The Bus - VW Bulli T1
The idea behind the vehicle is credited to Dutch VW importer, Ben Pon Senior, who saw the "panel cars" used for internal transport within the Volkswagen factory. Decommissioned VW Beetle test chassis were converted and given simple wooden panels as a loading area for transporting goods within the factory
The technology for the T1 was largely taken from the VW Beetle. Rear-wheel drive with air-cooled 4-cylinder boxer engine that initially produced 25 hp. The rear pendulum axle and the front dual crankcase axle were suspended by means of torsion bars with a torsion bar each at the right and left hand sides at the rear and two overlapping "spring packages" at the front. The vehicle had drum brakes front and rear. Unlike the VW Beetle, the bodywork was self-supporting and reinforced with longitudinal and lateral profiles to support up to 900 kg of weight.