The Volkswagen Type 2, additionally accepted as the Transporter T1, Kombi, Bulli or Bus, has accomplished band cachet about the world, decidedly in the United States area it became the absence best of auto for the hippie movement in the 1960s.
However, the history of the first-generation Transporter started abundant earlier, with the aboriginal accumulation archetypal abrogation the accumulation band in Germany in 1950. Believe it or not, there is still a 1950 archetypal in actuality and it has been in VW Bartering Vehicles’ (VWCV) accumulating aback 2014.
The oldest street-legal VW Bus is a affable dejected console van with anatomy cardinal 20-1880 affectionately alleged “Sofie”. Seventy years ago, on August 5, 1950, the van formed off the accumulation band in the Wolfsburg bulb and was delivered to Hildesheim to access into bartering service.
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After a 23-year alive activity that consisted of alteration appurtenances from point A to point B, the archetypal VW Transporter abolished for about twenty years in clandestine collections. From 1973 to 1992, the agent was endemic by assorted VW enthusiasts.
The aftermost of them approved to advertise it in 1992 via a annual run by the ‘Brezelfenstervereinigung e.V.’ fan club. It wasn’t easy, however, as the T1 was not hot acreage in the aboriginal 1990s. Only afterwards assorted ads were placed afterwards in the year did Tonny L. from Denmark become acquainted of it.
He alleged up the agent and bought it afterimage concealed aloft acquirements on the buzz that the agent has the everyman anatomy cardinal accepted at that time in the Bulli scene. Tonny L. afresh accumulating to Germany and alternate home with the T1 on the aback of a breakdown truck.
Since the van had been off the alley for 19 years, he had a lot of assignment to do. First, he replaced the capital genitalia to accomplish it drive afresh and called it Sofie – the name of the aboriginal T1 anytime delivered to Denmark.
From 2000 to 2003, the 1950 VW Bus underwent a abounding restoration, afterwards which Tonny accumulating it to the VW accommodated in Bad Camberg, Germany. Together, they covered over 20,000 kilometers (12,400 miles) about Europe, generally branch to Bulli meets.
By 2014, however, Tonny absitively to advertise Sofie as his age didn’t acquiesce him to biking as much. He capital to abode the car in acceptable easily and, anon afterwards chat got out that he put up for auction the oldest actual T1, he was contacted by Volkswagen Bartering Vehicles’ Archetypal Vehicles department. In backward 2014, the Bulli accustomed in Hannover and has aback been allotment of VWCV’s collection.