Volkswagen Type 147

The Volkswagen Type 147, famously known as the “Fridolin” or “Kurierwagen,” holds a significant place in the history of Volkswagen and automotive design. Produced from 1964 to 1974, this unique commercial vehicle showcased Volkswagen’s innovative approach to utility vehicles.

The history of the Type 147 traces back to the early 1960s when Volkswagen sought to develop a compact and efficient delivery vehicle. Inspired by the success of the Volkswagen Beetle, the Type 147 was designed to offer practicality, reliability, and cost-effectiveness for businesses and individuals.

The design of the Type 147 was distinctively boxy and functional. It featured a compact body with a spacious cargo area at the rear. The vehicle had a two-door configuration, with a large rear opening for easy loading and unloading of goods. The driver and passenger seats were positioned in the front cabin, providing excellent visibility and comfort.

One of the notable design elements of the Type 147 was its rear-engine layout, similar to the Volkswagen Beetle. This configuration allowed for a roomy interior and improved traction on the road. The air-cooled engine, located at the rear, provided reliable performance and enhanced maneuverability.

The Type 147 gained popularity as a versatile delivery vehicle, serving a wide range of businesses, including postal services, bakeries, and florists. Its compact size made it ideal for navigating narrow streets and congested urban areas, while its reliability ensured efficient deliveries.

Beyond its utilitarian purpose, the Type 147 left a lasting impact on automotive design. Its boxy shape and functional features became iconic, influencing future generations of commercial vehicles. Today, the Type 147 holds a special place in the hearts of collectors and enthusiasts, who appreciate its unique design and historical significance.

The Volkswagen Type 147, or Fridolin/Kurierwagen, remains a testament to Volkswagen’s commitment to producing practical and innovative vehicles. Its history and design showcase the brand’s dedication to meeting the diverse needs of businesses and individuals, while leaving an enduring legacy in the automotive world.

Featured image courtesy of VW Trends Magazine


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