1959 Volkswagen Single Cab Custom pickup truck
A superb example of the Volkswagen Single Cab pickup truck
variation restored to perfection. In looking at this unique and
memorable VW truck you will see a remarkable devotion to detail by
an enthusiast who knows his VWs and has owned some 18
Purchased in 2013, the truck was already redone but then after a
small engine fire, the owner again totally restored this vehicle
bringing it to an unbelievable level of quality and
The body was fully prepped and totally repainted in beautiful
"Sealing Wax Red". The restoration shop used a two-stage system for
the Axalta base coats and clear coats.
The interior including the bench seat were not damaged in the fire
and so is in pristine condition down to the period correct VW seat
Of course the engine had to be replaced in the back of the truck so
the 2275 cc air cooled four cylinder is totally new and has been
extensively improved with new internals including Weber carbs, a
Pertonix ignition system and a stainless steel exhaust system. The
steering box was replaced with a rebuilt box and the Barndoor
steering wheel with the right model. The wiring harness was also
In addition to the new power plant the truck was raised up to the
stock level via adjustable front beam/rear spring plates. The
wheels were replaced with the correct 15-inch steel wheels with the
rims and front bumper repainted in white.
The owner, a woodworking enthusiast, redid the truck bed with slats
of hard maple and black walnut wood. All were finished with four
coats of Spar Varnish and then locked in place. An interesting
innovation on these VW trucks was the raised bed so wheel wells
don't interfere with the cargo space and all three sides are hinged
and can fold down allowing full access for loading the bed...not
that you would want to given the beautiful wood slats.
Already a show award winner, this unique and beautiful VW pickup is
certain to go on winning awards for the new owner.