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Volkswagen Type 2 Camper (bay window) (1968 - 1979)

Last updated 29 April 2015

Cool, usable and highly versatile
Rust is an issue, restoration is not straightforward


The Volkswagen Transporter was given a thorough overhaul and relaunched in 1968. The second generation was known as the Type 2, and was thoroughly re-engineered for the 1970s - and yet, it looked refreshingly familar for those who had grown attached to the old T1. The biggest single change was the single-piece windscreen, which retrospectively earned the model the nickname of the ‘Bay Window.’

This version was easier to drive with improved suspension and visibility; at introduction it was powered by the 1584cc air-cooled flat-four, but this was upgraded to 1679cc in 1971, when disc brakes were also added. By the time European assembly came to an end in 1978, the Camper was powered by a 1970cc engine, yet it was still relatively underpowered. Today, they're plentiful, cool and a proper 'scene' vehicle. Production ended in Brazil at the end of 2013 - with the final batch of campers for Danbury arriving on these shores in early 2014.

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