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VW TYPE 2 MINI BUS

The classic mini bus

OVERVIEW


In 1947 the VW Type 2 Bus was born! Dutch importer Ben Pon got the idea from the motorized trolleys used to transport parts around a VW factory in Wolfsburg. They were made from stripped down Beetle chassis!
This lead to his sketch on 23rd April 1947 of a Beetle-based van, slightly resembling a box on wheels! The first VW bus was launched at the Geneva Motor Show in November 1949. In 1968 the Split screen was replaced by the ‘early bay’. The radical rethink in style was just the beginning. There were major suspension changes and engines were now fitted with a stabilizing back bar. A one piece windscreen and wind down windows also added to the changes – in fact just about every mechanical part and body panel was replaced! It was commonly known as the Bay-window, or Bread Loaf in other countries.
The last bay rolled off the production line in 1979 with 3,292,272 buses made.

SPECS


YEAR
ENGINE SIZE (CC)
CYLINDERS
POWER (HP)
BRAKES (Front/rear)
WEIGHT
NUMBER OF SEATS
1974
1600
4
60
Disc/Drum
2070
8
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