2011 san diego international auto show the volkswagen bus provided by the san diego air cooled syndicate and strictly vintage 2's. these bus were very cool with all the trick stuff. The Volkswagen Type 2, officially known as the Transporter or informally as Bus, was a panel van introduced in 1950 by German automaker Volkswagen as its second car model — following and initially deriving from Volkswagen's first model, the Type 1 (Beetle). As one of the forerunners of the modern cargo and passenger van, The Type 2 gave rise to competitors in the United States and Europe, including the Ford Econoline, Dodge A100, and the Corvair 95 Corvan, the latter adopting the Type 2's rear-engine configuration. As of January 2010[update], updated versions of the Type 2 remain in production international markets — as a passenger van, cargo van, and as a pickup truck. Like the Beetle, the van has received numerous nicknames worldwide, includiing the "microbus", "minibus", "kombi" and, due to its popularity during the counterculture movement of the 1960s, "hippie van". The concept for the Type 2 is credited to Dutch Volkswagen importer Ben Pon. (It has similarities in concept to the 1920s Rumpler Tropfenwagen and 1930s Dymaxion car by Buckminster Fuller, neither of which reached production.) Pon visited Wolfsburg in 1946, intending to purchase Type 1s for import to Holland, where he saw an improvised parts-mover and realized something better was possible, using the stock Type 1 pan. He returned to the factory close the deal, and in a doodle dated 23 April 1947 drew the first sketches of the van. He posited a payload of 690 kg (1,500 lb), with the driver at the very front. Production would have to wait, however, as the factory was having difficulties even maintaining Type 1 output. When this abruptly changed, it took a short three months to produce a prototype, which was known internally as the Type 29. It was soon realized the stock Type 1 pan was too weak, and a ladder chassis with unit body construction was produced, instead; by coincidence, the wheelbase was the same as the Type 1's. Engineers reused the reduction gear originated on the Type 81, enabling the 1.5 ton van to use a 25 hp (19 kW) flat four. Although the aerodynamics of the first prototypes were poor (the original drag coefficient was 0.75), optimisation took place at the wind tunnel of the Technical University of Braunschweig. It was learned simple changes, such as adding a "vee" to the windshield and roofline, made a big difference. The production Type 2 was aerodynamically superior to the Type 1, with a Cd of 0.44, compared to 0.48. Volkswagen's new chief executive officer Heinz Nordhoff (appointed 1 January 1948) approved the van for production 19 May 1949, and the first production model rolled off the assembly line to debut 12 November, now designated Type 2. Only two models were offered, the Kombi (with middle and rear seats that were easily removable by one person, and two side windows) and the Commercial; the Microbus was added in May 1950, joined by the Deluxe Microbus in June 1951. In all, 9,541 Type 2s were produced in the first year. An ambulance model was added in December 1951, which repositioned the fuel tank in front of the transaxle and the spare tire behind the front seat, while adding a "tailgate"-style rear door. These features became standard on the Type 2 from 1955 to 1967. 11,805 Type 2s were built in the 1951 model year. These were joined by a single-cab pickup in August 1952, and it changed the least of the Type 2s until all were heavily modified in 1968. Unlike other rear engine Volkswagens, which evolved constantly over time but never saw the introduction of all-new models, the Transporter not only evolved, but was completely revised periodically with variations referred to as versions "T1" to "T5," although only generations T1 to T3 (or T25 as it is called in Ireland and Great Britain) can be seen as directly related to the Beetle (see below for details). The Type 2, along with the 1947 Citroën H Van, among the first 'forward control' vans in which the driver was placed above the front roadwheels. It started a trend in Europe, where the 1952 GM Bedford CA, 1960 BMC Morris J4, and 1960 Commer FC copied the concept. In the United States, the Corvair-based Chevrolet Corvan cargo van and Greenbrier passenger van went so far as to copy the Type 2's rear-engine layout, using the Corvair's horizontally-opposed, air-cooled engine for power. Except for the Greenbrier and various 1950s-70s Fiat minivans, the Type 2 remained unique in being rear-engined. This was a disadvantage for the early "barndoor" Panel Vans, which couldn't easily be loaded from the rear due to the engine cover intruding on interior space, but generally advantageous in traction and interior noise
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1976 VOLKSWAGEN CAMPER - ROUGHING IT?
