A Dutchman called Bernardus Marinus managed a business called ‘Pon’s Automobielhandel’ that sold German products such as Continental tyres and Opel cars. He also wanted to distribute the Volkswagen Käfer (Beetle) as it was popular there. And so in 1947, he became the distributor for Volkswagen in 1947 for Netherlands (Holland).
The T1 was the first generation van from the house of Volkswagen and was basically an idea of Bernardus Marinus who wanted to make use of their popular people's car Beetle into a van for carrying goods and wares.
This laid the roots to the building of the most famous icon – Volkswagen van. The designation T1a and T1b appeared only in the 1990s for classification and easier understanding of various variants as the original T1 van underwent various modifications.
Also referred as the Messerschmitt Tiger, the firm Fahrzeug und Maschienenbau GmbH (FMR) who made the FMR Tg 500 Roadster microcar (nicknamed Tiger) borrowed the plant and the technology from Messerschmitt who were making the same model KR 200. With some design changes this model immediately caught the eye of the public.
This microcar had a straight twin 500 cc engine and had a top speed of 125 km/hr. Designed by aeronautical engineer Fritz Fend (who to his credit also built another microcar Fend Flitzer) this car had seating arrangement in tandem and a bubble canopy as the roof. About 400 cars were produced.
|- Premium collectible|
|- Licensed product|
|- Material: RESIN (Microcar)|
|- Material: ZAMAC (zinc alloy), Rubber and Plastic (Van)|
|- High precision miniature models|
|- Opening model (Van) and non-opening model (Microcar)|
|- Combo package of microcar and service van|
|- Only 500 pieces created (FMR Tg 500 Tiger)|
|- Only 750 pieces created (VW T1b)|
|Box Dimension (in inches)||12 x 6 x 7 and 10.5 x 6 x 5.5|
|Color||Green / Red|
|Material||Metal / Resin|