Something Special



During the times there has been little companies and even private persons who have manufactured their own special cars or special bodies. Because of the simple construction of Volkswagen it has been very popular basis to rebuilding. It was quite simple to place the new special body to that simple strong chassis, comparing to other manufacturers cars.

Moreover, Volkswagens delivery price was cheap, and it really didn't look like a sports car. That's why many people in 50's were so interested in building special bodies to Volkswagen chassis, and they also did. Many of those bodies never went to serial production, maybe only one prototype was manufactured, and that's why they are so rare today.

There are couple of special body models that are very well-known today, still couple of those existing, such as Rometsch, Dannenhauer & Stauss etc. There has also been many other unknown more or less beautiful bodies, none of them existing today. Here you can see photos about some of those, do not get shocked...:)

If you know about some special bodied Volkswagen that isn't shown here, please send me photos, or even tell me about it.

Story by:
Mikko Heikkiläl

Copyright 1999 Mikko Heikkilä. Optimized 1024x768 resolution.

Auto-Drews, photo 7/54 Auto-Drews
Brazilian Auto-Drews Ltda. (Curitiba-Parana) introduced their speacial body based on VW-chassis in autumn 1954.
Auto-Drews, photo 7/54.
Benno Kleinau, photo 10/54 Benno Kleinau
German Benno Kleinau Kraftfahrzeugreparaturen (Kaiserslautern) introduced their prototype based on Volkswagen chassis in autumn 1954.

Benno Kleinau, photo 10/54.
Beutler Coupe, photo 7/54 Beutler
German Beutler is often known about their in 1956 introduced special body based in VW, the Station Wagon. But, Beutler also manufactured Coupe body based on VW chassis, as you can see from the photo.

Beutler Coupe, photo 6/56. Beutler Station Wagon, photo from original 50's Beutler brochure.
Dannenhauer & Stauss Cabriolet, photo 6/53 Dannenhauer & Stauss
German Dannenhauer & Stauss (Stuttgart) manufactured thier special bodies for Volkswagen chassis in early and mid 50's. The models were Coupe and Cabriolet, and the price for the body was in December '54 only 5250 DM, and price for the complete car was in June '53 8895 DM and in December '54 8500 DM.

Dannenhauer & Stauss Cabriolet, photo 12/54 Dannenhauer & Stauss Cabriolet, photo 12/54 Dannenhauer & Stauss Coupe, photo 7/52
Denzel Sport, photo 6/53 Denzel
German Denzel (Wien) manufactured thier special body for Volkswagen chassis in about '53-'57.
They had three models;
Denzel Sport with 1300cc 54PS engine
Denzel Sport Super with 1300cc 65PS engine
Denzel Sport International with 1500cc 80PS engine

Denzel Sport, photo 7/56
Drews, photo 12/56 Drews
Aluminium-bodied, hand-made Drews cabriolets were manufactured in mid 50's. Only one of them exists today.
East German Transporter, photo 5/54 East German Transporter
East German Transporter, based on Kübelwagen chassis. Only one of them exists today.
Gebrüder Vergo, photo 12/56 Gebrüder Vergo
Swiss Gebrüder Vergo (Chiasso) manufactured this Volkswagen-Roadster in 1956.

Gebrüder Vergo, photo 12/56. Gebrüder Vergo, photo 12/56.
VW-Gutbrod-Goliath, photo 7/56 VW-Gutbrod-Goliath
VW-Gutbrod-Goliath with 2-cylinder 565cc VW-engine, photo 7/56.

VW-Gutbrod-Goliath, photo 7/56.
Günter Schenk, photo 8/54 Günter Schenk
German Günter Schenk (Stuttgart) introduced their prototype based on Volkswagen chassis in autumn 1954.
Hermann Spohn, photo 10/54 Hermann Spohn
German Hermann Spohn Karosseriebau (Rasensburg) introduced their glass-fibre and plastic-bodied prototype based on Volkswagen chassis in autumn 1954.

Hermann Spohn, photo 10/54.
Palten-Transporter, photo 7/54 Palten-Transporter
Palten-Transporter with 135PS diesel engine. Lookslike VW Transporter, but it is much more bigger. Photo 7/54.

