The ultimate in retro cool on the open road, the Beetle's big brother was originally built to meet the needs of frustrated delivery men.
During a visit to the Volkswagen factory in Wolfsburg, Germany in 1947, the company's Dutch distributor, Ben Pon, noticed an unusual vehicle on the factory floor. Named a 'plattenwagen', it was a flat-bed truck utilising a Beetle chassis and running gear, which was custom-built to transport machinery around the massive factory. Pon was struck with an idea. Since the end of World War II the businessman had been inundated with requests from tradespeople for a sturdy, versatile and economical transporter for goods and people. He was confident he had just found the answer. Sitting down to lunch, the Dutchman drew a crude sketch on a napkin. The result was something Pon later described as a 'box on wheels'. Rudimentary as it was, he showed his design to Volkswagen engineers who believed they could build something to match the profile.