Friday, 11 May 2007

Blast from the past 1 - Volkswagen 'Fridolin'

The Volkswagen Fridolin was produced in comparatively small numbers between 1963 and 1973 for the postal services of Germany and Switzerland.

It was a bit of a mish-mash, using parts from several other Volkswagen models of the time. The engine and gearbox came from the Beetle, the floor-pan from the Karmann Ghia sports car and much of the bodywork was borrowed from the original VW van. The headlights came from the VW Type 3 saloon/coupe.

Snapped this particularly fine example on VW's stand at this year's Techno Classica classic car show in Essen last month.

I don't think anyone has ever worked out why it gained the nickname Fridolin (a German man's name).

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