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Nuno Granja
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Crihs,

Those Bedford Truks was ver popular here and even now there are a few in working use.

The Taunus P3. as all the "P" séries Taunus was also common here.

Now behind, the behind the barn find...

 

...and behind, a South African built, VW Type 1, 1600S .

A strange bug in europe, whith the usual strange features from SAF built Type 1 as those rear light suports, allowing to fix the  1303 lights on 1200 fenders , but this one is the most strange of all, as it have the 1303 curved dash and screen but with the 1200 pré ball joint front steering/suspension.

 

The 1303 had a curved dash and screen, but also a longer chassis with McPerson Struts, and a longer bonnet...

 

The misture between 1303s curved dash and screen with shorter 1200, pré ball-joint chassis, means that the SAF bug have the shortest front bonnet of all VW Type 1...

 

Other SAF Type 1's only feature, are those Empy Sprint Stars  lookalike five studs. A friend of mine with one of those bugs on the garage, but with standart wheels, is alrreday dealing it with the onwer of the place...

 

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Here is my barnfind:

1978 Alfetta 2000L Blindata (armour plated)

I actualy bought a car with plan to restore it, but I didn't get any papers with car, so my project is sadly on stand-by...

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Nice find Coda,

Ex-mob rep car?

Must have an interesting power to height ratio.

 

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I am trying to trace Alfetta history...last known owner is ex-legionnaire:)

Power to weight is not too bad, 130 bhp / 1750 kg, because car is not bomb-proof just bulletproof, so performance is acceptable (I hope)

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Fresh catch,

A Land Rover (S3?) spotted last week on a plumber´s yard, somewhere in the north of portugal...

 

 

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Fresh catch,

("urban style" barn find)

 

 

 

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From the archives,

A Vw Type III Variant "Squareback" spotted in a farm, somewhere in the midle of Portugal...

 

This on is from the last models of the first séries. Those models have allready some details from the second séries, as modern door handles ("pull the trigger" instead of "push button") , gas filling hole in the front fender, number plate lights under a handle for the rear door.

 

Somehow this one have  a steering wheel from a Type IV 411...

 

And the a heated rear window, a rare option here...

 

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From the archives

 

A Citroen GS, a Opel Kadett B and a VW Type II BayWindow  pick-up, spotted a few years ago, somewhere in the midle of Portugal, at the backyard of a car workshop...



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Fresh catch

 

A strange Mercedes "Ponton", station wagon convertion, spotted today in a scrapyard near Lisbon...

 

In the same place, but less strange cars. A(Austin?) van...

An (S3?) Land Rover..

 

.. and  VW Type I from the midle 60's...

 

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Love the Mercedes wagon Nuno, but do you know how rare that is?  Back when I had a Crayford converted W116 wagon I, and a couple of others, did a lot of research into custom built Mercedes wagons and we collected a lot of information and photos from around the world.  The 120 series Ponotn models were sold everywhere and with many variations.  The most common wagon conversion was the Binz model, but there were others by Universal, and many ambulances made by Stolle and Meisen among others.  This is not any of those.  Mercedes did offer various cab chassis combinations for such conversions, here is one typical from the South African factory.

But the one Nuno has found suggests there was another maker of wagons, possibly in Portugal, as another similar was photographed there some years ago, but I doubt it is the same car, it had blank 'van' panels at the rear where the one Nuno found has extra windows.  

This was previously thought to have been a one-off, possibly home made, but now there are at least two.  If I was nearer to Europe I would investigate further, the chassis plate would reveal it's original date, place and style and there may even be a discreet coachbuilders plate or label somehwere.

Interesting find, as I said, and worth restoring - even if most of it is rotten there are many Ponton donor cars surviving.

Chris M.