Like the Beetle, the Volkswagen Type 2 Transporter is a true “world car,” as likely to be found in Katmandu, as in Valparaiso, Chile, or Pebble Beach. The Transporter shared the Type 1 Beetle’s running gear, which provided it with excellent ground clearance and an ability to run economically and indefinitely on near-kerosene. These adaptable attributes more than made up for the Transporter’s modest power output and low top speed, and helped spread it worldwide. Today the Volkswagen Type 2 is an iconic vehicle for nearly every generation of enthusiast.
Dutch importer Ben Pon’s original 1947 notebook sketch for a factory runabout led to over 6.5 million “bullis” (as they were called in Germany) being produced in air-cooled and later water-cooled “wasserbus” variations, before the arrival of the front-engine Eurovan in 1993..