Original “Barndoor” T1 panel van
– 1.2 L 4-cylinder boxer engine with 24 HP and 4-speed manual transmission
– Standard equipment
– Full length bench seat
– Total usable cargo space in restored condition
– Certificate of delivery available
– One of the first produced VW T1
– Made in Germany for the Brazilian market
– Odometer illegible
– German registration, admission as historic vehicle + valid technical control (MOT) until 08/2024
One of the rarest Bulli vintage cars
From reconstruction helper to cult object
Germany’s most successful commercial vehicle has its roots in the post-war period – it was available from 1950 as a simple, reliable, spacious van with just 25 hp and a top speed of 80 kph. That was all that was available, and that had to be enough.
Over the years, requirements grew, and the “Bulli”, as it was quickly called in the vernacular, grew with them and adapted: Various body styles appeared, and in addition to the closed panel van, there was the station wagon with three windows on each side.
“Barndoor” – this is the English term for a kind of barn door. The engine compartment flaps of the first Volkswagen buses felt like a barn door. This is how the nickname “Barndoor” came about in the Bulli scene. It stands for the bulk of the T1s produced at the Wolfsburg plant until 1955. With the introduction of a tailgate in the spring of 1955, the engine compartment flap was reduced in size – and this ended the era of the “Barndoor”. In 1956, T1 production then began at the new Hanover plant.Today, a Barndoor – T1 is one of the most valuable Bulli vintage cars.