup versions all the more practical, too, as does the enclosed, underbed storage between the wheels.
Power from the T2's 1.6-liter flat-four is sent through a four-speed manual gearbox to the rear wheels. It definitely won't be quick—especially when hauling, say, a few air-cooled Porsche flat-sixes—but those super-thin A- and B-pillars no doubt offer a great view out from the cab. The bed out back is nearly nine feet long, making it longer than those of most pickups currently on the market.
The owners offering it for sale also recently replaced the brake fluid, added a new generator, replaced the spark plugs, and performed an oil change. Previously deployed on a farm and at a Volkswagen dealer prior to its current ownership, it has an honest, lived-in look that makes it seem ready to go back to work. As of this writing, the little VW truck has been bid to $22,000; while we don't know where it will end up, this is a fairly rare body style with a really cool look.
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