Rare VW Buses and Bus Accessories

The Rare VW Bus Page is for buses and bus accessories that are different enough to stand out from the rest, but are not Hall of Shame candidates. These are the rarest of the rare, or close to it. If you have any pix of off the wall factory or coachbuilt options, please send them.


Steering column locks. On the left is the non-barndoor (4/55) and later version; on the right is the Barndoor (3/55) and earlier version.


One of the first post-barndoors - note the barndoor deluxe dash, but later roof complete with ventilation system. Also note the barndoor steering wheel. These could have only been made for a month or so, if even that long.


A bus manufactured for the german police with a small door opening on the left side of the nose for radar. Only about 25 of these were made.


A bus modified to be an ice cream truck!


Accessory roof-mounted boat!


1961/62 "Tieflader" (flat-loader). These were built for the governement road work crews by Westfalia. It could be used as a normal single cab and in no time half of the loading space could be changed to a flat loader with huge side doors. It was delivered with a big tool box with upholstered top so that 3 more workers could be seated in the loading space.


Bus converted to a lunch wagon


A Bistel (sp?) conversion


A fridolin - a limited-production (6200 made) vehicle used for mail delivery

This is Melissa and Jerry Jess's Fridolin



2 ladder trucks


Who knows... Looks like a Bistel (sp?)


1963 coachbuilt hearse


Crank-start accesory


Double cab with what looks like a factory trailer.


Highroof bus


Ambulance fan, which was also available as an option on other buses. This replaces the cover plate on the overhead console.


Factory air conditioning roof unit


Barndoor bus used by the Swiss Army


Jim Ellis' (aka Rusty VanBondo) 1954 Ambulance (converted to a camper)


Proposed Karmann bus design, but never implemented


Swivel-seat,, M-code 199 only available on 60-61 panel vans.


Special (factory?) tour bus


Ben Lawrence's walk-thru, twin sliding door, 21-window deluxe, with 16,000 original kilometers.

Australian-only engine vents. The theory is that moving the vents up high kept some of the dust out of the engine compartment. There is ducting interally to route the air to the engine compartment.
Pix courtesy of Anthony's Split Screen Bus Page

Single cab (and probably double cab as well) version of Australian-only engine vents. The air comes in via extra openings above the windshield, through a special double-walled roof and rear wall, then through a channel beneal the bed, and finally into the engine compartment. Note the lack of vents in the corners, and that the roof of the truck is higher and more "bubbled" than normal.
Pix courtesy of Anthony's Split Screen Bus Page

Accesory clocks for buses