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#564380 - May 23rd 2012 4:02 pm Volkswagen - 'Kraut Van'
mcdronkz Offline
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Registered: May 23rd 2012 3:53 pm
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Not sure how many of you people actually care about VW's, but does anybody know this van, and is there perhaps someone that can provide information or additional photographs?





I love this van, and to me it's strange that there are so little photos of it. Searched a lot of archives, including the vintage VW events like Bug-In.

Would be very grateful if any of you can help me out. Thanks in advance!

Willem-Aart
Netherlands


Edited by mcdronkz (May 23rd 2012 4:09 pm)
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#564381 - May 23rd 2012 4:03 pm Re: Volkswagen - 'Kraut Van' [Re: mcdronkz]
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#564383 - May 23rd 2012 4:05 pm Re: Volkswagen - 'Kraut Van' [Re: mcdronkz]
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Thanks! :-)

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#564391 - May 23rd 2012 4:59 pm Re: Volkswagen - 'Kraut Van' [Re: mcdronkz]
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I love the VW's!

I like the late-80's/early-90's Vanagons best, but the older ones are awesome too.
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#564392 - May 23rd 2012 5:04 pm Re: Volkswagen - 'Kraut Van' [Re: mcdronkz]
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#564397 - May 23rd 2012 5:10 pm Re: Volkswagen - 'Kraut Van' [Re: mcdronkz]
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That thing is awesome!
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#564406 - May 23rd 2012 6:01 pm Re: Volkswagen - 'Kraut Van' [Re: mcdronkz]
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I've never seen it before but I love it.

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#564415 - May 23rd 2012 7:09 pm Re: Volkswagen - 'Kraut Van' [Re: M_S]
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I didn't know I liked VW's but I like this one...Welcome to the site ! cheers
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#564416 - May 23rd 2012 7:10 pm Re: Volkswagen - 'Kraut Van' [Re: mcdronkz]
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Eh Ive been a Kraut eating Dub head for about 16 years....I love this one!
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#564426 - May 23rd 2012 7:39 pm Re: Volkswagen - 'Kraut Van' [Re: mcdronkz]
mcdronkz Offline
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Registered: May 23rd 2012 3:53 pm
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Thanks for the kind and welcoming replies everyone! :-)

Some background might be interesting, for those not into VW's. The standard for split vans these days is an overall stock appearance, with most cars lowered quite a bit and rolling on early Porsche wheels or one of the other popular wheels. This tricked-out van is quite the opposite, and it's a so-called 'Jersey Looker'. Common features for Jersey Lookers are cut wheel wells, fender flares and side scoops. These modifications are generally regarded as 'wrong' and as something of the past in the VW community. One reason might be that they are becoming damn expensive these days, and modifications to the body are not exactly raising the values of the vehicles.

Typically Jersey Lookers are built to a very low standard, but this car is one of the few exceptions. It's actually pretty tasteful and won its share of prices back in the days according to this page. These days, pretty much no one has the guts to build a true Jersey Looker, even though they were popular back in the 70's. It's likely that I will acquire a split bus at the end of this year, and it will be modified with the Kraut Van as the main inspiration. It will turn some heads at the events since it's totally against the grain and way cooler than those ten a penny lowered busses. :-)

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