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Mar 17, 2013

Volkswagen Transporter T1

Volkswagen Transporter T1 (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 don't know, you can read this first, the history of Volkswagen Type 2.

Yeah... he had been one of the most iconic and popular vans in automotive world history. Officially production started in March 1950.

The facts of Volkswagen Transporter
Today, it's the fact...

Prices for mint early Volkswagen type 2 are getting higher and higher. Even if you want to buy the rusty wrecks it's will drain your pockets "very deep". May be on dollars, worth on 2–10 with triple zeros on behind, excluding other costs like restoration or shipping. The older they get more and more expensive.

So, if you come across an Ad selling a T1 bus on running condition, from various years and variants, with the price under 6000 USD, be careful, *positive..., that means is fake, fraud ads or scam indicator. Action should be taken "leave it or report to admin", but if you're curious and want to convince yourself and have thought this bus it's real, you should come to see the bus directly...

Talk less do more..., let's have a look at variants of the legend

First, you need to know about T1, which is first generation of the family.
  • Many variants are not for the civilian market, like ambulances, police cars, hearses, crane trucks, fire trucks, and even the VW bus on the railroad track.
  • Doors version, the customer could be ordered on either or both sides (double door).

Variants of T1
Character Barndoor
Production 1950–1955 Wolfsburg (Germany)

Volkswagen transporters were not as popular as Beetles, and in the first 5 years of production, there were 4 times fewer Buses built than Beetles.

The Buses (and all other transporters) produced before 1955 had characteristically large engine access doors.

Today, they are largely known as "barndoor" buses. Some people think that barndoor is supposed to be a reference to the side doors, but it is a misconception.

These early barndoor transporters are very rare today.

Character Rear Door

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


An ambulance model was added in December 1951 which repositioned the fuel tank in front of the transaxle, put the spare tire behind the front seat, and added a "tailgate" style rear door, these features became standard in Type 2 from 1955 to 1967.

11805 Type 2s were built in 1951. 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.

Character Wide on Rear Window and Rear Door

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

Description 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
Samba is the highest trim level for the type 2 T1, the first production in 1951, marketed for touring the Alps, Switzerland. 23 windows all around the vehicle, so you can see a full 360-degree panorama on board. Additional standard with trim strips along the belt line and a dash clock, small skylight windows on the roof, plus a sunroof if you want to take a breath of fresh air from the mountain 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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