It’s only rarely that an early Volkswagen camper such as this one is spotted outside of shows nowadays, so I was lucky to see this 1963 example parked up recently on a local side street.
As the poster vehicle for the hippie movement, the Type 2 (named because it was second after Volkswagen’s Type 1 – the Beetle) still remains one of the most recognisable vehicles ever designed.
Despite this being a first-generation T2 camper, the fact this example was made in 1963 makes it retrospectively designated as a Type 2 (T1b) amongst VW people. The design was tweaked slightly from the original which debuted in 1950 but still retained its signature split-windscreen.
‘Paul’ or BHW 157A is a left-hand drive example with plenty of patina on what appears to be a really solid shell. Amusingly, Paul has refused to grow old gracefully and sports two exhaust pipes where his rear bumper would once have mounted.
|Registration Number:||BHW 157A|
|Model:||Type 2 (T1b)|
|First registered (UK):||31 December 1963|