1969 VW Fridolin
Body: German post van
Interior: Two-tone vinyl seats and rear luggage area Engine: 1776cc
Suspension: Lowered torsion bar, front and rear
Brakes: Front discs and rear drums
Wheel and tyres: Gas Burner replicas
It’s surprisingly difficult for the die-hard air-cooled VW lover to drive something different. VW built so many Beetles, Buses and Ghias that you really need to go out of your way to stand out from the crowd. What’s a man, or woman to do? Well, you could buy a Fridolin, assuming you can find one.
The Type 147 VW Fridolin is as rare as unicorn tears and that’s hardly surprising once you’ve learned a bit about them.
They were a light Commercial vehicle that was built for VW by Westfalia Werke. They were only ever produced for the German and Swiss postal services, with this 1969 example being supplied to the former.
Records state that some 6,139 were built in total, but only as little as 200 are thought to survive today.
As working vehicles they had a hard life before they were disposed of cheaply. Most were then ran into the ground before disappearing entirely, and despite what you may think, they share very little in common with any other VW of the time, so replacement panels are virtually non-existent. If you want one, you need to find a good one.
Obviously this one is an absolute peach. It retains all of its unique Fridolin components that make up so much of its charm, but has been upgraded to enhance it further. A 1776cc motor has taken up residency in the engine bay, the wheels have been upgraded to Porsche Gas Burners and the fit and finish of the interior has been much improved.
Believe us when we say, few VWs will get you noticed as much as a Fridolin, even when you drive it with the sliding doors closed!