Available in Germany: 1964/5 Volkswagen Single-Cab with Porsche Formula V

Porsche Factory Formula Vee and VW Transporter

If there’s anything I’m terrible at hiding, it’s my love for Porsche, Formula V, and racing transporters. Rarely though, do I have an opportunity to wrap all of that volcanic enthusiasm in a single image. That changes today. Would you just look at that.


Porsche Factory Formula Vee

I’ve seen a Porsche-powered Formula V car before. On that occasion, it was evident how much faster the Formula V platform could be pushed with just that bump in power that even a period Porsche powerplant could provide. In that introduction to the concept I believe it was a 356 engine doing the heavy work (or was it 912?). When I first saw this example, I assumed it would also have the higher powered 356 engine back there. This one, however, is powered, like all vintage vees, by a 1200 cc Volkswagen type 1 engine. Why then, are we referring to this as a “Porsche Formula V”, when it’s not much different than any other Formcar? What is that Porsche sticker doing on the engine cover? Is this just someone’s wishful thinking?

Porsche Factory Formula Vee and VW Transporter

No. This one was built by Porsche in Werk 1 and campaigned by Hans Herrmann, Gerhard Mitter and Ben Pon with support from the Porsche factory during their period promoting Formula Vee as a new feeder series. It may have a Formcar frame and a VW engine, but in a very real sense this is an authentic team Porsche open-wheel racing car. There’s mighty few cars that can fit that description. Even with the included (914 powered) custom—and amazing—transporter, this one is sure to be oceans cheaper than any other car that can fit that description. Except perhaps the single other surviving Porsche factory Formcar.

Can you imagine pulling into the paddock at the wheel of this red beauty with that seemingly ordinary Formcar perched so delicately on her haunches? Can you imagine pulling into the false grid at the wheel of a car once piloted by Hermann? Can you imagine doing it in one of the best vintage racing series? Whew.

More information on Jan Luehn’s detail page.

30 responses to “Available in Germany: 1964/5 Volkswagen Single-Cab with Porsche Formula V”

  1. Pilote says:

    LOOKS “factory” (plain white, no graphics). Nice Dunlop R-7’s, too.

    Was never much for FV’s myself, but last weekend saw a “Formula First,” which I understand is a “Super-Duper V:” twin carbs on engine with modified internals, fan allowed, fatter wheels and tires, probably other upgrades too (like gearbox ratios). Very tailored and streamlined bodywork, like a later Formula Ford. Nice car and VERY fast for a VDub-based car.

  2. Fred says:

    My experience with a VW bus hauling a upright piano says if you want to get to the races on time, leave early.

  3. Mitchell says:

    I have finally found it me and my boss restored this pick up and formula v in Southend on Sea Essex UK and it was the best project I have done it then got sold in Belgium and I have been trying to find the pictures since. What a project this was, a lot of fun

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