Type T2 van from Volkswagen also goes by various names in different countries such as Transporter, Microbus, Kombi, Caravelle, Samba, etc.
Originally conceived by the owner of a Volkswagen dealer from the Netherlands, while he was in Germany in the summer of 1947 to place an order for few Beetle’s (Type 1), Ben Pon noticed few parts of an earthmoving machinery lying around and thought of putting them in to use. He drew a few sketches incorporating parts of the Beetle to make a new vehicle that can transport goods and spoke to few in the production team.
So Volkswagen’s newly appointed chief Heiz Nordhoff gave the thumbs-up to initiate the new project. By the winter of 1949, Volkswagen started making the vans and designated as Type 2 or T2. They continued to be made for several years and were called T2a (for those made before 1972) and T2b (for those made after 1972).
This van was also used by the TEAM MARTINI to transport parts as well team members to the racing venue in the Safari Rally of 1978.
|- Premium collectible|
|- Licensed product|
|- Material: ZAMAC (zinc alloy), Rubber and Plastic|
|- Moving wheels|
|- Non-opening bonnet, boot and doors|
|Box Dimension (in inches)||8 x 4 x 4.5|