Known officially as the Volkswagen Type 2 and depending on body type, either as a Transporter, Kombi or Microbus, this VW was also known informally as the Bus in the US and Camper in the UK. Introduced in 1950 as Volkswagen’s second car model, it was derived from their first, the Beetle, which was designated the Type 1. This second-generation Type 2 lost its distinctive split front windscreen and was slightly larger and considerably heavier than its predecessor. Its common nickname is ‘Bay-window’ or Bay for short.
The new model also did away with the swing axle rear suspension and transfer boxes previously used to raise ride height. Instead, half-shafts were fitted with constant velocity joints. The updated Bus transaxle is usually sought after by off-road racers using air-cooled Volkswagen components. Brazil contained the last factory in the world that produced the T2. Production in Brazil ceased on 31st December 2013 due to the introduction of more stringent safety regulations, thus marking the end of an era with the rear-engine Volkswagens which first originated in 1935.
This beautiful Camper was first registered in 1975 as a high-top panel van with a sliding door, and we understand was first used by the German postal service, being Right Hand Drive so the postman could exit straight on to the pavement for deliveries.
More recently the van has enjoyed a full restoration and the fitting of a brand new interior by leading specialists. . The fitout was comprehensive and included heating, a cooker, refrigerator, a full bed built into the roof space, and rear seating.
Finished in a very 1970s combination of Yellow over White with a tan vinyl interior, showing a mere 51,000 miles recorded from new, and offered with a new MOT certificate, this is a fabulous example of an ever popular summer classic.