Volkswagen Type 2 Campervan
The Volkswagen Type 2 Camper was one of the most iconic and successful vehicles for decades.
The Volkswagen Type 2, also known as the VW Camper, is a multi-purpose vehicle manufactured by Volkswagen between 1950 and 1979. Officially named the Type 2 Transporter, it came in many different styles and specs. A rear- engine, rear wheel drive van, it was arguably the first people carrier and is now considered one of the most iconic especially due to its design.
The first Type 2 'Kombi' appeared in May 1950 and was a combination of a people carrier and freight mover which could be used and changed quickly to either task. Unit construction and front occupants sitting over the front wheels created lots of interior space, and rear access was superb through one or two outwardly opening side doors on each side of the van.
The engine was originally the 1100 Volkswagen air-cooled engine , which was an 1,131cc 24 bhp air-cooled flat-four-cylinder engine. In 1954 this was replaced by a 1192cc, 30bhp engine and in 1959 a higher compression engine producing 34bhp was provided. With synchromesh on all four gears, this added performance. In August 1967 the Type 2 T2 ‘Bay Window’ van was introduced. It was wider and higher than the T1, fitted with a sliding side door and initially a 1584cc flat-four engine with 47bhp at 4000rpm. These early T2a vans are identifiable as they have crescent-shaped rear air intakes and a front bumper that incorporates a step. T2a vans are the most desirable of the Bay Window campers.