I’ve expressed my love for the Barkas B1000 before. But when Jonee visited me two months ago (sorry about the bitterballen, dude) he took an even more awesome one with him: this blue van instead of the pickup. “The way God had intended it”.

And as I shared it’s history a bit before there’s little news to tell. Well, I am amazed a bit. By the Barkas B1000 script on it’s side.

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As the blue one has it on both sides whereas the yellowish one only has it on the passenger side?

It could be just a factory failure or some East German thing: you buy just the cabin instead of an entire body, you only get half the script. Or is that too much of a capitalist’s thought?

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Yet, every single time I see one of these in my diecast cupboard, I want to look on mobile.de to check for availability. Must be so great hoonin’ that blue smoke belching Kommi awesomeness through our local streets.

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The only current decent one seems to be a Pritsche though, a pickup. 3.5K Euros. I don’t need another car. I don’t need another car. Well, an S-Cargo. Or a Piaggio Ape. This one is too big anyway.

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According to Small Scale Sydney there were a few Barkas in the 2015 movie Bridge of Spies so if you want to see it in action...

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I did even forget to check what brand it is but it came in one of those blisters so let’s just say it’s a Magazine Models.

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Sitting on top of those steering wheels must be amazing, did I ever experience that?

So thanks Herr Eisen for this amazing piece of German engineering. It is truly one of my favorites, for me it’s as epic as an Unimog or a Sinpar Castor 1200D. VIELEN DANK!

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Und das war es wieder! Ich wĂĽnche Ihn allen ein riesen Halloween und bis Freitag! TschĂĽss!