1969 VOLKSWAGEN "CURVED GLASS" SINGLE CAB PICK UP
Chassis No. 269097112
Mars red with black vinyl interior
Engine: fuel injected, overhead valves, 1,600cc (96.7ci.), 65bhp at 4,600rpm; Gearbox: four-speed manual; Suspension: front and rear independent with transverse torsion bars with upper and lower trailing arms; Brakes: front disc with rear drums. Left hand drive.
Unquestionably among the most innovative designs of the day, the Volkswagen Single and Dual Cab Pick Up trucks stretched the meaning of what full service utility vehicles could actually be. Production of the Volkswagen Pick Up truck was begun in 1966 with the first examples available for sale in 1967. The Split Window Pick Up borrowed its chassis from the Microbus and employed the front section and Split Window as the major design features of the cab's design. In 1968 Volkswagen added a Curved Glass model to the line up that remained in production until 1971. Equipped with its air-cooled 1,600cc Type 1 motor, the VW also provided ample speed and torque when needed. Perhaps one of the most innovative features was the see-through compartment cleverly placed below the Single Cab's 5ft x 9ft truck bed. This double-door basement see-through luggage/storage compartment provided a great deal of practical storage space and was easily accessible from either side of the car. These Curved Glass, Single Cab examples have become increasingly rare as only a limited number appear to remain today in this distinctive configuration.
The Single Cab Curved Glass Pick Up on offer here appears to be in stunning overall condition. The Volkswagen featured a thorough and professional restoration only a short time ago. However, the current owner, who is believed to be its third owner, has meticulously maintained this vehicle and has made several notable upgrades since purchasing the Volkswagen. Originally supplied in white, it is now finished in the Volkswagen factory color of Mars red. The hand rubbed catalyzed paint is reported to be in excellent overall condition, as is the black vinyl interior. All gauges and instruments are said to be in good working order and to be correct to the vehicle. A custom Sony stereo sound system was recently installed, as was a single loop pile gray carpet in place of the stock rubber mats.
The Volkswagen's distinctive exterior is in impressive condition as well. The engine bay and motor are quite pristine and are color matched to the Mars red exterior paint. The undercarriage, like the engine bay, is also clean and well detailed. The VW features a new front windshield as well as an upgraded Monza-style exhaust, while the bed section of the truck has a custom fit, handmade tonneau cover. Custom 5 spoke Empi wheels have also been fitted giving the car a slightly custom, yet sporty look.
This Volkswagen Single Cab Pick Up truck represents a very well planned design. Unlike today's market, which seems to indicate that as the truck grows larger, the actual bed and usable space must grow smaller, the Volkswagen Pick Up stayed small and had a bed as big as a contemporary long bed Ford or Chevy pick up. Yet, in 1969 with its drop down door panels, it could be instantly expanded to fit a mattress, ten hippies and a bongo. This VW deserves close attention for its rarity, lovely overall condition and unlimited owner use potential.