100 Cars That Changed History

tn_99-1975_Volkswagen_T2B_(5686553332)1975 Volkswagen T2B (5686553332)” by Niels de Wit from Lunteren, The Netherlands – 1975 Volkswagen T2B. Licensed under CC BY 2.0 via Wikimedia Commons.


99. Volkswagen Type 2 (microbus) 1950-present Germany

The Type 2, or as it was commonly known, the Microbus, Kombi, or Transporter (depending on the body style), was a panel van introduced in 1950 by Volkswagen. The Type 2 was VW’s second car design, following the Beetle. Often used as a camper, many models featured a unique pop-up bed that raised out from the roof. The versatile and unique van became a favorite road vehicle for travelers. By the 1960’s the hippies in America had practically adopted them as their official vehicle, giving way to the nickname “hippie bus.” Like many VW’s, the Microbus has spawned a subculture which to this day collects and rebuilds classic Type 2s. The Type also shares the distinction of being one of the first forward-control vans, meaning the driver was positioned above the front wheel.


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