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1959 Volkswagen Custom in Saratoga Springs, New York

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Vehicle Description

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 Volkswagens.

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 authenticity.

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 belts.

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 replaced.

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.

Vehicle Details

  • Listing ID:CC-1390231
  • Price:Auction Vehicle
  • Location:Saratoga Springs, New York
  • Year:1959
  • Make:Volkswagen
  • Model:Custom
  • Exterior Color:Red
  • Interior Color:Gray
  • Transmission:Manual
  • Odometer:36686
  • Stock Number:276
  • VIN:478042