The Volkswagen Bus Book

The story of VW’s Transporter, Bus and Camper, from origins to the present day, and why it’s one of the world’s most familiar vehicles.


This is the story of VW's timeless classic, the Type 2 Transporter, universally known as the ”Bus”. It is sixty years since the idea of VW‘s Transporter was conceived by Dutchman Ben Pon after seeing motorized trollies conveying components around the British-managed Wolfsburg factory in the mid-1940s. With blueprints complete by November 1948, the “Bulli” as it was known in Germany went into production a year later. The 100,000th Transporter was built in October 1954, the millionth in 1961 and the 3 millionth in 1971, the total number of vehicles exceeding 6.5 million. The Transporter changed little in concept throughout decades of production, and remained in production in Brazil until very recently, nearly six decades after its postwar German debut.
Researched in incredible detail, this book explores the story of the VW bus, from early origins through to the present day. This entirely new edition includes details of many of the different camper conversions, and examines the social history and the T2's evolution. Including full specifications, production figures and buying advice, this totally reworked classic is an interesting, highly informative read and a must for any VW enthusiast.

About the author

Malcolm Bobbitt is the author of more than twenty marque histories and general automotive books, a number of which have appeared as foreign language editions. As contributor to several periodicals and newspapers, his work and photographs have appeared worldwide. A member of the Guild of Motoring Writers, Society of Automotive Historians, and the Society of Authors, Malcolm is acclaimed for his books on Volkswagen, including an earlier VW Bus book published in 1997 by Veloce. Married to Jean, Malcolm s activities include public speaking, classical music, collecting motoring ephemera and getting behind the wheel of his early British-built CitroÎn DS.

eBook details

eISBN: 978-1-845846-34-3 • eV number: eV4634 • Published: August 2013 • Language: English • Digital edition: First Digital Edition. Base eBook price: £14.99 / $16.99 / €17.99 (vendors may set their own prices, so actual prices may vary).
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Original book info

V4081 • Paperback • 25x20.7cm • £19.99 • 208 pages • 258 colour and b&w pictures • ISBN: 978-1-845840-81-5 • UPC: 6-36847-04081-9. Price subject to change, P&P extra.
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