Few vehicles in the world have a cult following which matches that of the Volkswagen van. Even today, 65 years after its first appearance, it stars in films and commercials, and stands – more than any other vehicle – for freedom, travel and fun.
At Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles the legendary van has its own department dedicated to preserving its heritage: Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles Oldtimers. Formed in 2007, the team has expanded quickly since then. Not only has the team purchased and restored about 100 vehicles for its own collection – from now on, it is offering restoration of historic Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles for customers, inclusive of detailed documentation.
To be able to do this, Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles Oldtimers moved to a new building in Hanover at the beginning of this year. An area of approximately 7000 square metres now not only accommodates historical treasures, but also houses a workshop which includes everything from a sheet metal bending bench, lathes and milling machines to a paint shop. The department has a staff of 13, from mechanics to a technology historian and an event planner.
Owners of an historic Volkswagen Commercial vehicle can now have it restored here, at its place of origin. No matter whether a full or partial restoration is required, or a van is simply to be made roadworthy, the ‘Bulli’ workshop team will undertake any assignment.
The staff talk through all personal restoration wishes with the customer before preparing an individually tailored offer. Uniquely, only here does the customer receive certificated works restoration. In addition, for each customer the team of Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles Oldtimers provides comprehensive documentation of the restoration of the vehicle, with every step photographically documented and described in detail. Thus the work performed by the specialists from Hanover is recorded for posterity.
Some of the replacement parts needed when working on classics are even taken from Volkswagen’s original stock, with support from Volkswagen Classic Parts.
For more information: www.volkswagen-vans.co.uk