HERE IS A VERY RARE ORIGINAL LOW MILEAGE ICON FROM THE PAST. IT HAPPENS TO
BE A SECOND OWNER VOLKSWAGEN BUS CAMPER. THIS VEHICLE IS EXTRAORDINARY.
FIRST BECAUSE YOU DON'T SEE MANY VW BUS AROUND, SECONDLY BECAUSE ITS IN
PRISTINE CONDITION, THIRD, BECAUSE ITS A RARE CAMPER EDITION, AND FOURTH
BECAUSE ITS AN ORIGINAL SURVIVOR. FEATURES INCLUDE SWIVEL FRONT SEATS,
LUGGAGE RACK OVER THE CAB, A FUNCTIONING GAS STOVE, REFRIGERATOR, KITCHEN
TABLE, STORAGE, POP-UP CAMPER TOP THAT SLEEPS TWO, A FOLD OUT FUTON THAT
SLEEPS ANOTHER TWO, A CHILD'S HAMMOCK, AND A ROLL-OUT AWNING, IDEAL FOR
SITTING OUTSIDE IN THE SHADE. THERE ARE TWO BATTERIES SHOWN IN BACK. ONE
IS FOR THE VEHICLE ITSELF, AND THE OTHER FOR ALL CAMPER ACCESSORIES. THIS
VW BUS IS ALL ORIGINAL, BOUGHT NEW IN '76, SAT IN STORAGE FOR 14 YEARS
UNTIL BOUGHT FROM THE ORIGINAL FAMILY. THE ORIGINAL SPARE TIRE AND COVER
IS STILL MOUNTED IN FRONT. THANKS VERY MUCH FOR VIEWING THIS ORIGINAL
VW Split Screen Camper Van
Volkswagen 1952 Panel Van with Westfalia Camping Box interior and 1967 T2
Split Screen Westfalia.
Please check out our other VW videos:
My Van - Episode 1
My Van - Episode 2
My Van- Episode 3
Music by Kind Permission of Kevin MacLeod
VolksWorld Show 2010 Trophy Winner
Bodywork, paint and all mechanical work by Carl Klinkenborg @ Beetlebank
Classic VW Specialists in North Devon. Interior trim & upholstery by Lee
Britton. Billed in VolksWorld Magazine as "The Biggest Show Winner of
2010" Mr BoJangles - 1967 splitty
Quickest ever Camper Van interior install?
Using the same fibreglass molded technology as kit cars and beach buggy's
these cool interiors bolt together but not to the van - So can be taken in
and out in minutes, and even left outside in the rain when your not using
Wearesoup.co.uk headed over to 'Everything-GRP' in Swanage, UK to see what
makes this kit so good
VW Build your Own Complete Campervan
DVD available for purchase at: www.completecamper.co.uk
This is a trailor for our 'Build your own Complete Camper' DVD. We built a
unique campervan on a budget and produced a DVD to show people how they can
build their own, it took 3 years! We are so pleased with the final camper,
and the layout/ methods used to create it can be applied to any campervan
layout you desire. If you like what you see visit www.completecamper.co.uk
Forgotten Volkswagen 23 Window Deluxe Samba PART 2
We get after the Neglected Deluxe before she even gets off the trailer.
After hours and hours of grinding all 23 windows are exposed and she looks
better than ever. Give us a call if you know of an abandoned VW that could
use some love. We are always looking for new projects to add to our
collection. Thanks Skeeters (208)200-6053
"Chestnut" Brown Sugar by ZZ top. Great wrenching music.