Most people looking at this classic VW transport truck are going to immediately be drawn to the wild bed. And that’s perfectly acceptable. It’s full of wacky (but oh so practical) features. First off, all three sides can be dropped, giving way to a completely flat load floor. This one even is even decked out with hickory slats. If that’s not enough, there’s a waterproof lower compartment between the axles that gives additional, lockable storage. Add to that this hauler’s dapper Dove Blue looks and it’s definitely a stunner.
While all very cool, it’s not what I’m focused on. When I look at the truck, all I see are the little aftermarket steps to get into the cab. Just like the rest of the truck, they’re charming, adorable and so completely perfect. They’re made by EMPI and were a popular accessory to the Type II bus. This one has them on both sides and they bolt right into the bumper. Despite appearing dainty, after trying both sides out, I can say they feel solid and give a nice leg up.
Other trucks can get away with offering running boards as the way in but in this case, VW didn’t have that option. Because of the cab-forward design, the front axle is right under the seat. EMPI stepped up and came up with a clever solution that fits this truck to a T. I love it when hardworking rigs offer creative ways to get into either beds or cabs. Here, you have both.
Period advertising shows all the different ways you could configure the transporter truck. An optional tarp with cross supports was offered to cover cargo. VW claimed the vehicle was capable of hauling 1764 pounds of payload and could fit three across in the cab.
Around back, this truck has a freshly rebuilt 1200cc engine, paired to a 4-speed transmission. There’s also original glass, a new starter and rebuilt brakes. It was built on March 2, 1959, and imported into New York. It crossed the 2019 Mecum Harrisburg auction block, selling for $38,500.