The Volkswagen Beetle is the symbol of the 20th century. It was a century of changes. The world really loved the Volkswagen, and the brand is still popular. But, the second creation was an absolute favorite.
People loved it for its simplicity. Fancy a slow ride? The microbus is the real deal for you. It offered a safe ride for everyone on board, and everyone gets a chance to enjoy the beautiful scenery.
The Transporter was first produced on March 8, 1950. It’s known as the Volkswagen Type 2, and people love it.
In the US, the Transporter was introduced as a competition to “regular” vans available on the market. It competed against the Ford Econoline, the Dodge A100, and the Chevrolet Corvair 95 Corvan. Nine people could fit in the three rows of bench seats.
It wasn’t long before people named it “the hippi bus.” McKeel Hagerty, classic car market expert and the CEO of Hagerty Insurance, hippies liked the new vehicle because “it was cheap to maintain, easy to work on, and big enough to live in.”
Owners liked to paint murals on their van, and the peace symbol was a common decoration. It became the symbol of liberty for that generation of youngsters.
Samba, Kombi, Campervan, Bulli, Splittie, Vanagon and EuroVan are some of the names people used to describe their ride.
Dutch businessman Ben Pon signs the design. He is a Volkswagen importer in 1947. Pon watched the trucklets around the factory and noticed that the engines were all set at the rear.
He made a quick sketch, and execs liked it. The microbus was soon created. In the first year of production, the company produced 10,000 vehicles of the Model T1.
“If you think of the 1950s, big American cars with bold grill statements were everywhere,” Stewart Reed, chair of the Transportation Design Department at Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, CA, explained. “When you encountered a microbus with a full painted face, two-tone trim and a big VW badge—that was something completely different coming at you on the street.”
The first generation was keeping people happy for 18 years. The original design thrived until 1967. This amazing vehicle had “a split windshield layout, a 44-horsepower engine, and removable middle and rear seats.”
The next generation of the van had a 65-horsepower engine and there was a wrap-around window instead of the split windshield.
The Vanagons was produced in the 80s. This third generation had water-cooled engines and the design was different. The high tariffs cut the production and the sale in our country. However, the vans were produced in Germany, Argentina, Brazil, Mexico and Australia.
The production of microbuses was brought to an end in 2013 due to environmental legislation that disapproved the production of rear-engine vehicles.
Was there any way to bring the vehicle back on the street? People really loved it.
They plan to create an electrified Volkswagen Type 2 bus.
The 2022 Volkswaven Microbus honors the legendary Type 2 Microbus. Johan de Nysschen, Volkswagen’s US boss, said they will start off the production process in 2022.
The van will be assembled in Germany, but people from every part of the world can get it.