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I discovered something interesting over the past week or so, it started with finding a manual for something called a "Porsche B32" on an eBay auction. On the auction pictures, a Vanagon was shown in the manual. With a bit of research, with information hard to find, I present you with a Porsche-badged, Porsche-factory-built and registered Vanagon, one of 10 or so ever built.
From the myths about the B32, I've heard that the first was a support vehicle circa 1984 when Porsche was racing the 959 in the Paris to Dakar race. When it came back to Zuffenhausen, Dr. Porsche borrowed it to haul the kids to school. It was at that point that they decided to produce a more refined version that Mrs. Porsche could drive. Official numbers are rumored to be 11 produced.
While there are countless aftermarket engine, transmission, and brake upgrades for the Volkswagen Vanagon, what could be better than a factory conversion... from Porsche? The Porsche-branded B32 van you see above occurred back in the mid-1980's, when the automaker from Stuttgart was racing its awesome Group B 959 in the Paris to Dakar Rally and the factory found itself in need of a support vehicle. Using a Volkswagen Type 2 Transporter (Vanagon) as a platform, the van was modified to accommodate the 3.2-liter flat-6 engine from the Porsche 911 Carrera. The air-cooled powerplant was good for 230 hp and a top speed in excess of 130 mph. It obviously offered significantly more motivation than the largest VW factory engine at the time, a water-cooled inline-5, though testing its limits was likely akin to expressing a death wish. Porsche built up to eleven examples of the "B32" complete with upgraded suspension, brakes, and leather interiors. Thanks for the awesome tip, Mike!