|Ben Pon's first sketches of the van in 1947|
One of the many arguments made by lots of Volkswagen enthusiasts is the advantage of an air-cooled engine. Others say that this Volkswagen model was the first MPV (Multi Purpose Vehicle) on the market and which poorly imitated by automobile manufacturers from Stuttgart and Turin. The Volkswagen bus is the one and only true MPV a "copy of it" you don't want to drive.
An intriguing aspect is that Volkswagen historians disagree on what could be the official name of the VW Bus. Nobody doubts the factory designation Type 2, because this was just the secondary vehicle, the Beetle got the code Type 1. On this site we will use the name Transporter or Bus because those are most used, though each country has its own pet name for this beautiful car. In Germany it is called 'Bulli' in Denmark 'Rugbrød' in America and England 'Transporter' and in the Netherlands 'Spijltje' or 'Clipper'. Why not? Such a car may have pet names.
The premise of this website is not to discuss the right term or to determine, but to highlight the technical specifications of the VW Bus. The gentlemen at Volkswagen designed an outstanding coach and it was the first of its kind that hit such a wide audience, like the Fiat 500 in Italy, the 2CV in France and the Mini in England. This "Car for the People" contributed particular in the sixties to the great social changes. During the flowering of the hippie-era, the VW bus was adopted as a symbol of freedom and peace, and that Volkswagen used a facet of the launch of another MPV. It is easy to trace where the contemporary designers got their inspiration from.
The Volkswagen Bus was the first minivan, invented by the same logical minds that brought the Volkswagen Beetle to the world. In fact, the Volkswagen Bus was for years really a big, boxy body on a Beetle chassis. The primitive 'shoe box on wheels' is a concept that will be used far into the 21st century. The VW Bus is slow, noisy and thirsty, but these drawbacks do not outweigh its excellent quality, durability and character as other brands you'll find only in less degree. Therefore, VW buses driving everywhere around the world. As a fan of all air cooled Volkswagens, I hereby thank all those who honor their old vehicle.