Based on the T2 Transporter, the Single Cab was a utility vehicle, that because of its rear engine layout had many great features that made it one of the best utility vehicles of its day. In order to accomodate the the height of the rear engine, the bed floor of the Single Cab had to be raised. At first inspection this would look like an issue, however, it resulted in 2 great innovations that made these trucks more usable than many others of the day.
Because of the bed height, VW added fold down gates on the bed to make accessing cargo easier. This also gave the truck the capability of carrying loads wider than the bed floor. Another added benefit of the raised bed height is the “treasure chest” storage area, a weather tight area beneath the bed between the cab and the engine.
These design features on the T2 Single/Double Cabs made them great little workers. This clean original Single cab for sale in Victorville, California is a good example of a usable vintage VW.
Hello, Up for sale is a 1961 VW Bus Transporter Single Cab powered by a 1776 engine which runs strong. A true vintage “peace” of history with a clean title. This vehicle has the original historical plates. The body is straight with some minor rust on the roof. A replacement roof will be included with this amazing piece of history. This is a head turner!!! Good Luck!!!
Finding one of these trucks that isn’t a total rot box is no easy task these days. As is the case with any VW, the epicenter for clean rust-free examples is California. While this truck isn’t perfect, it’s in the right condition for someone that likes to drive and tinker with their cars. …
I am not sure I have ever seen a Binz stateside. This may be rare and even German but I would never accuse this of being an enthusiasts car. It looks like something from Harold and Maude, more hearse than wagon. Come to think of it the Binz shares some similarities to the International Travel-All in shape. Either way it is exceptionally cool and would make a great addition to any Mercedes collection, albeit with some blood, sweat, and tears.
From the seller –
“190Db ‘Kombi’ Binz wagon
4 speed manual gearbox, later generation 110 series 2 liter diesel engine. Engine turns.
Not run in many years. Does not currently run.
Tolerable rust. Fairly solid floors.
Decent panel fit. Very weak paint. Acceptable vinyl interior. Acceptable headliner. Fold down rear seat.
Misc chrome blemishes. Misc paint blemishes.
Excellent tail light lenses.
No ignition key. New tires.
Above average shutlines and panel gaps.
Rare Binz hardware seems to all be there. Both spare tire hard cover rubber hold downs missing.
All ID tags correctly in place. Titled and currently registered in CA.
1 of approx 349 constructed in 1961.
An exceedingly rare ‘Ponton’ wagon.”
I get the whole exceedingly rare thing and I must admit that the lower the production number the more I find myself interested. But, for me, I have certain requirements. I prefer my collectibles run, have little to no rust, and have a passable paint job. This fails on all three counts.
But like I said, this is just me. Some may see this as a blank canvas, an excuse to tinker in the garage and escape the pressures of the day to day grind. If that sounds like you and you have a passion for all things Mercedes this may be a worthwhile project.…
I have read about these but have never seen one for sale which makes sense since there are only 19 known examples that still exist. As the seller points out, Enzmann built the 506 bodies and placed them onto the frames of new Volkswagen Beetles. Some of the “hot” versions were built on Porsche 356 drive trains. I can see where these designs made some sense in the 60’s as they are very George Jetson ‘ish. But, taste being what it is you have to appreciate the unique nature of what is going on here.
This example is rough and is in need of a motor. That said you can see some very cool detail in some of the finishing bits of this car. Drop in a stock 356 motor and some light interior refreshing and you would have a very unique car to show and drive. Or, go off the deep end and commit to a full restoration in the hopes of having something akin to the example that recently sold for $130k.
From the seller –
“As much as I hate to do it, I am selling my 1961 Enzmann sports car. These cars are beyond rare. Only 67 were ever produced and only 19 were still known to exist until this car was rediscovered.
Here is a little history on the Enzmann’s. The Enzmann family designed and built the Enzmann 506 bodies in Switzerland , then bought Volkswagen Beetles directly from the VW Factory and had the car shipped to thier shop back in Switzerland. The bodies were removed and the Enzmann bodies were then installed. You could get the car in many different performance packages, the best was with the 356 Porsche Engine and 356 brakes. With this set up, the Enzmann’s used to give the Porsche 356’s and 550 spiders fits back in the day….they had the same drivetrains , but due to their weight, they used to leave the Porsche 356 and 550 spiders in the dust in road racing on the European race circuits .