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1961bluebug Mon Nov 28, 2011 5:06 am

So, how many owners of this exotic VW attend this forum? Letīs make this topic for sharing information, links, ads, interesting and non-published pictures etc.

There s lot misinformation on the web regarding Type 147 so letīs keep this topic informative.

Let me be the first:

This is my 1973 swiss version Type 147, one of 1201 ever produced.

WOB-SAM Mon Nov 28, 2011 6:01 am

Plain and easy....

Never registered, never welded, never painted just factory new.....

A real survivor :)

Love my Frido!

WOB-SAM :lol:


Why did you picture your Fridolin @ the Barrandov Studios - Stage 8 is a niceīn modern enviorment....

1961bluebug Mon Nov 28, 2011 6:45 am

wow that is fantastic, whatīs the story behind? Was it stored in a museum or private collection, or simply postal service forgot that they have one delivery van stored in a warehouse for 30 years?:-)

Can I ask you later for some pics of interior panelling? My fridolin doesnīt have any (apart from sliding door panels) and I would like to mimic original interior panels. I donīt know how and where they were attached.

ratlookvw Mon Nov 28, 2011 9:55 am

I have a german postal frid panel, was in a container from germany, sitting in ft.myers fla at my friends fathers shop. have not touched it in years, but the gears are starting to turn now. stay tuned! ratlookvw

A-Zonie Tub Mon Nov 28, 2011 9:47 pm

My wife’s idea is for all the West Coast Fridolins to meet up at this years Classic... Should 7 or 8 she thinks..

patricio andrade Tue Nov 29, 2011 6:29 pm

Hi, i have the only 2 knows Fridolin of my country, both are from 1968 and Westfalia numbers are correlative. Came new to be used for the distribution of a firm of tea. I have one already completed and another restoration process.

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we had a lot of fun at the drag strip with two frido's raicing ....

cheers jens

SICKFRID Thu Dec 01, 2011 6:47 pm

I have imported a total of 6 to the US. I purchased them from Germany and England, with help from my friends Robert and Jens. The Fridolins I once owned are now spread throughout the country from Florida to Hawaii. I still own a Swiss model along with miscellaneous parts and accessories. In the near future I hope to be making some pretty significant improvements and upgrades.

Elswago Thu Dec 22, 2011 5:31 pm

[quote="WOB-SAM"]Plain and easy....

Never registered, never welded, never painted just factory new.....

A real survivor :)

Love my Frido!

WOB-SAM :lol:

What's the story on
this frid or is it a unicorn?

sunnybug84 Sun Jan 01, 2012 12:28 pm

I bought this one in 2010 from Jens, same Jens mentioned above. :D

Since I live in the states now for almost a year and the Frid is back in Germany, nothing really happend to it.

1961bluebug Mon Jan 02, 2012 5:21 am

wow this is a lot of work you have there:-) But I guess it is still an intact Fridolin.

Happy New Year to all Fridolin owners, keep them coming!

ruud's fridolin Tue Oct 23, 2012 11:33 am

This is my fridolin 4-1969
it is in the Netherlands.
he is almost ready.

IN2VWS Fri Oct 26, 2012 1:25 am

Hi Guys,

I am now the proud owner of a Frid.
It's a 1974 Swiss model.

72volksbug Wed Dec 05, 2012 11:31 pm

I have never even heard of these until today! I would love one of these as a shop car! Perfect for getting parts or running parts, not to big but not to small you could fit motorcycle tins or even an engine in the little guy! They gatta be super rare I'm sure. Grats on you guys that scored one.

1970 Fridolin Thu Jan 03, 2013 2:28 pm

I own a 1970 Frid. Thought to be German model but recently found out it is indeed an early Swiss model. Doesn't have bigger back window or corner windows but does have panels on walls, top vent, and an external gas heater under hood. I got it in 2005 and it sat for 5 years. Now for 2 it has been undergoing a rebuild. Having to fab all rusted panels. Hopefully this will be my year to drive it.

A-Zonie Tub Thu Jan 03, 2013 3:00 pm

To my Knowledge Swiss versions of the Frid did not start being produced until 1972... Swiss have big window, corner windows and a vent on the front roof centered above the windshield... Please refer to What you described is a German... You can run serial numbers with IG they are the Fridolin Bible... If it is a Swiss what a great find it would be and a prototype!!! Cheers

1970 Fridolin Thu Jan 03, 2013 8:52 pm

Maybe mine is a modified German who knows. It has all the Swiss stuff except bigger back window and corners. Who knows, but it is still a Frid and mine.. so... :)

new-wave147 Fri Jan 04, 2013 12:31 am

The Schweizer Bundespost PTT (Swiss Postal Service) ordered 1201 cars from 1965 to 1974, although in a modified version due to changed requirements: They had a 1,3 litre 44 PS engine, front disk brakes, auxiliary heater, ventilation hatch in the roof, outside mirrors not attached to the doors but to the front fenders, a custom made interior paneling and during the last years of manufacture a larger scale window in the tailgate and additional windows in the rear corners, to improve the view from within the car. In 1974 the production of the Fridolin ended, but a small reserve stock of new cars was put into commission by the PTT until 1977.

IN2VWS Fri Jan 04, 2013 2:31 am

The Swiss post kept them in service for a long time also.
Mine is a 1974 model, and it was kept in service until 1987, according to the PTT log books that came with my Frid.

SwissFly Thu Feb 28, 2013 10:58 am

I do have a '71 Swiss Post Fridolin with no corner windows and and larger back window. It has also no roof vent. But it has the 1300 44PS engine, disk brakes in the front and a auxiliary heater.
Greetings from Switzerland

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