1952 Volkswagen Papler Type 18A Convertible Police Price: 154900
1952 Volkswagen Papler Type 18A Convertible Police car
4 Doors in Steel
1 of 8 known
Total 200 Volkswagen Paplers Type 18A are built 150 for the Police and 50 for the Fire brigade/Doctor
With little over 155 known Hebmullers and only 8 known Volkswagen Type 18A Papler convertibles we can definately say we have something rare for sale.
Probably a once in a lifetime opportunity to obtain one of the rarest Volkswagens in the world.
This was in a private collection for over 30 years (Hermann Walter in Verl).
It has never been restored, nor is it a matching nr car.
This is an ex Police car and once it went out of service it went into private ownership.
As a police car it has been repaired a couple of times, its engine was changed a couple of times and it shows it marks of being in the service.
Great car to make technical ready and drive as is or the perfect base car for a correct restoration.
I would leave it untouched and keep its story alive, but thats up to the buyer what to do with it.
Yes it is a lot of money, but lets be happy that there is an opportunity to buy a pappler. That alone is something special and probably wont happen in a while anymore.
It has German papers. The engine is not the first one, the body nr doesnt match the chassis number. But probably this was already the case when Pappler put their modified bodies on an existing chassis.
The Volkswagen Type 18A is a limited production variant of the Volkswagen Type 1 made for the German police that started production in 1949.
In German it was called "Polizei Cabriolet" or Gendarmerier.
It was also used by East Berlin's fire department.
In total 482 Volkswagen Type 18A were made, 203 by Karosserie Austro-Tatra. The lack of doors made it easy to get in or out of the car, but made it uncomfortable during the winter. The floorpan was strengthened, but the engine was a stock Type 1 engine producing 25 hp (19 kW), with a top speed of 100 km/h.
The car was initially made by Hebmüller, but in 1950 production was moved to Karmann. Later a version with doors (Type 15A M47) was also produced. During the late 1940s, four different types of Polizei Cabriolet were made, based on either Type 1 sedans or VW running gear by Karmann, Hebmüller (which had a cabriolet top and mostly used four cloth doors), Papler (based in Köln, which differed in having four steel doors and Austro-Tatra (which also used steel doors, and like the Hebmüller had a cabriolet top)