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Quick Question: Is this Volkswagen Type 2 Coming or Going?

Posted April 12, 2021 8:38 AM by dstrohl
Pathfinder Tags: trucks and SUVs Type 2 volkswagen

With few exceptions, vans and wagons and pickups are configured to put the cargo in the back. It makes sense: With the cargo in the back, the driver's view of the road ahead isn't obstructed by oversize items or dust and chaff getting whipped by the wind out of the cargo bed. Tailgates can fold down to accommodate long loads. Vehicle handling dynamics don't constantly and dramatically change depending on the weight of the load in the cargo area.

Still, somebody decided to play what-if with a welder and a Volkswagen Type 2, as we see in this pair of photos that the inimitable Truque blog recently posted (original source unknown - clue us in if you have more details).

At first, the photos are jarring, and our brains couldn't process them correctly. Did the builder read the April 1975 issue of Road and Track one too many times? Was somebody going for a lo-buck far-cab-forward Ghia Selene / Renault Project 900 / Pininfarina Y tribute?

Could be a photochop. If so, our hat's off to the artist for creating two convincing images that would fit in well with our photochop challenges.

Could Volkswagen have built this Type 2 as a Plattenwagen replacement? Where is this vehicle today? And, as we all surely want to know, what's it like to drive?

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04/12/2021 10:11 AM
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04/13/2021 12:20 AM

Here is a rednek incomplete Siamese Twin.

There were quite a few "Siamese-d" vehicles around in the '60's.

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04/13/2021 1:02 AM

Janus reinterpreted.

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04/13/2021 7:20 PM

The man who had this car was divorced twice,and each ex wanted half of everything,so he kept what was left:Two half-cars and a Waterbury watch with a broken lens that didn't work.

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04/13/2021 11:51 AM

This guy obviously doesn't know if he's coming or going...

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04/13/2021 12:49 PM

Clearly he does. It's all others who have no idea!

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04/13/2021 12:56 PM

It would be a good idea to make a car that could be driven either way, probably could be done easily with an electric car, just think, no more backing up....this would reduce accidents, save gas, save time, and as an added benefit you would have 4 wheel steering....

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04/14/2021 10:56 AM

It would be interesting to test drive one of these 4 wheel steering cars. A front-steered car, in a turn, rotates about a point in line with the rear axle, so the centrifugal force on the driver is directed outward and slightly forward. A 4-wheel steered car at slow speed turns about a point forward of the rear axle line, which would give you a more "oversteer" feel. At high speed, the rear and front wheels turn in the same direction, giving an "understeer" feel.

I do recall seeing a fire truck on the way to a fire with a second driver on the back to steer around corners, undoubtedly a must in cities with narrow streets.

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04/14/2021 11:07 AM

https://www.car.info/en-se/spot/203414

Been around a long time and more common than you thought.

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04/13/2021 12:59 AM

Obviously like NASCAR autos are steering only to the left, this "masterpice" runs only in reverse, backwards.

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04/13/2021 4:59 AM

Judging by the door hangs and windscreen wipers and the wing mirrors the rear is the front and vice versa. What you are looking at is the front end of the vehicle from this view point.

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04/13/2021 5:08 AM

the foto looks really good. I could imagine that there is a van to deliver the cargo exactely to the platform - with totally in view of the cargo driver. Think on the situation of a port at an aircraft. And this van modified is surely about 40 years old and the area used is/was where ??

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