1e Volkswagen Type 2 T1 8th March 1950

The original of all present-day vans and transporters dates back to the platformtruck used in the late 1940s for internal transport at the Volkswagen works at Wolfsburg. Ben Pon (senior), is considered to be the "father" of the Volkswagen Type 2 due to his initial interest and input into the project. At the end of the 1940s VW developed several prototypes for a roomy vehicle suitable for transport purposes. As none of the names they had in mind for it was available for unrestricted use, the new vehicle class received the name "Transporter".

1e Volkswagen Type 2 T1 8th March 1950

1e Volkswagen Type 2 T1 8th March 1950

Series production of the Type 2, starts on 8 March 1950, and extends the product range. The Volkswagen Transporter or Volkswagen Bus enjoys a rapidly growing popularity thanks to its multi functionality. The truck with its typical V shaped front and split windscreen was available in various versions, including a minibus. The technology was based on the Volkswagen Type 1, so called "Beetle" so that the T1 had an air-cooled, 4-cylinder, horizontally opposed engine. In 1956, Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles get a production facility of their own with the completion of the Hanover plant, that forms the core of today's brand.

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