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Volkswagen Transporter T1 Model Styles

Mar 17, 2013

Volkswagen Transporter T1

Volkswagen Transporter T1 Model Styles (Volkswagen Type 2 T1 /  VW Bus T1)

Production period 1950–1975
  • 1950–1956 Assembly in Germany, factory at Wolfsburg
  • 1956–1967 Assembly in Germany, factory at Hanover
  • 1957–1975 Assembly in Brazil, factory at São Bernardo do Campo
"Do you know about this icon? If you don't, you can read about the history of the Volkswagen Type 2. It is one of the most iconic and popular vans in automotive history. Production officially started in March 1950."


The facts of Volkswagen Transporter
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The Volkswagen Transporter is becoming increasingly expensive, even for rusty wrecks. Mint early Volkswagen Type 2s are in high demand, with prices ranging from 2-10 thousand dollars, excluding the costs of restoration and shipping. The older the vehicle, the more expensive it becomes.

If you happen to find an advertisement for a T1 bus in running condition with a price under $6,000, be cautious. It's likely a fake, fraud, or scam. You should either leave it or report it to the admin. However, if you're still curious and want to verify the authenticity of the bus, you should see it in person.


Let's take a look at the different versions of the legendary T1.

The T1 is the first generation of this family.
  • Some of the variants are not meant for the civilian market, such as ambulances, police cars, hearses, crane trucks, fire trucks, and even the VW bus on the railroad track.
  • The customer had the option to order single or double doors on either or both sides.

VW T1 Models

T1A / Barndoor

1950–1955 Wolfsburg (Germany)

During the first five years of production, Volkswagen Transporters were not as popular as Beetles. As a result, only a quarter of the number of Buses were built compared to Beetles.

The Transporters produced before 1955, including the Buses, were known for their large engine access doors. These early models are now often referred to as "barndoor" buses. However, this term is often misunderstood to refer to the side doors.

Due to their rarity, these early barndoor transporters are highly valuable today.

T1B / Rear Door

1956–1963 Hanover (Germany)
1957–1963 São Bernardo do Campo (Brazil)

In December 1951, Volkswagen introduced an ambulance version to its Type 2 lineup. This model came with several modifications, including relocating the fuel tank to the front of the transaxle, implementing a rear door in "tailgate" style, and placing the spare tire behind the front seat. These features were eventually made standard in all Type 2 models manufactured between 1955 and 1967.

11805 Type 2 units were built in 1951. In August 1952, a single-cab pickup was added. This pickup remained unchanged until all units were heavily modified in 1968.

T1C / Wide on Rear Window and Rear Door

1964–1967 Hanover (Germany)
1964–1975 São Bernardo do Campo (Brazil)

When the rear door was made wider in 1964 also saw the introduction of an optional sliding door for the passenger/cargo area instead of the outwardly hinged doors typical of cargo vans.



You can see the difference / Characteristically below


T1A Barndoor Samba 23 window
The Samba is the highest caste of the Type 2 T1 models, which were first manufactured in 1951 and marketed for touring in the Alps and Switzerland. It features 23 windows that wrap around the entire vehicle, offering a complete 360-degree view. Standard features include trim strips along the beltline, a dash clock, and small skylight windows on the roof. Moreover, it comes with a sunroof, which provides fresh air and a scenic view of the mountains or the beach.


T1B Samba 23 window
Making it possible to carry more food, beer, and other picnic equipment, such as grills for your barbecue party.


T1C Deluxe 21 window
Yes, this last edition / is the final model of the T1 that was assembled in Germany. You can see wider on the rear window and cargo Door.


T1 Brazilian Kombi
This extremely rare T1 Brazilian Kombi bus has 13 Window 6 Doors plus 1 on the rear for the cargo door. Production 1968–1975


Source: Wikipedia
Image and photo credit to Elmar, vwcampervanblog, buyclassicvolks, Kombi Bus

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