CVV's Daily Dose of Dub - TRUCK WEEK

Today's truck is the VW LT

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The LT bears the distinction of being the largest light-commercial vehicle that VW had produced from 1975 to 2006. The Crafter would follow the LT's act for 2007, but the LT is a bit of a beast even by today's standards.

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The LT was introduced to address some of the shortcomings of the T2 platform as far as commercial use was concerned. The T2 was limited to lighter load capacities, but in many markets the load sizes were increasing, and the rear-engine layout of the T2 was also not especially beneficial in this regard. So VW created the LT, which features the much-loved by Jalops COE RWD layout. They were also available in two wheelbases, two roof options, and as a panel van, chassis cab and other bodystyles. There were a diverse range of gas and diesel engines available, the first being a version of the Audi 100's 2.0L 4, which made 74 hp. There was also a 2.7L Perkins diesel, which in 1978 gave way to a six-cylinder variant of the Golf's diesel 4. That car's 1.6L oil burner became the D24 2.4L six, which some may recognize from a wide variety of Volvos. The 2nd Gen version was built in cooperation with Mercedes-Benz and is less interesting to me, but they're still ok I guess. Anyway, the LT made for a decent commercial vehicle, and were set up for all kinds of things from double-cab fire trucks to whatever else you could need.

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My favorite aspect of the LT, though, was the VW-endorsed Westfalia and other camper conversions. Especially in the facelifted 1st Gen models where the square headlights are added and the selectable 4WD system came into play. These end up looking like a T3 Camper that would walk over and slap you in the mouth for looking at it funny. They were wide enough inside to accept transverse bed arrangements, so the interior could be set up in a variety of different ways. I think the campers look especially good in the more drab colors. Helps when you have knobbies on, too

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Oh and here's a Rally Tunisia prepped version

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Enterprising Americans can even try to locate one stateside, as there were Peterbuilt/Kenworth versions called the Midranger. You'd have a bit of conversion work to do, but think of the possibilities!

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And the 1st Gen ran through 1991, so must of those could be imported if you were so inclined. That would even include 3 of the facelifted years, as that happened in '86. I've seen a few 1st Gens with US plates in my internet travels so I know it's been done.

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