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PostPosted: Mon Dec 22, 2008 4:26 pm    Post subject: Prototype Samba, 1953? (11w DLXs/Taxis) Reply with quote

That's what the German book says...
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Know anything about it?

Ties in with the one posted on the Barndoor Junkie thread
http://www.thesamba.com/vw/forum/viewtopic.php?t=109148&start=340
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PostPosted: Mon Dec 22, 2008 4:31 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

It looks like a normal 52 or earlier Bus, although not a Deluxe, obviously.

It does have several Deluxe features or add-ons.

I say 52 or earlier because of the piano vent wings.
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PostPosted: Mon Dec 22, 2008 4:57 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

EverettB wrote:
It looks like a normal 52 or earlier Bus, although not a Deluxe, obviously.

It does have several Deluxe features or add-ons.

I say 52 or earlier because of the piano vent wings.


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PostPosted: Tue Dec 23, 2008 1:56 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Vent windows, mirror arms, no rear bumper, think the book writers should have done some checks first! Cool
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PostPosted: Tue Dec 23, 2008 3:37 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

how can you have a prototype in 1953 of a model that was already built in april 51?
In the factory photos thread its mentioned that standards were always offered in SWR/CB though non appear to survive. Dealer ads trim, job done.
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PostPosted: Tue Dec 23, 2008 10:45 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

RockStock Shot down Laughing Laughing Laughing

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how can you have a prototype in 1953 of a model that was already built in april 51?
In the factory photos thread its mentioned that standards were always offered in SWR/CB though non appear to survive. Dealer ads trim, job done.
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PostPosted: Tue Dec 23, 2008 11:05 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

not rockstock...but the book in reference.

maybe it was a prototype deluxe 11 window. Youre right they made 23 window deluxes prior, but maybe they thought there would be a market for a 'nicer' 11 window? obviously it didnt happen.
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PostPosted: Tue Dec 23, 2008 12:09 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

i wasnt trying to shoot anyone down Laughing
maybe the book was published in 53 but is showing a prototype made in early 51? just trying out the trim on a few standards before the intro of the sambas Confused
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PostPosted: Tue Dec 23, 2008 9:16 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

i think i have a cool pic of that bus's ass end in a pic a fella gave me.....i always wondered what was the scoop....give me a minute and i'll see if i can find it
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PostPosted: Tue Dec 23, 2008 10:05 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

OK, I've got one you guys can discuss for hours and I guarantee that nobody will come up with an answer that everyone wholeheartedly agrees on.
Jeff (Anchovy) posted some pics years ago that I'm not able to find now. They are of a Barndoor Ambulance in Thailand. It is one of the single craziest Buses I've ever laid eyes on and I freaked out on it back then and I'll continue to freak out on it every time I see it. It was Right Hand Drive, had a NORMAL Barndoor rear decklid, optional rear hatch! (not a "Oven Door" Ambulance like every other one I've ever seen is), it had safaris, a Deluxe dash with a funky seemed to be spotlight mount, and FULL DELUXE TRIM. I'll keep hunting for the pics, I know they used to be here years ago...
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PostPosted: Tue Dec 23, 2008 10:07 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

OK, I believe this is the dash shot...

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PostPosted: Tue Dec 23, 2008 10:20 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I just searched all of Anchovy's pics with no luck. I even checked under his old handle of "Blueboxparts" with no luck.

Jeff! Can you help us out in here? I'd love to see what ideas people have to explain that Bus.
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PostPosted: Tue Dec 23, 2008 10:21 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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is this the bus in the topic/pics above?
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PostPosted: Tue Dec 23, 2008 10:32 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

No wheel trim rings, but could be. The above the buses have different antenna's
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PostPosted: Tue Dec 23, 2008 10:33 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

hugheseum wrote:
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is this the bus in the topic/pics above?


Looks similar at the very least but it doesn't seem to have its trim rings for one thing.
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PostPosted: Tue Dec 23, 2008 10:37 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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No wheel trim rings, but could be. The above the buses have different antenna's


Haha, looks like I was typing that as you were hitting "submit", Eric.
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PostPosted: Tue Dec 23, 2008 10:40 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

BUCIOBATISTI wrote:
Long-roofs wrote:
No wheel trim rings, but could be. The above the buses have different antenna's


Haha, looks like I was typing that as you were hitting "submit", Eric.


Laughing

Also, are the emblems in the hubcaps painted on the one, and not the other?
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PostPosted: Tue Dec 23, 2008 10:44 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

right,plus the "they never did that" roof rack....and are the hubcaps vw symbals painted?..........or am i trippin off jagermeister?
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PostPosted: Tue Dec 23, 2008 11:07 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Looks to me like the first Bus has unpainted hubcap logos, the seconds are painted. The second Bus seems to be a 1952 or earlier 1953 as it has two reflectors, large license light, and it looks like the taillight lenses are flat as far as I can see. The Buses seem to be very similar but likely not the same Bus by my guess.
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PostPosted: Tue Dec 23, 2008 11:12 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

The 2nd Bus still looks like it has piano hinge vent wings to me.

The cargo door handle area looks weird, almost like it doesn't have a key area.
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