Volkswagen Type 2
Volkwagen Type 2 is a camper van manufactured by Volkswagen, introduced in 1950. Notable sales
Gooding & Co. offered a 1966 Volkswagen Type II at its Scottsdale Auction in January 2008. It realised $60,500.
In the same year, a 1964 Volkswagen Type 2 21-Window Deluxe Microbus was sold by RM Auctions for $71,500.
The Volkswagen Type 2 driven by Hurley in the U.S. television series LOST was sold for $47,500 by Profiles in History in August 2010.
Volkswagen had their idea to produce a VW-based van in 1947 but it wasn’t until 1950 that the type 2 appeared. Although available in many different variants the most popular were the Kombi (Kombinationskraftswagen or informally “bus” – a windowed combination of passenger and cargo vehicle) and the camper.
The original design of the Type 2 came from Ben Pon, a Dutch Volkswagen importer who noticed the motorised trolleys built using Beetle chassis, taking parts around the factory in 1947. This inspired his to sketch a Beetle based van. The idea was taken further by Heinz Nordhoff when became chief executive of Volkswagen. The first Volkswagen Type II was introduced at the 1949 Geneva Motor Show.
Series production of the Type 2 began on 8th March 1950.
The first generation of the Type 2 are often known as split window buses or ‘splitties’, and were manufactured between 1949 and 1967. After 1967 ‘bay window models’ were introduced which included winding windows and a top speed of 80mph. Models made after 1979 are often known as ‘wedges’.
Film and television appearances
- Little Miss Sunshine (2006) – The main characters in the film drive a Type 2.
- LOST (2004-2010) – A Type II is repaired and driven by Hurley.
- The Lost Things (2003)
- Mary, Mary, Bloody Mary (1975)
- Podium (2004)
- Jamie Oliver (TV chef)
- Martin Clunes (actor)
- Jenson Button (Formula 1 driver)
- Roger Daltry (lead singer of The Who)
- Teri Hatcher (actress)
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