SPLIT PER­SON­AL­ITY

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VW’S BEE­TLE de­rived com­mer­cial/panel van was launched in 1950. As Volk­swa­gen’s sec­ond model line (af­ter the Bee­tle) it was des­ig­nated the Type 2. The Mi­crobus with win­dows and seats quickly fol­lowed in 1951 with the top of the range be­ing the Mi­crobus Deluxe. In fact, the de­sign’s sim­ple and ver­sa­tile struc­ture and dif­fer­ent com­bi­na­tions of bodies, doors, seats and win­dows – as well as left or right­hand drive – re­sulted in more than 50 Type 2 vari­a­tions. The first gen­er­a­tion Type 2 – af­fec­tion­ately known as the 'Splitty' due to the di­vided flat­glass two-piece split wind­screen – lasted un­til 1968 in Ger­many and Aus­tralia be­fore be­ing re­placed by a heav­ily re­vised model with a larger one-piece curved wind­screen. In­ter­est­ingly, the orig­i­nal Split screen con­tin­ued to be man­u­fac­tured in Brazil un­til the mid-1970s.

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