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PostPosted: Tue Mar 01, 2016 12:16 am    Post subject: Barndoor Coachbuilders #1: Hans Kohlruss’ Buses Reply with quote

As i am quite interested in barndoor buses that were modified by coachbuilders, i collected all pics that i found here on thesamba and started some topics about them. I want to collect all the information about these special buses in their respective threads, where we can start discussions about the pics and buses.

This topic is about Kohlruss buses, other topics about Karl Schreiner and Unknown coachbuilders will follow!

Hans Kohlruss

Now let's start with Hans Kohlruss, i think currently he is the most famous coachbuilder we know. He created deluxe panorama buses starting with factory delivered panels! Most important signs of his buses are the two roof windows above the driver cabin as well as the two long side-windows with a silver-coloured frame on the left side of the bus - i can’t say what kind of metal it really is...
On the right side of the bus he kept the factory made passenger doors and built in small windows - followed by another sliding-window. Also note all of the deluxe trim on the buses!

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paella wrote:
this is somehow an offical photo, because it wears the Kohlruss stamp on the back:
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the stamp:
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detail of the steering wheel:
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Here is a pic of his workshop in Vienna – I don’t know which one it shows, as there are 2 known addresses (as shown above – “Obere Donaustrasse 29-31, 1020 Vienna” and “Brigittaplatz 19, 1200 Vienna”).
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PostPosted: Tue Mar 01, 2016 12:16 am    Post subject: Re: Barndoor Coachbuilders #1: Hans Kohlruss’ Buses Reply with quote

Some other vintage pics of Austrian Kohlruss Buses

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On pictures in good resolution/quality you can also see the Kohlruss-badge at the dogleg:
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PostPosted: Tue Mar 01, 2016 12:16 am    Post subject: Re: Barndoor Coachbuilders #1: Hans Kohlruss’ Buses Reply with quote

The Survivor

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I don't have any numbers about how many buses were modified by Hans Kohlruss. Today, there is only one bus known that has survived.
It has been found about 3 years ago in the woods near Villach in Austria. The guys who found it dug around the place where it has been found to rescue every single screw and rusty piece of metal.
Afterwards the bus went in the hands of Mark S., who does some magic kind of restoration – he created a facebook group called The Kohlruss VW Barndoor Restoration where you can follow this truly awesome project!

He has plans to bring the Kohlruss Bus back on the road again by July 2016 and present it at the 11. Großglockner VW-Bulli-Treffen – a VW Bus Meeting at the highest mountain in Austria.
This fits perfectly because as much as I know most coachbuilt Kohlruss buses have been used as taxis and tour buses to conquer the Austrian Alps by hotels and local tour guides.
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PostPosted: Tue Mar 01, 2016 12:17 am    Post subject: Re: Barndoor Coachbuilders #1: Hans Kohlruss’ Buses Reply with quote

Other pics of Kohlruss buses

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I do have a few other Kohlruss pics – I will add them by time but for the first I just wanted to collect all pics that I found on thesamba forum & gallery.


Of course it is possible that I was wrong with something or that I forgot a photo – if so, please apologize. Feel free to put it right and add more photos! Very Happy
If anyone wants to know, where i found the pics - just contact me and i'll send you the link with the original posts!

Also look at the other topics that I started about coachbuilt barndoor buses:
Coachbuilder: Karl Schreiner
Coachbuilder: Unknown ones
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PostPosted: Tue Mar 01, 2016 12:35 am    Post subject: Re: Barndoor Coachbuilders #1: Hans Kohlruss’ Buses Reply with quote

Cool thread . Thanks 8)
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PostPosted: Tue Mar 01, 2016 2:30 am    Post subject: Re: Barndoor Coachbuilders #1: Hans Kohlruss’ Buses Reply with quote

AustroBus wrote:
Most important signs of his buses are the two roof windows above the driver cabin as well as the two long side-windows with a silver-coloured frame on the left side of the bus - i can’t say what kind of metal it really is...


All the custom built window trim was made by hand from Aluminium stock and each window frame/openings are stamped with a matching number, so that each frame goes into its intended place after painting.
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PostPosted: Fri Jul 08, 2016 12:28 am    Post subject: Re: Barndoor Coachbuilders #1: Hans Kohlruss’ Buses Reply with quote

In case anyone here has no facebook account - you missed something...
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The Kohlruss Barndoor bus is driving again! Applause Dancing Applause
I hope it is okay to upload your photo here, Mark Smile

Just a reminder - this is how it looked when they found it:
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Find more pics of this unique bus at The Kohlruss VW Barndoor Restoration
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PostPosted: Fri Jul 08, 2016 7:28 am    Post subject: Re: Barndoor Coachbuilders #1: Hans Kohlruss’ Buses Reply with quote

awesome, thanks for posting it
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PostPosted: Fri Jul 08, 2016 8:19 am    Post subject: Re: Barndoor Coachbuilders #1: Hans Kohlruss’ Buses Reply with quote

And it was on its way to the LE MANS CLASSIC.... and arrived with some small problems.... Nothing that could'nt be solved with some on board tools. Great effort to the Mark.I hope he will have a good time in LE MANS.
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PostPosted: Fri Jul 08, 2016 3:02 pm    Post subject: Re: Barndoor Coachbuilders #1: Hans Kohlruss’ Buses Reply with quote

all to be said:


M A R K !!!

K R S S !!!


totally Cool

speechless......
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PostPosted: Fri Jul 08, 2016 3:07 pm    Post subject: Re: Barndoor Coachbuilders #1: Hans Kohlruss’ Buses Reply with quote

The Highlander. Last one in existence
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PostPosted: Fri Jul 08, 2016 3:11 pm    Post subject: Re: Barndoor Coachbuilders #1: Hans Kohlruss’ Buses Reply with quote

Nice car, hope He drive it to the Großglockner as He said 👍
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PostPosted: Sun Jul 10, 2016 4:14 pm    Post subject: Re: Barndoor Coachbuilders #1: Hans Kohlruss’ Buses Reply with quote

Wow, thanks for sharing
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PostPosted: Sun Jul 10, 2016 8:04 pm    Post subject: Re: Barndoor Coachbuilders #1: Hans Kohlruss’ Buses Reply with quote

i dont really care about vws anymore but in case none of you realize it this bus is the sickest vw bus to be found and built as it was ever.........anyone with money can own a plain jane bd 23.......a coachbuilt more exotic than a factory deluxe?......all the bd 23s in the world could join as one like voltron and not come close to defeating the radness of this old turd
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PostPosted: Mon Jul 11, 2016 3:08 pm    Post subject: Re: Barndoor Coachbuilders #1: Hans Kohlruss’ Buses Reply with quote

I know. and Mark knows. thx Adam.
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PostPosted: Tue Jul 12, 2016 1:12 pm    Post subject: Re: Barndoor Coachbuilders #1: Hans Kohlruss’ Buses Reply with quote

...found another picture from the Tiroler Bus with plate T1 - 489. ....will be here later!!

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PostPosted: Thu Jul 14, 2016 3:00 pm    Post subject: Re: Barndoor Coachbuilders #1: Hans Kohlruss’ Buses Reply with quote

here it is, the T1-489....

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PostPosted: Tue Jul 26, 2016 12:50 pm    Post subject: Re: Barndoor Coachbuilders #1: Hans Kohlruss’ Buses Reply with quote

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