VW’S OTHER BELOVED DYNASTY
Type 2 (T1) 1950
Spun from the basic Transporter that arrived the same year, the Microbus started out with just 25bhp to push it along to its 53mph top speed. Which is why you only see them in lane one.
Die-hards will say this is where the story ends as the T4 went front-engined and front-wheel drive. The upside was better reinement, luxury and you could even get one with the 2.8-litre VR6.
Type 2 (T2) 1967
Still a riot of curves but more plain than before, the T2 stayed air-cooled but could be had with a 2.0-litre lat-four by the end and luxuries like disc brakes. Was still being built in Puebla until 1994.
More car-like than ever before, the T5 generation came in three wheelbases, four gearboxes, ive engines and up to 11 seats. There was even the racy 172bhp Sportline for diesel-based hoonery.
Type 25 (T3) 1979
VW conceded on round wheels but otherwise the T25 was a set square fetishists’ wet dream. Shockingly it switched to water-cooled motors in 1983, but the 2.1-litre lat-four was a gem.
The latest T6 can be had with petrol as well as diesel motors while the tech is car-like too – adaptive cruise, DSG and city emergency braking isn’t really roughing it.