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 1971, a revised 1.6 litre engine was introduced, rated at 50 bhp, driving through a 4-speed, manual transmission. In 1972, the flat-four engine was available in an enlarged 1.7 litre size, with a claimed 66 bhp on tap. Various cosmetic changes were also introduced in the early 1970’s, such as squared-off bumpers to meet US crash safety standards.
In the early ‘50s, Volkswagen commissioned a camper van conversion of the Type 2 and subcontracted the build of the vehicle to the company Westfalia-Werke. These ‘Westfalia’ conversions were made available worldwide through the VW dealer network and production continued until 2003 (based on the later T3 model).
This 1.6 litre Westfalia conversion was first registered, new, in Jersey in March 1975. It was the subject of a full restoration during 2012/13, carried out by ourselves on behalf of the then owner. Many thousands were spent on the restoration work, which covered bodywork, mechanicals and the interior. The vehicle was acquired by a Guernsey resident in 2020 and is now offered for sale again.