Classic VW Buses History


Volkswagen busses the way you know them started from a primitive sketch. Since then the vehicle has seen different designs and even has a shape which is already a classical one. Here’s how it all began.

The First Generation

The first models appeared in 1950. They had a windshield which was split. This model has been upgraded for a number of times and you need to be an expert at this vehicle to differentiate the versions.

The easiest way to differentiate these vehicles in America is to look at the number of the windows. The most standard version has 11 windows. While sunroof DeLuxe version has more than 20 of them, for example.

This generation has been known for such engines as 1100 VW unit and a boxer with four flat cylinders. Both of them were cooled by air. Some of these vans produced so much noise that they’re referred to as a Barndoor.

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The Second Generation

The following generation started to arrive to the market in 1967. This era is known for such productions as the Early Bay and the Late Bay. This time the vehicle didn’t have its well-known windshield of split kind. Most significant exterior modifications included bumpers which were squared off. The car also became bigger in terms of size and weight. Its engine included 1.6 litres and produced 35 kW.

The car also had improvements in terms of its electrical system which became 12 volts better. Having lost its swing axle rear suspension the model got higher off the road. It still could maintain the velocity of joints owing to axles of a half-shaft kind.

This vehicle was also powered by 1.6-litre unit of 37 kW. Those who wanted more could rely on 1.7-litre and 2.0-litre engines. In a while early concept models of 4WD arrived.

The Third Generation

These models have been released starting from 1979. They are known as T3 generation. In America the most common name of these vehicles is Vanagon while in UK they’re called T25.

The new platform which was used for this production started to drift away from air-cooled engines. So in 1983 the car was based on units cooled by water. They were placed in the rear part of the famous van.

Once again the model has become even bigger than before. Its corners were squared off. In some cases this generation is also called The Wedge which makes it different from previous versions of Kombis.
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