It was in May 1962. A Viennese Volkswagen mechanic who is passionate about alpine skiing, Kurt Krezner, marketed an idea of a car. He wanted a car that everyone can easily drive, and the car should drive up a mountain smoothly. VW stated that Mr. Kretzner worked on the car he desired for four years. At last, he managed to build the Volkswagen T1 Bulli model.
This model’s name is Half-Track Fox. Kurt Kretzner literally turned an ordinary “fun bus” into a quad-axle spider. He added two axles powering a chain-driven track system, homebuilt, with 13-inch wheels. VX T1 Bulli’s front axles are also 2 pieces and 14-in off-road tires are for handle steering. The rear tracks help increase the flotation and improve traction over off-road surfaces and snow. In addition, a limited-slip differential contributed to ensuring that the vehicle is pushed in the desired direction.
34-hp (25-kW) 1.2-liter VW engine delivered the drive power of the VW T1 Bulli. Moreover, each wheel has brakes installed. The maximum speed of the Volkswagen T1 Bulli is around 22 mph which equals 35 km/h. When we compare this model with Red Fox (30 mph), T1 is slower. So, we can say that the car borrowed its name from Red Fox.
A Passionate Team
So, it is time to come back to the present time. Reporters asked Volkswagen about the “most off-road-capable VW Type 2”. The answer was quite unexpected because reporters thought of the Terracamper Terock model. Instead, Volkswagen replied to this question as Half-Track Fox.
Volkswagen’s intel indicated that the vehicle could not be seen much for the next twenty years before the Porsche Museum of Gmünd, Austria bought it in the early 90s. After a couple of re-sales, Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles took ownership of the Half-Track Fox in 2018. The intention was full restoration which also succeeded. So, we can say that the VWCV team showed their loyalty to the vehicle and they set it free in the snow.