This Volkswagen T1 from 1958 as offered by Classic Park, is a very early copy including the most wanted round taillights, the small rear window and it is the walkthrough version without partition.
In 2015 this special bus was found in America by the owner of a very well know car body shops in the Netherlands. By closer inspection this Volkswagen appeared to be very original and complete, but more important, the cars seems to have had a past without (major) damages. Also, the bus did not seem to have any serious corrosion this most probably because of the friendly climate over there.
For his company, it was a nice job to restore this car completely. So immediately upon arrival in mid-2015 the restoration began. The T1 was completely stripped till the bare metal. Under the paint is a wonderful undamaged copy out. So the expectations were right! There was hardly welded on the car, and beside some small things, welding on the car seems also not necessary. So the car appears to be the perfect base for a perfect restoration.
The purpose of the restoration is to leave the car as original as possible. Replacement parts are in general well available for this popular coach. However, the majority of these parts are imitation, with a generally inferior quality or fit. This project is handled differently. All original parts, good enough for being rescued, were saved and restored. So by this T1 are for example the very rare original bumpers saved. Days are spent to get them back perfectly. The result of the work is perfectly fitting and tight original bumpers. Despite the perfect base for the restoration of this T1, the restoration works still has been consuming more than a year. A team of passionate professionals have worked on it and the Volkswagen is now ready to be used again or to be added to a fine collection.
If you don’t have a VW bus in your collection, then this is anyway a good start of it. The result from the restoration is simply excellent. This bus is enormously tight, has perfect fits, is not all over primed and is also the popular early variety.
The sum is actually not that difficult. Start with a very solid, complete and original basis. Don’t save money on hours of labor from professionals, save the original parts as much as possible, and the result is stunning result.
Perhaps not one of the cheapest on the market, definitely be one of the best.
Since its introduction in 1950 five variants of the Volkswagen Transporter (internal designation Typ 2, the VW Beetle was Type 1) were marketed: T1 to T5.
The idea for the Transporter is attributed to the Dutch Volkswagen importer Ben Pon. During a visit to the Volkswagen plant in Wolfsburg in 1947, he saw a truck that was used for the internal transport of materials. The car was built on the bottom plate of a Volkswagen Beetle. With this Plattenwagen in mind, Pon sketched a van. In 1948 Volkswagen worked the sketch out. The goal was a transport van with lots of space and a 750kg load capacity. However, the bottom plate of the Beetle proved not suitable, and a ladder chassis with a self supporting body was designed. When the results of wind tunnel tests were disappointing, Volkswagen decided to use a more rounded shape. The air resistance turned out to be lower than that of the Beetle. The VW Transporter series production started at March 8, 1950.
The Transporter was one of the first cars where the driver sat right above the front axle of the vehicle. Numerous versions of the model appeared: pick-ups, camper vans, double cabins etc. The engine remained in the back until the introduction of the VW Transporter T4, meaning a flat load floor was not possible.
The first T1 model can be distinguished by the windscreen with the vertical metal bar in the middle and the two-coloured V-shape with VW logo on the front. The T1 was produced from 1950 till late 1967 and underwent a number of significant changes during that period, including an overhang over the front windows with grids for the supply of fresh air and a lower execution of engine cover and engine compartment. The latter adjustment created room for a rear door. The Transporter initially had a 4-cylinder air-cooled boxer engine with a displacement of 1131cc, which produced 25 hp. In 1953 this was enlarged to an 1192cc, 30 hp engine. Naturally, lager versions became available later. The load capacity also increased with the years. The Transporter engines were very reliable and lasted easily over 155,000 miles (250,000 km), which was exceptional in the 1960s.
The German production of the ‘Splittie’ ended in 1967. It was succeeded by the T2, but production continued until 1975 in Brazil.
T1 owners often refer to the number of windows of their van to distinguish between the many passenger versions of the Transporter. The 'basic' Kombi Transporter for instance had 11 windows. The 23-window for example, had eight small panoramic windows on each long side. The 21 and 23-window were later nicknamed Samba. They had a luxurious finish: chrome frames, an elaborate dashboard and standard a canvas sunroof.
1958 Volkswagen T1 transporter.
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