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From 1949 to 1967 VW buses were made with the distinctive split windshield and V-shape styled front panel. The distinctive profile and colouring of these early models has made the Splitty a design classic.
Rarer models include the multi-windowed ‘Samba’ variation along with early Westfalia and Devon conversions. Prices for these highly sought after versions can run from £6,000 up to £30,000 and beyond.
European Type 2 production halted in 1979 but the vans were continued to be made at a Brazilian plant. However, after 63 years of production, Volkswagen has announced that the production of the Type 2 van will end in December 2013.
The original Type 2 was built with a 1200cc 34BHP engine, making it a bit of a tortoise by today’s standards. As a result, many vans have been fitted with newer 1600cc 50BHP engines.
It’s not uncommon for VW camper van drivers to acknowledge each other with a special wave. Clench your fist, extend your thumb and pinky and wave it around. This is not an offensive gesture. Honestly.
Vee-dub: Variation on the VW company name and popular Type 2 nickname (along with Hippy Van and Bread-loaf). news.bbc.co.uk
Transporter and Kombi were the original German names for Type 2 bus models. The often-used Combi tag is a variation on these names.
The iconic pre-1967 versions of the bus are known as Splittys due to their split-screen front windshield. news.bbc.co.uk
The first VW Type 2 was launched in November 1949 and since then the model has gone through many significant design changes, from the original T1 (Splitty) through to the T5.5 which was launched in 2010.
Insurance premiums on campers vary depending on age, postcode and other factors. As a rough guide though the premium on a 1975 VW Camper in Birmigham would be £270. www.confused.com Insurance for your campervan whether you're touring the UK or exploring Europe. Find cheap campervan insurance with Confused.com