(Low loader)
Base model single cab mfg. by VW
Conversion performed by Westfalia-Werke KG

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There were 2 main models available in the Tieflader line, a standard and a special service model. Regardless of which one you ordered, a single cab in primer was sent to Westfalia (belly pans not ordered with this model). The side gates were cut in half, and the front gate pieces were combined with the belly doors, to make a large door on each side. Hinges were then fitted to that and the body to enable to the doors to swing forward on both sides. The lower floor was then strengthened with beams. The front half of the bed was then cutout, giving the owner access to walk on the lower bed area. That cut out bed piece was then cut in half again and hinged, so the full length of the bed could be used again at any time by folding the bed leaflet back out again. The standard model had the option of extendable rails on each side which came with a rolling sled that could be guided up or down the rails in/out of the low floor bed for loading heavy large items up into the low floor such as refrigerators and etc. The service model on the other hand came equipped with a wooden lockable toolbox and sheet metal tote boxes, as well as warning stripes and a flashing beacon. Both models had the option of a partial or full length canvas and two tone paint.
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Literature from an SO catalog. Above piece submitted by Erik Wilderdijk

Westfalia conversion

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 Tieflader story from "VW Information" magazine, given to dealers back in the day. Submitted by Tonny Larsen of barndoor.dk


The Base model :Was the same on both models. A primered single cab, 6095DM. Ordered with mcodes 115 (low floor). Vehicle was primered but the inside of the cab was painted Light grey (L345) by VW.

Conversion: Undersides were strengthened with beams and the sides were prepared for the swinging door, costing 1150DM.

Standard model: 
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  • Rails and 2 roll-up sleds DM555

  • Installation/construction of a foldable bed section. Spans across low load area for full length bed usage, or can be folded in half and raised vertically to block off rear of bed. Can also lay folded back flat on bed. DM280

  • Single color  paint DM495

  • Two-Tone paint DM 535

  • Canvas and Hoops, cab height, only over the low floor DM225

    • Add-on bucklable tail part for half length canvas DM65

  • Canvas and Hoops, cab height, extending over the entire bed surface DM330

Service model:

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  • Folding bed section DM280

  • Yellow rotating light (Hella) DM150

  • 2 Sheet metal boxes with chamfered sides for strength, used for Road gravel or sand DM130

  • 1 Lockable wood tool box with padded cover DM210

  • Canvas and hoops, extending halfway just over the Tieflader. DM225

    • Add-on bucklable tail part for half length canvas DM65

  • Canvas and hoops extending over the entire bed. DM330

  • Tow hook, front DM25

  • Lacquer paint, single color DM495

  • Lacquer paint, orange RAL2000 DM535

  • Lacquer paint, two-tone DM580

  • Warning painted stripes, front and rear DM95

Both models:
Distribution Hannover - Wiedenbrück: DM79
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Thought to be
manufactured around 1960-62. Coachbuilder unknown - the side gate goes down into a ramp, instead of swinging out towards the front like the Westfalia Tieflader. Rumored that it was produced to compete with the Corvair ramp side trucks of the same era. Manufacturer and specs still unknown. If you have any information regarding this model, please contact the webmaster.
Owned by: Joe Bair
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This was seen recently on Ebay, and being advertised as a low loader like the mystery one above.. It was also claiming to be "very original, ready for restoration". I can spot at least 10 things that aren't original about this truck, how about you? So whether it is really a coachbuilt low loader/side loader, remains to be seen. i-3_B_L.jpg (72325 bytes) i-4_B_L.jpg (76853 bytes) i-6_B_L.jpg (62451 bytes) i-8_B_L.jpg (62616 bytes) i-1_B_L.jpg (79292 bytes)