Volkswagen introduced their ‘Type 2’ (the manufacturer’s second model) in 1950 and production ran in Germany until 1979, when the Type 3 model was introduced. Instantly recognizable to this day, they have achieved something of a cult status, given their widespread use during the ’60s and later, often associated with the surf culture from that decade.
The earliest models are referred to as ‘split screen’, referencing the windscreen style and the revised version – introduced in 1967 – the ‘bay-window’, similarly referencing a now altered windscreen design. In addition to this change, the second-generation vehicle was a little larger and heavier than the first variant; had revised suspension; 12-volt electrics and larger, more powerful engine options. In 1972, the flat-four engine was available in an enlarged 1.7 litre size, with a claimed 66 bhp available, driving through a 4-speed, manual transmission. Various cosmetic changes were also introduced in the early 1970’s, such as squared-off bumpers to meet US crash safety standards.
This 1973 late ‘bay window’ T2 was first sold as a micro-bus model in Los Angeles in the USA, where it has spent much of its life. In November 2013 it was imported to the UK as a solid, rust-free vehicle and purchased by a Guernsey resident the following year, who commissioned significant refurbishment and conversion work, including the fitment of a new, enlarged (1800 cc) engine and a new day van interior. The vehicle was then sold to a Jersey resident in 2021 and is currently still a Jersey-registered vehicle.