The first generation of the Volkswagen Type 2 with the split windshield, informally called the Microbus, Splitscreen, or Splittie among modern fans, was produced from 8th March 1950 through the end of the 1967 model year. The early versions of the T1 until 1955 were often called the “Barndoor” (retrospectively called T1a since the 1990s), owing to the enormous rear engine cover, while the later versions with a slightly modified body (the roofline above the windshield is extended), smaller engine bay, and 15” road wheels instead of the original 16” ones are nowadays called the T1b (again, only called this since the 1990s, based on VW’s retrospective T1,2,3,4 etc. naming system.). From the 1964 model year, when the rear door was made wider (same as on the bay-window or T2), the vehicle could be referred to as the T1c. 1964 also saw the introduction of an optional sliding door for the passenger/cargo area instead of the outwardly hinged doors typical of cargo vans.
This stunning matching numbers example started life as a German army minibus, earning a living by moving troops across land between army bases. As such, when our vendor (a renowned Camper specialist with a varied collection of air-cooled Volkswagens) acquired the van it was still wearing its army olive drab green paint.
The van enjoyed a highly detailed, ground up restoration to the fabulous condition you see today, involving many new panels, and supported by a photographic record. The camper benefitted from a full conversion by market-leading specialist Danbury Motorcaravans, which involved amongst other items the fitting of a working sink with pumped water supply, 12v compressor fridge, 2 burner gas hob, gas grill and oven. The roof lining and door panels were reproduced in high quality light stained wood, with the roof lining shaped to fit the contours of the van. The camper still runs its original 1200cc air cooled engine and reduction gearbox, and has been finished in a delightful dark grey and cream two tone paint finish, with cream wheels and period-correct whitewall tyres.
Christened “Herman”, this is a delightful camper which offers bags of period charm with genuine modern comfort and reliability.