You've Probably Never Seen This Rare, Quirky VW Truck Before

26 Agosto 2021 - motor1

You've Probably Never Seen This Rare, Quirky VW Truck Before

The Basis-Transporter was a bare-bones utility truck with a Beetle engine.

Automotive history is filled with forgotten cars, models left along the roadside, dwarfed by more famous names. Certain parts of the world in the 1970s had a certain Volkswagen you may never have heard about before – the Basis-Transporter. It was a bare-bones utility truck designed for basic utility and affordability, though only 6,200 Basis-Transporter Prototypes were ever made.

 It's "perhaps one of the rarest Volkswagen models ever produced," according to the automaker, which highlighted the vehicular unicorn in a throw-back-Thursday press release. The car found a home in developing regions of the world at the time, such as Mexico, Turkey, Pakistan, India, and many others. The VW Beetle was already popular in these places, so there was also consumer demand for a spartan VW truck, which the automaker was happy to supply.

By today's standards, the VW Basis-Transporter is a wet dog, packing a 1.6-liter air-cooled engine making just 50 horsepower (37 kilowatts), using the same powertrain found in the Beetle. It had a top speed of just 48 miles per hour (77 kilometers per hour), which was plenty of power for where it was sold, and it came with a 2,205-pound (1,000-kilogram) payload capacity. The engine and gearbox helped accentuate to the truck's quirky design by being located under cab, powering the front wheels.

The Basis-Transporter earned itself a host of different nicknames in the countries it was sold, being called the "Trakbayan," which translates to "country truck," in the Philippines, the "Mitra" in Indian, and several others. Its limited production run makes it a rare breed to see today because many Basis-Transporter trucks were used as trucks, helping to build these developing countries. Now you know that if you ever see one on the road today, you're looking at a rare automobile. But good luck finding one where you live.

Notícias Por Etiquetas

alfa romeoAlfa Romeo 8CAncêtresaston martinAston Martin DB5auctionaudiauktionAustinBelgiumbentleybikebikesBMWBMW 507BonhamsBrazilbugattiBuickbuying guidecadillaccamperCanadacar buying guidecar collectioncelebritiescelebritychevroletChevrolet Bel AirChevrolet Camarochevrolet corvetteChryslerCitroenCitroen 2CVCitroen DSclassicclassic carcollectioncoronaviruscustom carDatsunDe TomasoDelahayeDeLoreanDeutschlandDKWdodgeDodge Chargerdrag raceelectricevexpoFerrariFerrari 250 GTOFFVEfiatfordFord BroncoFord CapriFord Model Tford mustangFord ShelbyFord SierraFord ThunderbirdFranceGermanyH-KennzeichenHarley-DavidsonhistoryhondaHorchhot rodhow toItalyjaguarjaguar e-typejames bondJapanJay LenoJeepJeep WranglerklassicKlassikLamborghiniLamborghini CountachLamborghini MiuralanciaLancia DeltaLand RoverLINCOLNLondonLotusmaseratimazdaMecredesmercedesMercedes SLMercedes-BenzMercuryMercury CougarMGMiniMontereyMorganMorrismotorcyclemotorsportmoviesMuscle CarmuseummustangnissanNortonOldtimerOpelOpel CorsaOsenatÖsterreichParisPebble BeachpeugeotPeugeot 504PlymouthPontiacporschePorsche 356Porsche 911Porsche 914Porsche TargaPortugalPSArallyRenaultRenault 4Renault 5replicarestorationretromobileRM Sotheby'sRM Sotheby’srolls-royceRolls-Royce Silver ShadowSaabsalonSalon RétromobileseatSEMAShelbyshelby cobraSkodaSotheby’sSpainspare partsStudebakersubarusupercarsSuzukitoyotaToyota Land CruiserTrabantTriumphtuningUKUnited StatesusUSAVolkswagenVolkswagen BeetleVolvoVolvo AmazonVolvo p1800vwVW BeetleWartburgYoungtimerZAZаукционЗапорожецколлекцияУкраина