1965 Volkswagen Type 2 Microbus
Chassis no. 215 118 185
As readily recognisable as the immortal 'Beetle' itself and a 'cult' vehicle in its own right, the Volkswagen Type 2 and its derivatives enjoyed an even longer period in production than their saloon progenitor. The original was conceived in the late 1940s by a Dutch Volkswagen agent, Ben Pon, who drew up plans for a van based on the Beetle floorpan and running gear. Known as the Volkswagen Type 2 (the Beetle saloon being Type 1) the result of Pon's efforts arrived in 1950 and almost immediately proliferated into a bewildering variety of models catering for an enormous range of commercial and domestic activities. The original retained the Beetle's rear-mounted 1,200cc air-cooled engine and four-speed gearbox, the latter suitably re-ratioed to cope with the van's greater weight. Engines grew in size and power while both handling and comfort improved as development progressed. By 1968, when the first major revision of this outstandingly successful design occurred, almost two million had been sold worldwide.
Comprehensively restored recently and currently forming part of a private collection, this example features the rare option of an opening and adjustable split windscreen. The vehicle is beautifully painted in white over green and is presented in generally good condition. Offered with Portuguese registration papers.
Récemment restauré et actuellement conservé au sein d'une collection privée, ce minibus VW possède le rare et recherché pare-brise ouvrant en deux parties. Portant une belle peinture en deux tons blanc et vert, ce Type 2 se présente en bon état général avec ses papiers d'immatriculation au Portugal.