SOLD!1959 Postal Yellow Panel

1959 Double Door Panel Bus, Original Postal Yellow Paint, Cool Driver!

Here we have a super cool, very enjoyable, mechanically refreshed, early Double Door Panel Bus in relatively rare original factory Postal Yellow (SK 648) paint.

This Bus has a long list of features including over 90% original Postal Yellow paint, a recently rebuilt 1641cc dual port engine, freshly built big nut transaxle, 12 volt conversion, new Firestone 6.40-15 bias ply tires, bullet turn signals, round glass taillights, small rear window, fresh and proper interior panels including the cab divider, and a new original style front seat cover just to name a handful.  Overall this Bus is the perfect mixture of being nice enough to love and respect but not too nice so you can still relax and enjoy it as a regular driver.

The body is in "fair +" condition with over 90% of the original Postal Yellow paint still showing proudly.  There are lots of dents, dings, scrapes, and some peeled paint patches around as you'd expect to find on a now 52 year old driver.  There have been some localized rust repairs done including both outer rockers and a older patch on the passenger's dogleg.  Those areas as well as a few others have been match painted in a close lacquer.  Additionally the original slash cut bumpers have been resprayed in the proper Black and also received new uprights.  There are several thin and perforated spots down low in the normal places including the front floor, front wheel well closeout on one side, and some spots on the original belly pans as well.  The rear corner trays on both sides are nice and solid.  The extensive album of pics on my site at very clearly document the good and bad points of the body.

The interior is pretty clean and faithful to the original design.  The original paint dash is in pretty good condition with some paint loss and a couple very small added holes surrounding the headlight switch.  The correct 70mph clear needle speedometer and proper radio block off plate are both in place.  All of the grey pressed board panels are accurate reproductions including the pocketed door panels, kick panels, headliner panels, and even the Panel Bus specific cab divider with the original glass window, too.  Additionally the Bus has the correct original early front floor mat and the original front seat has a brand new and perfectly fitted Wolfsburg West grey seat cover that is correct for Commercial Buses of this generation. 

Mechanically the Bus has seen a great deal of servicing and upgrades throughout including a strong running and recently rebuilt 1641cc dual port engine, freshly built big nut transaxle with all new bearings including the reduction boxes and a 4.12 ring and pinion, rebuilt nose cone, and a custom fabricated nose cone mount that utilizes a GM saddle mount.  This special mount has kept the original torsion housing and nose cone mount from being modified.  Other mechanical details include a complete 1967 front beam with factory sway bar and a nice and tight steering box both out of a 60,000 original mile Bus.  The drag link is also brand new and the complete shift rod and linkage assembly was rebuilt and lubed as necessary.  The entire braking system was also rebuilt with new wheel cylinders, rubber lines, shoes, wheel bearings, beautiful and thick original German drums, etc.  The electrical system has been completely to 12 volt and features a spendy Optima battery, too.  The original wiring is in excellent shape and everything works!  The wheels are proper 15 inch slotted Bus wheels that have been powder coated in gloss black and have 4 fresh new Firestone 6.40-15 bias ply tires on them and a new 165 on the spare.  This Bus is an awesome driver, extensively serviced, and ready for action.  Thanks!


Please note that this cool Postal Yellow Panel Bus is located in Washington State and the rare original BeKoWa 8 leg industrial roof rack complete with original paint, all original leg clamps, and factory stickers still intact is NOT included.  The rack can be included with the Bus for $3,000 more but is not available for sale separately.

Please visit my website at to see the full album of 84 pics of this Bus, more interesting Vintage VW's, Classic Cars, and Parts for sale.

Brendan Finn (858)366-2549

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