The brick. An often overlooked commercial vehicle that is becoming more and more of a gem in the VW range. We’ve seen too many classic split screen revivals, too many rat-look bays, too many pointy noised T4’s, and too many hot rodded T5’s, but the LT – and particularly the LT Mk 1 – was a square box onto which very few professional converters fitted their wares, leaving instead a world full of self-builds, and in tow a world full of stories to tell.

This site tells a few of those stories and hopes to serve as a memory of these fantastic vehicles (the Mk 1’s have now not been in production for 20 years). There’s some blurb on the van’s themselves (some nicked from Wikipedia, some nicked from Brick Yard), a brief history and summary of the main conversions – the Sven Hedin and Westfalia Florida, some stuff on the mighty 4 x 4 LT, a blog, event details and more.

Please feel free to contribute. Drop me a line if you’ve written something that you’d like published. Maybe you’ll be inspired by some of my build stories or journal entries and write your own. I’m always up for posting more LT photos, and you can sign up to follow me on Pinterest top right.

This website is brought to you in conjunction with VOLT the VW LT Owners Facebook group.

VW LT Karmann Distancewide Autovilla

VW LT Karmann Distancewide Autovilla

VW LT 4x4 with custom Florida high top

VW LT 4×4 with custom Florida high top. Source: http://www.lt-freunde.de/forum/viewtopic.php?f=95&t=14497

VW LT Kemperink XLWB

VW LT Kemperink XLWB

cut-through

engine let-range

20 Comments

  1. I’ve been driving and making my living from VW vans for years and have been telling the bay and T3 brigade that LTs will be the next big thing for the past 5 or 6 years! They didn’t listen but I’m not one to say “I told you so!”
    BUT I TOLD YOU SO!!!!!

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    • Having had what I presume was the first ever LT field at a large VW event this summer it does finally feel like the worm is turning Ian!

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      • Brickwerks invited LT owners to join them at Campervan 2010 and a display of about a 12 or so vans took place as part of the official proceedings. Some photos appeared in Camper & Commercial magazine later that summer. As far as I’m aware, this is the first LT related event In the UK. Does anybody know of others predating 2010? Cheers from Ireland, Bryan

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  2. You are right Ian!
    Howmanyleft.com says that 2014 has seen approximately a 10% increase of registered LT Mk1’s in the UK, after a steady 10+ year decline.
    How exciting!

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  3. There’s an LT in the picture that I converted back in 2002 and sold in 2005 or 6, it’s G704 PDV, I’d love to trace the owner and buy it back! Can you help?

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  4. Hi there – I have an 1985 LT25. Beautifully converted by a boat builder. Just failed MOT on 3 minor things, one being not enough pressure behind water to windscreen wipers. Firstly, where does the water go? 2ndly, how do I get to the squirters?
    Thanks in anticipation, Susie

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  5. Having been looking for a couple of years, I think I’ve finally found one. Just wondering how I find the Model & conversion company? Its an LT35 with 2000LT on the body. Thanks

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  6. Yeah…not on facebook. Got it home now so will have a look around the chassis. Already been told the header tanks & gear gaiters are not available, any suppliers about?

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  7. Hi. I have just bought my 4th LT camper. It appears to be a professional conversion with a shower cubicle just behind the cab area. Do you have a list of which companies offered LT camper conversions?

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  8. I am a nigerian but need volkswagen bus lt bus for my small growing business in Nigeria. A very low cost bus that could still sustain my business for sometime. _ MJ Bright ( Lagos)

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  9. Hi Tim, being a fan of the LT since my early twenties, after being given the ‘brick’, a mk1 LT28D as a new delivery driver. They put all new drivers in the ‘brick’ until they became competent, where they then were assigned iveco dailys. As I became competent, I refused the new vans and stayed with the ‘brick’ for two years before some temporary idiot took her out and totalled her. Saddest day of my career, drivind ivecos, AND lost my favourite truck. The seed(obsession) grew, and I have just bought an excellent LT35D panel van, which I intend to restore and take to meets. I am joining yr group today, after 40 yrs yearning and four very different LT ownerships…more soon…

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  10. Hi
    Am thinking of buying a 1984 petrol LT28, but several people have put me off by saying it’s impossible to find parts. Should I listen to them or not?
    Cheers
    Paul

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    • Generally most parts are still available – if not new then certainly 2nd hand as there are always series 1 LT’s being broken. Join the VOLT group on Facebook – plenty of reassurance there. Have fun

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