Kieft & Klok Oldtimer + Leica SL 2.8 24-70mm
When dreams come true: Kieft & Klok
Whoever’s heart beats for the old VW cannot ignore a name. Kieft & Klok in Renkum near Arnhem in the Netherlands, these are two friends who got together before the year 2000 to set up a workshop for the historic vehicles from Wolfsburg.
Since then, Kieft and Klok have been traveling around the globe to discover the last beauties from Wolfsburg, Hanover, Stuttgart and Co and to make them accessible to us.
Today we are here and are allowed to take photos in the hallowed halls of Kieft & Klok.
In the middle of a residential area, in a small side street, is the small classic car dealership of Kieft & Klok. Modest and down-to-earth, like a classic car workshop in a backyard. A few old cars are waiting to be repaired or further recycled, one might think. But connoisseurs and dreamers are already raving about it.
We push our way through the large hall gate, past the lifting platform and come to the small shop with its counter, coffee machine, beautiful tin advertisements and various old parts.
Somehow back in time when you knew the master personally and the garage looked like a garage. A couple of model cars, a small T-shirt collection of their own. Kieft & Klok simply has a name. Yes, but much more than that. Kieft & Klok has soul. Can’t be described. You have to feel.
The coffee is finished and finally it goes into the hall. Such a mixture of workshop with small niches and warehouse. No, no illuminated showroom with leaky tiles, banners and video messages. The vehicles are standing close together. Each a dream. And to buy each one. On the walls, on the high window sills, under the ceiling old lanterns, surfboards, two-wheelers and on the gable of the front side this old outdoor advertising. VW Volkswagen.
No designer who designed the hall. But love and passion. No Volkswagen, no Porsche, needs to be staged here. Each is its own scene. And the personal, my own, arises before my inner eye.
They run through from front to back, the legendary Mikrobuses. To this day nothing of its fascination has been lost. On the contrary. But the selection is getting smaller and the search for such specimens more difficult. There are enough adverse businessmen on the Bulli trip. Smell the big money. And let dreams burst. Kieft & Klok only selects the pearls. The original, well preserved and well cared for. With which you can grow old without getting gray hair.
At Kieft & Klok you can feel like you’re in good hands. From own experience. They love what they do. And they love what they sell. And love is picky. Competence can hardly be deeper.
His own saddler bought a T1, painted it gray and left it in the rain and snow. Then the Bulli looked the way it should look. Like no other. Pictures and history and a suitable recipe can be found in the official VW Bulli cookbook. I showed my wife. Did she say: We’ll buy there. They know what they’re doing.
Yes, every Bulli is truly unique. To meet him again somewhere is just as much as playing the lottery.
I particularly like one car. When my visit to Kieft & Klok was confirmed, it was clear to me to take a closer look at this model. A real pearl, hard to come by and one of the most rustic convertibles: the VW 181. Also known as the Kübelwagen.
The Bundeswehr needed a courier vehicle. Due to the good traction properties, it should be built at VW on the basis of the Beetle. VW had just developed a beach buggy in the Australian plant and delivered the VW 82 as a Kübelwagen as early as World War II.
In 1969 the VW 181 was deliberately presented as a courier car. It was hardly bigger than its prototype Type 82. It had four half-doors and the air-cooled engine from the VW Beetle 1500 with 44HP / 32KW. After a slight modification, the gearbox came from the VW T1, which had just been replaced.
The hood was unlined, but made of weatherproof polyvinyl chloride. The plastic disks could be inserted if necessary. Fold the front window forward.
The rear seats could also be folded down to provide additional storage space. The trunk was in the front and had an auxiliary heater next to the spare wheel.
The Kübelwagen shown here was, like a total of 2148 copies, produced for civil use.
Fantastically beautiful, almost in new condition, it is here, still. My brother gave me just such a car as a toy model when I was a child. Somehow he hasn’t let go of me since then. But the price for this rarity leaves you dreaming. It’s a shame, actually.
Incidentally, VW did not want to have the name Kübelwagen due to the naming during the Second World War. But the soldiers simply called the courier vehicle Kübelwagen and so this name has been memorized like a VW bus is a Bulli.
Classics have their own story.
Porsches were once real classics too. From beginning to. You had to be able to drive it. Back then, they were not yet big and wide and did not have bulky tires. That is exactly what constitutes their shame, to which people of all age groups still succumb to this day. Just like here with the fantastic Porsche 956 Coupé.
A little bit of welding needs to be done on the ground. But the original paint is like a young used one. After all, the 356 was the first production Porsche ever. The series started in 1948 and was produced until 1965. Ferdinand Porsche once said about the motives for building a Porsche:
At first I looked around but couldn’t find the car I was dreaming of. So I decided to build it myself.
Kieft & Klok show the same passion in their selected vehicles and thus find buyers with a similar attitude towards life. Maybe that’s why you’re on a similar wavelength with the people here at Kieft & Klok.
In any case, this Porsche is suitable for every day. Far too good to be withheld from the public. The right way to contrast the uniformity of automotive design with charisma and beauty.
And should you one day want to part with your longed-for treasure, you know that it is in good hands with Kieft & Klok. There is no speculation with cars, there is trade. With all that is necessary and with all fairness.
And it doesn’t always have to be a Volkswagen or a Porsche or a Karman. Other brands also have their icons. And they’re just as good in these hands.