Missing for 20 years: Volkswagen brings back the caterpillar fox!

The caterpillar fox is unique, it has long been forgotten. Now he is driving again. An unusual car story.

Hanover – For 20 years, Polly’s unusual transformation has been as sleepy as sleep. The tracked car has had an eventful history. But now Volkswagen engineers have proudly announced: the return of the caterpillar fox!

Fox grub is undoubtedly an amazing method. © Facebook / Volkswagen

The caterpillar fox has long been considered a legend, because only two specimens were built. That was more than 60 years ago. But now the group from Wolfsburg is involved in Facebook Although at least one caterpillar fox has risen again.

The car has an eventful history behind it. Built in 1962 as a completely ordinary T1 “Poly”, the car went to Austria.

There the talented engineer and inventor Kurt Kretzner had a vision. Because the avid skier has noticed that there is a stark lack of off-road vehicles for the high mountains.

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So he decided to change something. Kretzner later said, “At first I looked around but didn’t find the car I was dreaming of. So I decided to build it myself.”

Kretzner thought, fixed, experimented for four years, and then the caterpillar fox was gone. The villainous Bulli – 34 hp, 85 km/h top speed, off-road mobility: Controllable – now has four axles – two of which are chain-driven and a dual axle steerable at the front.

The caterpillar fox is a T1 that can withstand wind and weather. Bole from which you can travel in the high mountains.

After 20 years of sleeping, T1 looked like this.  The restoration took four years.

After 20 years of sleeping, T1 looked like this. The restoration took four years. © Facebook / Volkswagen

Unfortunately, Kretzner was not able to carry out serial production. After two copies it’s over. Then the caterpillar fox disappeared into oblivion. It was last seen walkable in 1985. The other copy is considered missing.

In 2005, the unusual bus finally made its way to Bullikartei, the T1 fans’ association, via detours. It was planned to recover the caterpillar fox and make it walkable again. But the plan did not work.

Association members finally approached Volkswagen’s Oldtimer Commercial Vehicles in 2018, and the group agreed. Volkswagen engineers worked on and restored the unique car for four years.

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Now the fox caterpillar is back. It is fully functional and has “extraordinarily good climbing ability,” says Volkswagen.

It will finally be presented to the public on Saturday.

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