The venerable Volkswagen Type 2 Combi was built in two main forms: Splitties (1950 to 1967) and Bay Windows (1967-1979) . And then there are the Bay Windows built in Brazil (1976 to 2013). This is one of the latter.
Late in 2005 the Brazilian-built Type 2 replaced its flat-four air-cooled engine with a water-cooled straight-four from a VW Gol, a Brazil-built car roughly the same size as a VW Polo. According to the current UK owner of this excellent example, the switch to a more modern engine did not mean that skin could be pulled off a rice pudding any more rapidly. It is comfortable at 65mph, but things get ‘frantic’ at its supposed top speed of 75mph.
The water-cooled Type 2 can easily be identified by its front-mounted radiator, but this detracts hardly at all from the continuing charm of the Bay Window. This example, built in 2007 and imported into the UK in 2010, is in full campervan specification and is used for holidays by the owner’s family.
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Classic double opening at the rear. Note the campervan lifting roof.
Good visibility for the driver.
Modernity! You wouldn’t find cup-holders in 1950…
More modernity: a water-cooled VW engine.
Plenty of room, and ready to convert into a bed.
240V sockets, but a classic kettle to go on the gas hob. All ready for adventure.