Vernimmen Francois
Filed under:  Companies
Comment(s): 0

VF: The Walloon Beach buggy with Skoda mechanic.

vf logo 1.gif

VF logo.

In the early seventies many artisan European car constructors went into the production of these small open cars with a light fiberglass body, based on a new or reconditioned, sometimes reinforced or shortened chassis of the eternal Volkswagen Beetle.

But not everyone did it this way. VF did not want to build its buggy on basis of a reused chassis which already might have been exposed to deicing salts and on which consequently no complete guarantee could be given. For this reason VF manufactured its buggy's own reinforced chassis in its own workshops.

Francois Vernimmen from Namen, the driving force behind VF did not only produce his own reinforced chassis, but in contrast to the most of the other Buggies from that time, which were only deliverable as a kit, he only delivered ready to drive vehicles.

The silhouette of the VF's comes very close to that of the well-known Apal buggy, but the difference in mechanic is striking and surprising.

VF used the mechanic of the famous Czech manufacturer Skoda for its buggies.

Vernimmen's choice for Skoda had been mainly motivated by the aim of keeping the price tag low. Skoda components were significantly cheaper then the pieces of its Western competitors.

The VF catalogue from that time thus clearly mentioned the Belgian-Czechoslovakian cooperation.

-- VF released several versions of its buggy:
The VF 1 Luxury, the VF 4 Grand Luxury and the VF 5 Super were all powered by the small but brave Skoda 988cc engine which developed 42 DIN HP. The VF 6 had a 1107cc engine with 48 DIN HP and finally there was also the VF 7, provided with the same 1107cc engine, which, this time provided with one double carburetor, delivered 52 DIN HP.

(source: Low Budget Club)

VF brochures   
Advertise on Cartype
Instagram Vimeo Youtube Twitter Facebook
THE "1900's" BOOK.
Each decade seems to have its own stylistic language, and this issue showcases logos, ads, cars, companies and products (and their typographical sensibilities) from the early 1900s.

Jrop Roadside
Car Shipping Companies
Auto Transport Quotes
Vehicle Transportation


Much of the material on this website is copyrighted. Original articles appearing herein are subject to copyright. Please don't copy stuff from the site without asking; it may belong to someone! Any trademarks appearing on this site are the sole property of the registered owners. No endorsement by trademark owners is to be construed. The products, brand names, characters, related slogans and indicia are or may by claimed as trademarks of their respective owners. Every effort has been made whenever possible to credit the sources. The use of such material falls under the Fair Use provisions of intellectual property laws.