Tuesday, February 2, 2016
In the 1950's the VW Vans were very popular. Other companies tried their hand at building vans to compete with VW, like this DKW listed on eBay in England, but located in Spain. It’s priced at £7,500.00, about $11,600. A similar van sold recently on Samba for $11,000. Very few were imported into the US. They are front wheel drive with a low flat floor, a 22 horsepower two-stroke 2 cylinder 700CC engine. They switched to a three cylinder 900cc 32 horse 2-stroke engine in 1955, so it’s a puzzle that this has the earlier engine. These were very popular around Europe for a long time and there are still a few in use.
This hasn’t been driven in 20 years. The seller hasn’t done any work on it, but it looks complete and original. There are some areas of rust to be repaired.
There isn’t much to the interior, so getting it to a usable point shouldn’t be too difficult (as long as the wooden floors are still solid).
Here is a before and after pictures of a restoration a few years ago to give you an idea what they can look like.
Volvo pickup you say? Volvo never built a truck version of the PV444 or PV544, but that didn’t stop anyone from building this one. This is the best little pickup we have seen today! Listed here on eBay in Fountain Valley, CA is this 1959 Volvo pickup conversion with a high bid of $6,300 at the time of writing.
There is very little information provided with the ad so please review the images and ask the owner any question you may have concerning this sweet little ride. One thing the owner does mention is the “Rhino Bed” and that much of the truck is new. And from our own research, it seems a Swedish Coachbuilder built this truck shortly after it left the Volvo factory.
There is a beautiful new interior with better than new seats! This really looks like a place we wouldn’t mind being, especially for trips around town to pickup parts!
These were all the photos included in the ad, but we sure would like to see more detailed images. Given that this was a custom built truck, we want to see how the work was done and that it still looks good today. There is B20 under the hood, which we know to be bullet proof. It currently wears new paint, new tires and brakes, so we assume it is ready to go. It looks like time to pick up some hardware and supplies in style.