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The origins of all today's vans and transporters go back to the panel wagons used in the Volkswagen production facility in Wolfsburg for internal transport in the late 1940s, which inspired the Dutch importer Ben Pon to come up with an idea for a transport vehicle. At the end of the 1940s, VW developed several prototypes for a spacious vehicle suitable for transport purposes. As none of the initially desired names could be used without restrictions, the new vehicle class was given the name Transporter. From March 8, 1950, the first generation of the transporter went into series production. The car with the typical V-shaped front section and the split windshield was available in various designs, including a minibus. The technology was based on that of the Volkswagen Type 1, the so-called Beetle, so that the T1 had an air-cooled four-cylinder boxer engine. The performance of the reliable rear engine with a displacement of 1.2 liters increased from 1961 to 34 hp. The luxury version of the minibus, the nine-seater special model, is still known today as the Samba Bus and spreads an unmistakable automotive charm with oval roof windows, very comfortable seats, a folding roof and lots of chrome parts. Thanks to all movable doors, the kit allows a deep insight into the spacious interior.


  • multi-part body
  • detailed interior with dashboard and bench seats
  • movable doors and tailgate
  • movable front wheel steering
  • The roof can be built either closed or with the folding roof pushed together
  • Engine simulation
  • rotating wheels
  • European and American bumper designs
  • Chrome-plated hubcaps, door handles, windshield wipers and chrome-plated front emblem
  • authentic decals with decorative stripes and various license plates (D, NL, F, GB and USA)

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