I remember the brochures that pictured the widish (about 1") whitewalls available as an option, not quite like that, but still looks good.
That is a rather strange law. I suppose they presume anything that old is either rusted to bits or is poorly maintained? And yes, a rather dumb one.
The protruding side-markers at the front are interesting. Is that a Finnish regulation, or was that how the part was molded?
Nicely done either way.
I think there´s not one sensible reason for that law.
Vans that has been taken to street use 1980 or earlier, or weight more than 1,875 kg are restricted to 80 km/h speed limit.
If van weights less than 1,875 kg or has been taken to street use 1981 or later it is restricted to 100 km/h speed limit.
There are also several regulations for minimum dimensions of cargo area, all quite complicated..
Those protruding side markers are in fact turn signals. American style side marker lights were not allowed in our country, or at least red marker lights had to be changed to amber ones. Common practice is to remowe light bulbs from marker lights. Fender - assembled turn signals are a must.
I took those turn signals from VW kit to represent cheap aftermerket ones that owner had to install in order to get this vans registered here in Finland.
Also, american style sealed beam- headlights are not legal here because they show too much light upwards. So headlights must be replaced to european ones.