Volkswagen T1 to zdecydowanie najpopularniejszy dziś klasyczny bus, którego wszelkie wersje przeżywają dziś prawdziwy renesans, budząc radość i nostalgię gdy pojawią się na trasie. Mechanika współdzielona z Garbusem pozwala na tani serwis i modyfikacje, choć cen sprzedaży z pewnością niskimi już nazwać nie można. Osobowy Microbus pojawił się w 1950 roku, wyróżniając się dwukolorowym malowaniem, ładniejszą tapicerką i dużym aluminiowym logo na froncie. Egzemplarz z ogłoszenia to jeden z ostatnich z charakterystyczną dzieloną przednią szybą. Odrestaurowany 20 lat temu ma drobne niedoskonałości, choć ogólnie jest w świetnej kondycji. Zastosowany silnik ma 1,8 l i dwa gaźniki, dzięki czemu jeździ zdecydowanie lepiej niż nowy.
VW TYPE II CAMPER
Top Speed: 75
0 – 60: 22
Engine Capacity: 1776cc
Engine Configuration: Flat 4
Transmission: 4-Speed Manual
Exterior Colour: Blue & White
Interior Colour: Mesh Grey
The origin of the VW Type II bus began just after World War II in the VW factory in Wolfsburg, Germany. In 1947, a Dutch importer called Ben Pon, noticed that the motorised trolleys used to transport parts around the factory were made from stripped down Beetle chassis and running gear. He was inspired by these rather strange looking vehicles to sketch a design of a beetle-based van. A year later, the new chief executive of Volkswagen saw potential in this idea and the first VW van was officially launched at the Geneva Motor Show in November 1949. It was known as the Type II because it was the second VW model after the Beetle, the Type I.
By March 1950, ten vehicles a day were being produced. For the next four decades, the basic design remained the same and around five million buses were produced over that time. The Type II with its rear engine and ‘box on wheels’ body, filled a much needed gap in the market providing a simple but sturdy vehicle that was flexible when it came to transportation but without a high degree of cost. As the design was so uncomplicated, VW was able to turn out 90 different body combinations over the first five years. These variations included buses, pick-ups, fire engines, ambulances, beer wagons, refrigerated ice-cream vans, milk floats, bread vans, mobile grocers, ordinary delivery vans and the well known and loved camper.
From 1949 until 1967, Volkswagen produced the first generation of VW buses in the form of split screens. These ‘splitties’ earned their name due to the split windscreen and also sported a sweeping v-line front. They had a rear air-cooled engine that was simple and reliable.
During the 18-year production period, there were a great many developments. The original buses were designed to be workhorses and came in Kombi and Panel van models. The microbus was introduced in 1950, and had the famous two-tone paint; nicer upholstery and the big cast aluminium ‚VW’ logo.
In 1952 the single cab pick-up appeared and in 1954 the engine size increased. About 30 more versions of transporter were available, including the delivery van and ambulance. Four years later saw the introduction of the double cab pick-up. In the meantime, production of the VW bus had moved from Wolfsburg to Hannover. During 1963 the engine size increased to 1500cc from the original 1200cc, and the sliding side door became available as an option. 1967 marked the end of an era with the conclusion of split screen production, with 1,477,330 buses in the marketplace.
Split windscreen with Safari windows, Twin cargo doors, Sliding windows, Oil temperature and pressure gauges, Rev counter, Interior lighting, Alpine cassette player with CD changer, Infinity speaker system with amplifier, Spare wheel.
The solid blue and white paintwork presents well under our studio lighting and is an excellent colour combination that retains a truly vintage aesthetic. Fully restored several years ago the overall condition of the VW is great, having remained tucked away inside over recent years. As a result, the bodywork is in excellent order aside from a few minor stone chips to the front end. All the panels are arrow straight and free from any unsightly dings or ripples as normally found on such vehicles.
On close inspection the majority of rubbers and seals look fresh, with the chrome brightwork also in fine shape. All glass and lenses around the car are free from any cracks, and the bumpers remain entirely scuff-free. What’s more, the Bus is perfectly solid underneath having benefitted from several replacement panels early on in its restoration.
Unsurprisingly the interior of the Camper presents remarkably well, and along with several original features there are one or two tasteful upgrades also. The addition of new oil gauges and a rev counter is immediately obvious, but more discreet is the addition of a full sound system, neatly hidden away in a period trunk behind the rear bench seat.
The front and rear seats present beautifully and appear as new. The door cards and internal trim are also in very good order. What’s more, the painted dash is pristine and the headlining is also factory-fresh, having been professionally installed during the renovation. On closer inspection you’ll notice that the front foot well benefits from a fitted rubber mat.
ENGINE & TRANSMISSION
During the VW’s restoration the engine was upgraded to a 1776cc unit featuring twin carburetors which, along with a couple of other necessary upgrades, make for a much more pleasurable drive. The bore and stroke of this engine is the perfect combination of performance, reliability and drivability. It provides excellent low-end torque and performance throughout the entire rev range and is designed for years of trouble free service.
Much like the rest of the vehicle, the engine bay itself is very clean and tidy, with all components appearing in very fine fettle indeed.
WHEELS, TYRES & BRAKES
The wheels on the VW are correctly colour-matched to the top half of the vehicle in white. The 15″ steel wheels present really nicely having also been powder coated, and the chrome hubcaps are brand new.
The wheels are shod in a matching set of Michelin XZX tyres, each with ample tread remaining. The Camper has also been fitted with disc brakes, helping to bring the car to a halt more quickly.
This Microbus was first registered in 1966 and was fully restored in the late 1990s. It has remained in dry storage over recent years and has covered a mere 2,200 miles since 2008, and it shows.
Present in the history file is an original Instruction Manual from August 1966, as well as numerous MOT certificates dating back to 1999 following the restoration. The documentation is complete with a stack of paperwork and invoices from over the years, detailing works carried out and parts that have been fitted.