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mahatmakanejeeves

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Fri Mar 8, 2024, 09:48 AM Mar 2024

On this day, March 8, 1950, production of the Volkswagen Microbus began.

Volkswagen Type 2

The Volkswagen Type 2, known officially (depending on body type) as the Transporter, Kombi or Microbus, or, informally, as the Bus (US), Camper (UK) or Bulli (Germany), is a forward control light commercial vehicle introduced in 1950 by the German automaker Volkswagen as its second car model. Following – and initially deriving from – Volkswagen's first model, the Type 1 (Beetle), it was given the factory designation Type 2.

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First generation (T1; 1950)



1966 Volkswagen Type 2

The first generation of the Volkswagen Type 2 with the split windshield, informally called the Microbus, Splitscreen, or Splittie among modern fans, was produced from 8 March 1950 through the end of the 1967 model year. From 1950 to 1956, the T1 (not called that at the time) was built in Wolfsburg; from 1956, it was built at the completely new Transporter factory in Hanover. Like the Beetle, the first Transporters used the 1100 Volkswagen air-cooled engine, an 1,131 cc (69.0 cu in), DIN-rated 18 kW (24 PS; 24 bhp), air-cooled flat-four-cylinder 'boxer' engine mounted in the rear. This was upgraded to the 1200 – an 1,192 cc (72.7 cu in) 22 kW (30 PS; 30 bhp) in 1953. A higher compression ratio became standard in 1955; while an unusual early version of the 30 kW (41 PS; 40 bhp) engine debuted exclusively on the Type 2 in 1959. Any 1959 models that retain that early engine today are rare. Since the engine was discontinued almost immediately, no spare parts were made available.

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Wed Mar 8, 2023: On this day, March 8, 1950, production of the Volkswagen Microbus began.
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On this day, March 8, 1950, production of the Volkswagen Microbus began. (Original Post) mahatmakanejeeves Mar 2024 OP
It just doesn't look right without flowers painted on the sides. Chainfire Mar 2024 #1
Or without someone pushing it along the road because the engine failed at 35 K miles. LastDemocratInSC Mar 2024 #3
Drove a Mexican manual version in Baja without a synchromesh Auggie Mar 2024 #2

Auggie

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2. Drove a Mexican manual version in Baja without a synchromesh
Fri Mar 8, 2024, 11:35 AM
Mar 2024

First and only time I've had to double clutch. I was the only in our group that knew how to drive it. It was a lot of fun, actually.

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