VOLK­SWA­GEN T2 (BAY WIN­DOW)

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Ask any­one to draw a Volk­swa­gen van or camper and the chances are they will go for the T1 splitscreen ver­sion with its happy, big-vee face.

When VW an­nounced that it was go­ing to in­tro­duce a sec­ond-gen­er­a­tion Trans­porter plat­form there was dis­be­lief that it should aban­don such a well-loved icon, but the times they were a-chang­ing.

The T2 turned out to have at­trac­tive looks all of its own with that big panoramic wind­screen that gave birth to the ‘bay’ nick­name, and dou­ble-walled con­struc­tion was good news as was the in­tro­duc­tion of a dou­ble-jointed rear axle and a big­ger en­gine.

The T2 is bet­ter and more prac­ti­cal to drive than its pre­de­ces­sor. Post-1972 models picked up a re­vised look (pic­tured) and more power. Even af­ter the third-gen­er­a­tion T3 came along in 1979, T2 pro­duc­tion con­tin­ued un­til 2013.

T2s were once much cheaper than T1s, but the gap has nar­rowed con­sid­er­ably in re­cent years.

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