Coys Auction - Fine Motor Cars
Oxfordshire OX20 1PX
Saturday 5th July 2008 at 14.30
Officially launched on November 12 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 - is 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, quickly copying the conce