Volkswagen never produced a half-track version of the T1 itself. In 1962 this T1 started its life as a regular version. The car ended up in Austria and ended up in the hands of Volkswagen mechanic Kurt Kretzner. Kretzner, according to tradition a gifted skier, found it striking that there were few vans in the mountains that you could use on rougher terrain. "I was looking for that, but couldn’t find the car of my dreams. So I decided to build it myself"Kretzner said in the halftrack sales brochure. Indeed, a sales brochure, because Kretzner intended to actually produce his creation. It took him four years to build the mountaineer. The T1 had four axles, two of which could steer. Above the four axles is a kind of footboard, because the wheels and tracks are wider than the T1 itself. For more grip, there are dual 14-inch tires on all four wheels at the front. There is a caterpillar track around the rear two driven axles. Kretzner did nothing about the T1’s power. The 1.2-liter four-cylinder boxer engine with 34 hp had to push the Half-track Fox up the mountains. You may already feel it coming: that didn’t go very smoothly. The top speed of the Half-track Fox is 35 km/h. Just a little slower than a real fox can run. The Half-track Fox in its element. So why not caterpillar tracks on all four wheels? That would have made it a lot more complicated to drive the T1. Thanks to the four steering front wheels, the turning circle is less than ten meters, making the halftrack quite manoeuvrable. All in all, it’s an interesting concept, but unfortunately for Kretzner, it never got off the ground. In the period up to 1968 he built two copies. On the third, he stopped production. Why is not entirely clear, but it is obvious that the public had little interest in such a T1 and that, as it was a manual work, it was quite an expensive affair to build a Half-track Fox. As far as we know, this copy is the only half-track Fox still in existence. After being mostly under the radar for a few decades, it came into the hands of the Porsche Museum in Gmünd in the 1990s. After that, the van came into the hands of ‘Bullikartei eV’, a club of T1 enthusiasts. They tried to restore the halftrack in 2005, but that project failed due to logistical reasons. In 2018, the special T1 came into the hands of VWCV Classic Vehicles and a restoration project was immediately started. The Half-track Fox in the photos is the result of that. The interior was also tackled, especially the large amount of wood. A special project around a unique and rather bizarre car!
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