First, some history of the Koffer Aufbau (“Box Body”), as these enclosed container vans were known. They first appeared in 1953 based on Pick Up models and by 1958 had their own Special Model SO codes. They were not factory models but VW approved conversion in various formats, by coachbuilders such as Westfalia and Strike. By the time of the introduction of the T3, special models became known as Sonderfahrzeuge, which could be ordered from various conversion companies. Interestingly the VIN number of the Box Van featured here shows it is not based on a Pick-Up, as most were, but on a Panel Van, and whilst the original convertor is not known there are striking similarities to the versions produced by Karmann in the ’80s, especially the rear vents and design of opening side sales flap /serving counter and large rear door.
The body shows the history and uses that Bertha (as the bus is now known) has had over the years. The original color appears to have been Merian Brown (a 1986 color),
However, as can be seen in the patina and paint peel, it’s been many colors over the years, including yellow and green, before being painted in blue.
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