People who knew it will never ever forget the Volkswagen – the world’s largest selling make of car. This surely is one of the most remarkable cars ever built – a technical phenomenon really. The Volkswagen Type 2, known as the Kombi, Microbus or VW Camper was no different, never to be forgotten for its iconic design.
The van we all know and love
The Volkswagen Type 2 multi-purpose vehicle graced our roads between the years 1950 and 1979 and was a blend of freight mover as well as a people carrier. Bernardus Marinus, known as Ben Pon became the first dealer outside of Germany to sell Volkswagen vehicles. The first generation Volkswagen Bus had a 25-horsepower Beetle 1200 air cooled 4-cylinder engine – not fast but roomy, cheap and reliable.
Three Exciting Variants
Known fondly as the ‘people’s van’, the Type 2 was available in the United States, but the engine rated at 30 horsepower at 3400 rpm. Three variants were available – the blue base Kombi, the green Micro Bus and the deluxe Micro Bus available in a combination of red and black and all with nicknames such as Clipper, Bulli, Hippie-bus and others.
Integrity of Design
The secret behind Volkswagen’s success is the integrity of design and catering to the people’s needs – a cheap, reliable vehicle. Millions upon millions of people have owned a Volkswagen, and models such as the Volkswagen Type 2 can still be purchased when you go online or check out classic & vintage vehicles in car magazines, some of which are still in an immaculate condition.