The first generation of Volkswagen buses were built from 1949 to 1967 and are known as split-window buses or ‘splitties’. The splitties sported a split windscreen along with a sweeping v-line front and a large VW emblem. These buses were 170 cubic feet (about 4.8 cubic meters) in volume and were considered spacious. Splitties came in many guises; barn door, panel, kombi, standard, deluxe, ambulance, single and double cab, walk-through, double door, semaphore and safari are just a few. The Microbus was introduced in 1950. This had nicer upholstery, two-tone paint, engine adjustments and the shape of front bumper changed. The big cast aluminium ‘VW’ logo appeared on the front and back. During 1963 the engine size increased to 1500cc and also the sliding side door became available as an option. In 1967 the electrical system changed to 12 volts before the new type (bay window) was introduced.
The VW T1 on offer today was sold new in Italy in 1966 and van was purchased by the current owner in 2005 and was the subject of a long and meticulous restoration of its bodywork. Finished in a stunning colour combination and fitted with its original 1500 engine, we are informed it is in good condition and will be a simple process to register as EU taxes are paid.