SOLD!  1956 Single Cab, Original Paint and Patina!

1956 Single Cab, Original Paint Patina Driver!

Here's one for all the patina lovers, a very cool, early, and perfectly sun faded Dove Blue 1956 Single Cab Pickup Truck in fully running and driving condition.  For many enthusiasts, there is no substitute for original paint and those natural wear patterns that come with 54 years of life.  It's certainly not for everybody, but then neither are plastic surgery and breast augmentation but that's another story...
This early truck has a long list of cool features including original pressed bumpers, brakelight decklid, original SBL17 dual filament bubble taillights, ambulance fan, single cab roof rack, crankstart handle, original front hoop, and new interior as well as updated mechanicals with a 1600 dual port, Big Nut transaxle, all new brake system, fresh white stripe radial tires, and much more.  It has been fully gone through and is ready for fun.

The body is in fair to good shape with some localized rust in the normal areas you'd expect to see on a old Truck of this era, mainly the rockers, upper dogleg triangle, and a couple other small spots you'll see in the pics.  The front floor is rock solid, rear bed is nice and strong, belly floor is nice too with a small hole worth mentioning as well.  The gates are pretty good with some typical fatigue tears at the hinges and some slight bowing from end to end.  They function well and are certainly fine as they are.  The lower drivers nose has some light wrinkling and it seems that the dogleg was replaced long ago with another original paint early dogleg.  The welding there was more for function than beauty but it is solid and gets the job done.  All of the body components are correct, pressed bumpers, decklid, doglegs, taillights, crankstart rear apron, early pull handle doors, etc.  The real beauty is that there's nothing hiding on this Truck, its original paint status lets you see its honest history.

The interior is in great shape with original paint throughout including the uncut dash, freshly and correctly upholstered black bench seat, new grey pressed board paneling, and a brand new Wolfsburg West floor mat.  The original ambulance fan works but could benefit from servicing as it spins slowly and the light comes on some of the time.  Overall the cab is very presentable, totally stock, and just the way it's supposed to be.

The owner runs a Volkswagen shop and built this truck to use as his shop truck so he went through all systems to get it ready for action.  Mechanically it features a desirable and very roadworthy combo of a good running 1600 dual port engine and a 46mm Big Nut transaxle.  In addition it has had a 12 volt electrical system conversion and a completely rebuilt brake system including master, wheel cylinders, shoes, rubber hoses, and even the metal lines are new.  The trans does weep a bit of oil at the side plates so that will be something to address at some point.  The tires are fresh white stripe radials mounted on correct silver white painted 15 inch Bus wheels and topped off with grey commercial hubcaps.  It is very roadworthy and is a great vintage Truck to use proudly as it is.

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Please note that the Truck is located in Albuquerque, New Mexico.  The owner is willing to help with transporting it out to California in the event that is necessary.

Please visit my website at to see more Vintage VWs, Classic Cars, and Parts for sale.  Thanks!

Brendan Finn (858)366-2549

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