Officially launched on November 12th 1949, Volkswagen''s Transporter line did not go on sale to the general public until March 1950. The most outstanding attribute - other than its creation of a market where there was none before - was its construction. For a commercial vehicle to have both chassis and body welded together was a very advanced idea, especially during a time when the next best thing available was the Morris J-Type van and Citroen''s Type H van, both oddly shaped and utilitarian at best.
Throughout the 1950s and into the ''60s most of the major changes to the Transporter range were cosmetic. The Type 2 model was also among the first commercial vehicles in which the driver was placed above the front wheels. As such, it started a trend in Europe, with the Ford Transit, among others, q