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Volkswagen Type 2 Kombi/Camper (Split-screen) (1949 - 1968)

Last updated 22 March 2019


Model Timeline

January 1947
Type 2 first thoughts

Ben Pon came up with Transporter design sketches, inspired by forward control Beetle-based trucks at Volkswagen’s Wolfsburg factory.

January 1949
Type 2 launched

Type 2 shown, powered by the 1131cc flat-four developing 25bhp.

January 1950
Range extended

Type 2 panel van goes on sale, quickly followed by the Kombi.

January 1951
The legendary Samba is added to the line-up

The Type 2 Volkswagen Samba bus is launched, but is otherwise known as the Microbus DeLuxe.

January 1952
Pick-up arrives.

January 1954
Type 2 gets more power

Engine capacity increased to 1192cc; power rises to 30bhp. Right-hand-drive vans now offered in the UK.

January 1958
Double-cab goes on sale

January 1959
More power and a better gearbox

Power increased to 34bhp and all-synchromesh gearbox fitted, improving the driving experience.

January 1961
A 'big' year for the Type 2

High-roof panel van added to the range, and the millionth Transporter leaves the factory.

January 1963
The 1.5-litre option added to the range

The 1497cc power unit now available at extra cost: it developed 42bhp, increasing to 44bhp in 1965.

January 1966
Electrical system gets a much-needed upgrade

Heavy Type 2 users welcome the arrival of 12-volt electrics to replace the original six-volt system.

January 1967
Split-screen model replaced by the Bay window version

All-new styling for the Type 2, with the split-screen with single-piece ‘bay window’. Much-needed 1584cc flat-four engine now fitted, now developing 47bhp.

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