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Buy a Celebrity: The Classic Volkswagen T2 Bus

Lovingly known as Camper, Hippie Van, and Kombi, few vehicles in the history of manufacturing gained such varied nicknames as the Volkswagen T2 classic bus. If you're looking for a reliable and inexpensive Volkswagen bus, eBay has an active list of used VW T2s for sale.

Types of VW T2 van for sale

There are mainly two generations of used VW T2 bus: first generation, produced between 1950 and 1967, and second generation, produced between 1967 and 1979.

  • First-generation VW Type 2: The first generation of VW was also used for the brand's Beetle. It is distinguished by its split front screen and multiple windows on either side. Powered by a four-cylinder engine, it came with four engine variants and a variety of customised versions. Known as an inexpensive and spacious transport vehicle, the van was featured on a variety of contemporary cover magazines.
  • Second-generation VW Type 2: The second generation is easily distinguished by a single panel windscreen compared to a double panel on the first generation. It used a 1.6-litre petrol engine as its baseline power source, and the van was also available in a three-speed automatic transmission model.
What are some of the variants of the VW T2?

When looking to buy one of these classics, you may come across panel vans that are specifically made to deliver goods. These vehicles are recognised by the absence of windows on the passenger side. Similarly, there is another version that has removable rear seats so that users may use it as a passenger or transport vehicle. A Samba bus version is also very well known because of its distinctive skylights and clothing sunroof. These Sambas were used as touring vehicles, and they are still used by speciality tour operators around the world. Flatbed pickup trucks known as a crew cab is yet another variation while some vans are also customised for camping purposes.

The framework and design of the T2

Experts often associate the longevity of T2 Bus with similar post-Type 2 generation designs. While the third-generation bus started using a liquid cool engine in 1983, it used many similar parts to the original T2 bus. A similar frame and mechanical features in T3 ensured that used T2 owners never faced problems when replacing old parts. In fact, newer VW bus models were based on original frame and engine structure used by T2.

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