The first Type 2 (Type 1 was the official title of the unique Volkswagen Beetle) van, code-named the T1, entered manufacturing in 1950, making the instance proven right here the oldest identified Type 2 in existence, so far as street-legal examples are involved.
It’s a 1950 instance at the moment in Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles’ traditional automobile assortment in Hanover, Germany. It was introduced out final week to rejoice its 70th birthday. This very van, chassis quantity 20-1880, rolled out of VW’s plant in Wolfsburg, Germany, on August 5, 1950. Production of the Type 2 began on March 8, 1950, and just below 10,000 examples had been made that yr.
Chassis no. 20-1880 was initially delivered to a customer in Hildesheim, Germany, after which it served as a supply van. It then traded fingers various instances till 1992, when Danish Type 2 fan Tonny L. noticed an advert for it and, realizing its significance, purchased it sight unseen.
He then set about restoring the automobile, after which he took it on quite a few drives throughout Europe, which isn’t unhealthy contemplating its air-cooled 1.1-liter flat-Four engine solely has about 25 horsepower. Later, after knocking again quite a few provides to buy the automobile from different collectors, Tonny lastly bought the van again to VW in 2014, figuring out that many different followers will get to benefit from the automobile within the possession of Volkswagen.
Volkswagen is now about to launch a T7-generation Transporter. While we gained’t see this automobile within the United States, the automaker can be engaged on a non secular successor to the T1-generation Type 2 van. It’s due in native showrooms in 2022, and is coming with battery-electric energy. A preview was given in 2017 with the disclosing of the ID Buzz concept.
This article was initially printed by Motor Authority, an editorial associate of ClassicCars.com.