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 Post subject: Home-bodied VW from Poland
PostPosted: Thu Feb 04, 2010 6:05 pm 
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Former east european countries had a tradition of home-built cars - especially Soviet Union and Poland ; some of them were rebodied military VWs from the World War. Here is the Phoenix, made in the 60s by a polish enginneer who found a Kubelwagen and rebodied it.

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 Post subject: Re: Home-bodied VW from Poland
PostPosted: Thu Feb 04, 2010 6:06 pm 
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Very nicely done, I should say!

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 Post subject: Re: Home-bodied VW from Poland
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This, and some other private projects, made me think...
Shall we create a special section for these kind of high quality home-bodied cars?

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 Post subject: Re: Home-bodied VW from Poland
PostPosted: Thu Feb 04, 2010 6:10 pm 
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Michiel Mobiel wrote:
This, and some other private projects, made me think...
Shall we create a special section for these kind of high quality home-bodied cars?

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 Post subject: Re: Home-bodied VW from Poland
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This car was made by Bogumił Szuba, who worked as a constructor of gliders in Instytut Szybowcowych Zakladów Doświadczalnych (Experimental Glider Workshops’ Institute) in Bielsko-Biała, where he gained vast knowledge of plastics, polymers and resins. He spent 26 years building it on the basis of a 1941 VW Kübelwagen, which he acquired in 1958.

The steel floor and front suspension were taken directly from the VW, the rear suspension is completely new. The engine is also from the 1941 VW, a 1.1-litre 25 kW boxer unit. As in the original car, it’s rear-engined and rear-driven, with a 4-speed gearbox. Other parts of the car were taken from cars that were popular in Poland in those times: Trabant, VW Beetle, Skoda Octavia, Syrena, Warszawa and Żuk. It was difficult to obtain car parts in Poland back then, but fortunately Mr. Szuba was a leading designer in his institute and enjoyed many official trips to neighbouring countries, where he bought the necessary parts.

The body is made completely by Mr. Szuba, starting with a self-made steel body frame. On that frame panels from polyester resin and polyurethane fibre were mounted. Front and rear windscreens were made of Plexiglas. All of that resulted in a very low weight of the car. The chequered upholstery inside was hand-made by Mrs. Szuba.

The constructor had contacted the factory in Wolfsburg with plans for his car and remained in contact during the whole construction process. As a result, this car is officialy certified as a Volkswagen (although it’s registered as a SAM – meaning “Self-Made”).
Unfortunately, Mr. Szuba died in 1984, when the car was almost finished. The next owner, Józef Roseger, a friend of the family, put the finishing touches and registered the Phoenix (Feniks) as SAM VW.

Other constructors from Instytut Szybowcowych Zakładów Doświadczalnych made two further cars in a similar way, one based on a 1938 DKW with SAAB engine and transmission, another one on an unknown base. The VW and the DKW-SAAB are currently owned by the same person and have recently been restored.


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