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Volkswagen LT I [Typ 28]

Volkswagen LT I [Typ 28] in Saving Grace, Movie, 2000 IMDB

Class: Cars, Chassis Cab — Model origin: DE

Volkswagen LT I [Typ 28]

[*] Background vehicle

Comments about this vehicle


ingo DE

2011-12-22 20:07


British bodywork in "Luton"-style.

Sunbar UK

2011-12-22 20:21


A 'Luton body' is a style of commercial vehicle body incorporating an enclosed box body extended over the cab. It originated from the town of Luton Bedfordshire, where the hat trade, which was the primary source of employment in the 19th century, continued to be a significant source of employment following the increases in the manufacture of vehicles in the town. In the 1920s to deal with the bulky straw hats, vans working from that town were built with an extension over the driver's cab to give maximum space. This was a new idea and such vehicles were immediately dubbed Luton vans. Bulky but light loads of hats needed to be transported to London about 30 miles away. The maximum height of the vans had already been achieved so Motor Bodies, Luton Limited had the idea of extending the load area over the driver's cab so the capacity could be increased by about 90 cu.ft. with the additional length initially supported by two straps fixed at the bottom to either side of the radiator. From the history of Motor Bodies Ltd. Luton.

Was this style of body really so unusual that other countries failed to develop similar van bodies in the early years of commercial vehicle production?

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