Palten-Transporter chassis, photo 7/54
4-seat Porsche, photo 11/56 4-seat Porsche
Special-bodied Porsche 356, seats for four persons, photo from November 1956.
4-seat Porsche, photo 11/56 4-seat Porsche
Another special-bodied Porsche 356, seats for four persons, photo from November 1956.
Hard-top Porsche, photo 12/56 Hard-top Porsche
Special-bodied Porsche 356 HT, costructor: Walter Glöckler.
Porsche Jeep, photo 8/53 Porsche Jeep
First prototype about Porsche Jeep with 1500cc 55PS engine, manufactured by Flugzeugfabrik Fletcher in California, USA. Photo 8/53.

Porsche Jeep, photo 8/53 Porsche Jeep, photo 8/53
Porsche Jeep Typ 597, photo 12/54 Porsche Jeep Typ 597
Porsche Jeep Typ 597 with 1500cc 55PS engine, photo 12/54.
Porsche Jeep, photo 4/55
Article about Porsche, Goliath and DKW Jeeps, Das Auto, Motor und Sport, 26/54. Article about Porsche, Goliath and DKW Jeeps, Das AMS, 26/54. Article about Porsche, Goliath and DKW Jeeps, Das AMS, 26/54. Article about Porsche, Goliath and DKW Jeeps, Das AMS, 26/54.
Article about Porsche, Goliath and DKW Jeeps, Das Auto, Motor und Sport, 26/54.
Rometsch Coupe, photo 9/56 Rometsch
Spezial-Sport-Luxus-Coupe-und-Cabriolet
German Karosserie Friedrich Rometsh manufactured two special bodies for Volkswagen chassis, the Cabriolet, priced to 8250 DM, and Coupe with panorama rear window, priced to 7950 DM.

Rometsch Cabriolet, photo 9/56 Rometsch Coupe, photo 3/56 Rometsch Coupe, photo 1/54 Rometsch Coupe, photo 1/54
Rometsch Taxi, photo 9/52 Rometsch
Taxi
German Karosserie Friedrich Rometsh manufactured also four-door taxi model, based on export-model beetle. At least one of those exists today, and it's oval window. But, did you you know, there were also Taxis with split window, look at the photo, it's from September 1952, and it is a split!
Steyr-Volkswagen, photo 4/55 Steyr-Volkswagen
German Steyr-Volkswagen with VW engine, photo 4/55.

Steyr-Volkswagen, photo 4/55
Tatra T 600, photo 11/52 Tatra T 600
Tatra is not actually a Volkswagen, but it is like a VW's "big" cousin with it's rear-mounted air-coolder engine, split window etc.

Tatra T 600 test drive, Moottori 11/52.
Tatra T 600 test drive, Moottori 11/52.
Tatra Typ 603, photo 3/56 Tatra 603
Tatra Typ 603 with 2450cc V8-engine had almost nothing common with VW any more.

Tatra Typ 603, photo 3/56
Vigale, photo 12/53 Vigale
Italian Vigale manufactured thier special body for Volkswagen chassis, introduced in autumn 1953.

Vigale, photo 12/53 Vigale, photo 12/53
3-wheel Volkswagen, photo 12/53 3-wheel Volkswagen
Swiss-made 3-wheel Volkswagen, photo 7/53.
3-wheel Volkswagen, photo 6/54 3-wheel Volkswagen
3-wheel Volkswagen, manufacturer unknown, photo 6/54.

3-wheel Volkswagen, photo 6/54
3-wheel Volkswagen, photo 11/56 3-wheel Volkswagen
3-wheel Volkswagen, manufacturer unknown, photo 11/56.
3-wheel Volkswagen, photo 8/54 3-wheel Volkswagen
3-wheel Volkswagen with engine under front hood! (Notice those air intake holes), manufacturer unknown, photo 8/54.

3-wheel Volkswagen, photo 8/54
Volkswagen with square window, photo 8/54 Volkswagen with square window.
Volkswagen with square window, photo 8/54.