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Unique factory sample 1975 single cab for Mexico Turn on always show all large photos     Ad id: 2416076
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This is the original factory PVC canopy.
As for all these pickups, all three gates fold down to make a flat bed.
M-Code plate has the extremely rare ME export code for Mexico, as well as the Z21 options package.
The storage compartment has doors on both sides.
Originally light gray, the previous owner painted it blue.
1800-cc Type IV engine with dual Weber carburetors.
Seats are uphosltered in tweed and vinyl from Sewfine.
The fuel tank and compartment are all refreshed, as well as the engine compartment.
Padded dash for North America.
Euro-style instrument panel has the shoe and vent icons.
Front fog lights and European H4 headlights with parking lights restored.
Rear fog light restored.
Vintage Speed stainless steel muffler.
Tilt hoops and bows, and bed slats restored.
Bonus: Commercial VW brochure for 1975.
VW birth certificate confirms Mexico export and unusual options.
Professional appraisal $77,500, provided on request.
All receipts and records since my ownership.
Unique factory sample 1975 single cab for Mexico   Price: $38250
This is the only Mexican VW Single Cab, for sale at half its current appraised value. Appraisal provided on request.

This truck was built in 1975 as a factory sample by the factory in Germany specifically for the Mexican VW Plant in Puebla

This is an interesting and unique vehicle, having been built in Germany and delivered to Mexico, as evidenced by the "ME" export code. "How did this happen?" you may well ask, since German-made Volkswagens are not allowed to be sold or registered in Mexico, likely as a protectionist measure for the Mexican VW industry. The history of this pickup, made in Germany for export to Mexico, is provided on the truck's web page (linked below,) and is part of what makes it special.

A lot of work has been done on this truck in order to bring it back to its factory configuration. Aside from the engine, all the missing bits and bobs that were special to this vehicle have been verified or painstakingly acquired. All the parts are there, from the original dual-position fog light switch to the recently-fabricated slats for the pickup bed. This makes it a great candidate for a full-on restoration. I've gone through one restoration, and I just don't have another in me, truth be told.

I would love for someone to pick up this pickup and return it to its full glory.

Read the captivating build thread here:

A few photos are provided here, but the full story is on my web site for this truck:

The options, as detailed in the M-code plate of the single cab and confirmed on the VW "Birth Certificate", include bumper rubbers, double treasure chest doors, PVC tilt, "ambulance fans", trip odometer and clock, and a foul weather package. The Z21 foul weather package included front and rear fog lights, rear window defroster, and intermittent wipers. It had an upright AS engine, and an extra-stiff clutch. The collection of these options on a lowly pickup is a rare thing indeed--possibly unique. Since the location or condition of the double cab is currently unknown, the options that it had are also unknown.

Volkswagen de Mιxico's assessment included evaluating the possibility of using Mexican-made glass, brake systems, lights, and wiring, but ultimately it was decided that the production of pickups in Puebla would not be pursued. Since these two special-order German-built VWs could not be sold in Mexico, other options for their disposition would be needed.

The owner of the Autohaus Volkswagen and Porsche dealership in San Antonio, Texas, had been a regular visitor to the Puebla plant, having consulted on the manufacturing lines and whatnot. The two pickups were offered to him for sale, and he happily accepted delivery in Laredo, driving them back to San Antonio. The double cab was soon thereafter sold to an acquaintance in the DC area, who promptly resold it. The rest of its story is not known.

By the time I came into possession of this pickup, it had seen rougher times. Here are the only older photos I could find, from two owners ago. Note the mismatched emblem on the nose, the ill-fitting tilt, and the wrong mirrors. All these have been made right and proper, along with a lot of other stuff!

A summary of work done as of 2020:

• Replaced brake rotors and pads, and rear shoes. Flushed brake system.
• Brake booster rebuilt, and new master cylinder.
• Replaced front and rear wheel bearings.
• Top end of engine rebuilt, and aluminum plugs added to oil galleries.
• Powdercoated all engine tin.
• Repaired/replaced all instruments (except the clock, which I could not).
• Restored all lights per factory spec.
• Repainted the rear of the cab, the fuel tank compartment, and engine compartment.
• Rebuilt and reupholstered seats, sourcing a good 1-year-only 1975 driver's seat from Way-Out Salvage in Arkansas, and a full set of head rests (now with matching upholstery!)
• Installed two three-point retractable belts and new lap belt. For safety.
• Replaced mirrors with good aftermarket.
• Replaced clutch, pressure plate, flywheel, and roller bearing, using all new bolts and 5-hole washer like yer s'pose to.
• Rebuilt CV joints (already a boot needs replaced, of course).
• Replaced fuel pump with a Carter cylindrical pump.
• Serviced all locks, which use the same key. Got new keys cut to code.
• Replaced fuel tank and fittings.
• Restored ignition with a new switch with proper key.
• Replaced windshield and seal; replaced rear window seal.
• Replaced muffler with stainless steel beauty from Vintage Speed.
• Replaced five tires with Hankook RA-08s.

Work still to be done (sorry...):

• There's gonna be some welding. This includes filling the original holes in the bed (for bed slat rivets), holes in the storage compartment floor, and holes in the door where a PO had installed the Ford mirrors.
A proper replacement of some of the captive nuts in the bed will also require welding in place.
• Depending on the results of an investigation regarding the status of the original air cleaner mounting bracket, this may need to be welded in.
• The nose needs some work. Not replacement, but perhaps straightening. It looks fine, but one of the previous owners ran into something, and it must have got pushed in just ever so slightly. This is evidenced by the fact that the heater tee does not quite line up with the ducting, and that the fresh air controls do not work smoothly.
• It would be best to track down the appropriate engine for this truck. In fact I have done so, and I know of a European donor vehicle that has a 1976 AS 1600 engine in it that would be a perfect match. It is even nearby and for sale!
• From there, it is "just" body work and paint!
• Oh, and the front brake caliper cylinders need new seals.

I have tried my best to represent this truck fairly. Please ask questions after reading the above-referenced web site if you need more answers.

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