1956 Wolfsburg Highroof!

1956 Wolfsburg Highroof Panel Bus, Original Acme Laundry Logos!

Here's a very cool and unusual early Bus with an awesome and very unique story.  The Bus was recently discovered in Fairbanks, Alaska where it had been sitting unregistered and virtually untouched since 1967.  According to its birth certificate, it left the Volkswagen Transporter factory in Wolfsburg, Germany on March 26th, 1956 as a normal Dove Blue Panel Bus.  It was destined for New York and was outfitted with mud and snow tires, possibly a practical option for its future Alaskan home?  From this point the Bus' life story becomes a bit unknown but as you can now see, it was brought to a coachbuilder who converted it to a highroof delivery Bus for the Acme Laundry and Dry Cleaning Equipment Company in Anchorage, Alaska.  You can learn much more of the Bus' incredible story at the following link...

Some of the many interesting features include the coachbuilt high top roof, the cool logoed paint scheme with very strong original Acme Laundry Equipment Company signage, bubble taillights, early brakelight decklid, bullet turn signals, original harp mirror arms with oversized commercial mirrors, original crow's foot 15 inch Bus wheels with early flat top lug nuts, the Wolfsburg Bus features of the tubular trans hanger, seamed doglegs, Barndoor long-ribbed front bumper, and the rubber seal around the gas door just to name a few.
The body is in impressive condition for such an early Bus that hasn't been touched in over 45 years.  All of the sheet metal is correct including the pressed bumpers, Wolfsburg brakelight decklid, cab doors, flat cargo doors, early seamed doglegs, etc.  Of course there is some rust around but it is surprisingly little for such an early Bus that has spent so many years in Alaska.  The worst spots are the front floor corners, some perforation in the battery tray corner area, and some other blisters and corrosion in the typical areas.  It is mostly down low in the common spots.  Overall the Bus is impressively straight with some bonks and dings here and there but most should be able to be knocked out fairly easily.  The paint is very strong for its years and will undoubtedly polish up nicely with some careful buffing.

The interior is also impressively original with original Dove Blue paint in the cab, nice and original flat Grey paint in the cargo area, the correct flat back front bench seat still in the original black upholstery, and the original cab divider is intact and super nice.  Other details to note include the original ribbed chrome door handles with black bakelite escutcheons, original although ratty black rubber floor mat, most of the grey pressed board panels including the roof panels, correct 70mph speedo, and the uncut dash complete with a vintage tube style radio, too.

The Bus is a full roller with the stock front beam, original split case reduction box transaxle, and the original crow's foot 15 inch wheels with some very old bias ply tires on them.  There is no engine or gas tank and the Bus would have originally had a 1192cc 36hp engine and a 6 volt electrical system. 

The loads of early Bus preservationists out there already know the approach this Bus is begging for to bring it to its full potential as a survivor.  Without a doubt this Bus will prove to be an easy and enjoyable revival project for a lucky new owner.  Thanks!


Please note that this Bus is currently located in Fairbanks, Alaska and it is being sold with a clear Alaskan Title and a Bill Of Sale.

Please visit my website at to see the full album of pics of this cool Highroof Panel Bus, more interesting Vintage VWs, Classic Cars, Holy Grail Garage Gear, and Parts for sale.
 Brendan Finn (858)366-2549

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