Obviously the VW Transporter was very commonly used as an ambulance in Germany, Austria and other European countries. We lived right across the street from the hospital in Innsbruck—which was very convenient for my father—and I have vivid memories of VW ambulances with their blue lights flashing and distinctive horns. But I did not know that VW offered the ambulance in the US. This brochure is in American English, and there’s a sticker for the dealer located in Stockton, CA on the last page.
Undoubtedly it was significantly cheaper than the coach-built American ambulances, had as much or more room, and was significantly more economical too. But perhaps not quite as fast.