The T1 was the first generation van from the house of Volkswagen and was basically an idea of their Dutch distributor Ben Pon who wanted to make use of their popular Beetle into a van for carrying goods and wares.
The idea impressed the workers of the VW factory as that would ease their way of transporting pallets within the factory. The then CEO of Volkswagen Heinrich Nordoff approved the plans and the first vehicle was named Bulli.
In the 1950s, the Volkswagen dealer in Nottingham, UK called Midlands Centre was already well known. This dealer in 1971 also started converting the Beetle (also known as VW Käfer) models into small buggies and sold under the brand name Beardalls.
To promote their new brand as well as the original Beetle, Midlands Centre took a VW T1 van model and shaped it accordingly, so that an empty shell of the Beetle would sit on top of it. This conversion idea was borrowed from the innovative publicity vehicles that would be seen at the annual cycling race in France, the world famous Tour de France (check this product – Renault BYRRH).
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|- Material: RESIN|
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|- Non-opening bonnet, boot and doors|
|Box Dimension (in inches)||12.5 x 7 x 11.5|
|Color||Yellow / Grey|