The Volkswagen Type 2, also known as the VW Bus, Kombi, or “Microbus,” “minibus,” and “Hippie van/bus.”is a forward control light commercial vehicle introduced by Volkswagen in 1950. It became an iconic symbol, especially during the counterculture movement of the 1960s

“History”

The concept for the Type 2 is credited to Dutch Volkswagen importer Ben Pon. He visited Wolfsburg in 1946 and saw an improvised parts-mover based on the Type 1 chassis, which inspired him to envision something better. The Type 2 was initially derived from Volkswagen’s first model, the Type 1 Beetle.

“Generations”

T1 -1950 The first generation, often called the “Early Bus.”
T2 -1967 The second generation, known as the “Late Bus.”
T3 -1979 The third generation.
Later generations include the T4, T5, and T612.

“Nicknames”

Worldwide, it’s been called the “microbus,” “minibus,” and the famous “Hippie van.” Became an iconic symbol of the counterculture movement and surf culture.

In Brazil, the last factory producing the T2 series ceased production in 2013 due to safety regulations.

“The Type 2’s legacy lives on”

Overall, the Volkswagen Type 2 remains an iconic symbol of freedom, adventure, and counterculture, especially during the 1960s.

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