To Be OFFERED AT AUCTION WITHOUT RESERVE at RM Sothebys' The Taj Ma
Garaj Collection event, 28 September 2019.
$60,000 - $80,000
- Unusual high-roof example
- The last year of Type 2 T1 production
- Meticulously restored in 2004
- White-painted roof rack with ladder
Dutch-market Volkswagen importer Ben Pon suggested a basic utility
van to the automaker's engineers in April 1947, not long after the
first Type 1 Beetles arrived in his home country. The Germans liked
the idea. As soon as they could, they built a prototype that shared
much of its running gear but not its chassis with the Type 1. The
van was initially conceived as a utilitarian delivery vehicle well
suited to tight European streets with its narrow dimensions and
short turning circle. A passenger version was also offered, while
the Microbus that could function as a family car followed not long
after. The Type 2 evolved with various body and powertrain upgrades
that made it more functional.
So successful was the Type 2 that Volkswagen in 1956 built a
dedicated Transporter production facility in Hanover, Germany.
Assembly in Hanover continued into 1967 for European and North
American markets, until a redesigned version known to enthusiasts
as the T2, with a longer body and a single, larger windshield,
arrived in late 1967.
This Type 2 is among the last of the T1 vans built and is fitted
with the unusual high-roof, or Hochdach, configuration that allowed
for even more utility. Extra-tall side doors provide access to a
cargo area so tall that many adults can stand upright once inside.
The vans left Hannover with unadorned interiors painted an
innocuous off-grey hue, and nearly all were outfitted with custom
shelving and the like. Given the hard lives these vans lived�if not
with their first owners, then in their second and third lives as
utility trucks�few are known to have survived.
This example was built for the German market in harmonious Dove
Blue with a handful of options fitted, including bumper over-riders
and lap belts. The van was restored between 2003 and 2004 by
MetalKraft CoachWerkes in Cincinnati, Ohio, and has largely been
displayed and not driven in the ensuing years. It presents in
nearly new condition inside and out, and where it has been jovially
personalized with Taj Ma Garaj vinyl graphics, it could be
rechristened for a new purpose. A white-painted roof rack was
custom-fabricated and features a matching stepladder that helps
accentuate just how tall the high-roof version of the Type 2 really
is. Inside, the van features grey upholstery in the original style,
Wolfsburg lap belts, and a painted dashboard with a white grab
Ready for personalization or to be the star of any gathering of
vintage VW busses, this high-roof T1 is certainly among the finest
examples to be found.To view this car and others currently
consigned to this auction, please visit the RM website at rmsothebys.com/en/auctions/tg19