When Dutchman Ben Pon saw motorised trollies built from VW Beetle chassis and running gear carrying components around Wolfsburg in 1947, he sketched an outline for a simple constructed van based on the Beetle.
Although Pon's "box on wheels" concept was initially turned down by the British who were then managing a VW factory, the idea was taken up by Heinz Nordhoff who took over as VW's chief executive in 1948. By November that year the first blueprints were available and, just a year later, the first VW Transporter was unveiled.
With its unique styling, the concept of the Transporter, or "Bulli" as it was know in Germany, remained little changed throughout decades of production, during which over 5 million examples were produced. All of the Type 2s are very tough and durable so a very, very large number of '50s, '60s and '70s examples are still on the road.
This book tells the full story of the Transporter from the earliest "Split-screen" type through the "Bay window" and "Wedge" models to todays equivalent VWs.
These days, early Type 2s are much prized by enthusiasts and the modern surfboard set and customisers have also adopted these VWs in a big way.
|Publisher:||Veloce Publishing PLC|
|Product dimensions:||8.47(w) x 10.11(h) x 0.65(d)|