For today Good price or no dice Contest I bring you a VW Hormiga or “Ant”. You’ve probably never heard of it before, but now that you’ve heard of it, let’s see what you could expect to pay for it.
One of the most famous lines of the 1978s animal house is Dean Wormer chiding Delta House member Kent Dorfman that ‘fat, drunk and dumb is no way to get through life, son.”
Bold, slow and baroque, that’s how the story of yesterday could be described in the same way. 1979 Chrysler Cordobawhich is another icon of the 70s. At just $6,350, enough of you felt that the big coupe might actually be a reasonable way to live and thus awarded the car a solid 65% win in the Nice price..
According to legend, if you craft 1000 origami cranes, you will be rewarded by the gods who will grant you a wish. If that wish happens to be something as easy as discovering a Volkswagen product you didn’t know existed, so maybe i could save you all the paper cuts and carpal tunnel.
Today 1977 Volkswagen Hormiga Truck is undoubtedly one of the rarest of this The products of the German automaker ever. Asd, with its severely boxy design, which was intended to simplify the construction, he has the appearance of some sort of origami creation.
Officially the EA489 Basistransporter (Base Transporter), debuted in the middle’70 such as Volkswagen’s entry into the then booming transport market of developing countries. Similar efforts were underwaytaken at the time by Ford, in the form of the boxy Fiera for Latin American and Southeast Asian markets, and General Motors which sold the similar model Harabas van. A handful of other competitors have also entered this low-stakes game.
One important thing to note is that none of these basic transport vehicles were ever sold in the United States. NOTor could they have been since they did not meet our emissions management requirements in any way Where Security Protection.
The Hormiga was built and initially intended for the Mexican market. As such, aapproximately 3,600 of these small trucks were produced at VW’s Puebla, Mexico plant between 1975 and 1979. At the time of the model’s introduction, the Puebla plant was producing Beetles and Beetle-adjacent models for the Latin American market for nearly a decade. Today it is the largest VW production site outside of Germany.
What really makes the Hormiga interesting, aside from that unique story, is its layout. The truck takes the Beetle transmission with its air-cooled flat-four engine and associated four-speed transaxle, and mounts it up front, driving the front wheels. I know, amazing, right?
This mill is a 1600cc edition which was good for a rated 44 horsepower which with torsion bar front suspension and hanging trolley at the back, gives the Hormiga a load capacity of one ton. Now, to be fair, that also only gives him about 50 miles-by-maximum hourly speed. This may sound like a joke, but remember there weren’t that many freeways in those emerging markets at the time.
This interesting layout and even more interesting history make this Hormiga a real rarity here in the United States. It also appears to be in incredibly clean and usable condition. According to the announcement, he has been in the same family for 19 years and currently has a clean title in Arizona. The truck is offered on Los Angeles Craigslist, but it’s probably not legal in California, because to get a free jail pass for state emissions requirements, it would have to be is a 1976 or older model.
There are 118,000 miles on the odometer but these don’t really show in the rust-free bodywork (what’s left of it) or the simple interior fittings. This cabin offers three-up seating, a super-straight steering column, and a big shifter that looks like something out of a sprawling porn movie. I’m not sure exactly how engine maintenance is handled since the boxer is buried under the cabin, but that must have been thought of by Volkswagen. The company is pretty good at this stuff, even for cheap seats.
These kinds of extremely basic transport vehicles never really took off in large numbers. Most people in booming markets seemed perfectly happy to go with old Mercedes and Peugeot cars or Toyota pickup trucks for their travel needs. Some of the models, like Ford’s Fiera, ended up making taxis in places like the Philippines, but the Hormiga didn’t have as much popularity.
Guess we’ll just have to see if times have changed, because now is the time to consider this Hormiga’s $19,900 asking price. Yes, that’s a lot of beans for such a basic ride, but let’s be honest, that’s about as cool of a VW as you’re likely to find, and seriously, where are you even going to find another one in the US?
What do you think, is this Hormiga worth the asking $19,900? Or is it making a mountain out of an anthill?
Los Angeles, California, craigslistwhere to go here if the ad disappears.
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