They still make them

21 11 2011

T2 VW buses were produced in Germany from 1967 to 1979. Taiga Lily is a 1976 model, the Old Lady is from 1978. Volkswagen then moved the factory to Brazil where the same buses are still being made up to this day. Some years ago, the environmental requirements for new cars were tightened in Germany (Euro-5) and these Brazil kombis could not be imported and registered in Germany anymore. According to a note in a German car mag, a dutch importer (www.volkswagencampers.nl) now has found a loop hole. They import new Brazil buses, register them first in the UK where this is apparently still possible, and can then legally sell them in Germany as “used” cars. Not really the same as an original old T2, with a slightly modified roof line & doors, pre-1972 bumpers on a post-1972 body, and plastic side mirrors. But hey, they still look brilliant and you can probably keep the rust easier in check than with the really old ones.

 

Taken from "Auto, Motor und Sport", no. 25, 17.11.2011

These Brazilian VW buses have been available in the UK for about ten years already. If I remember correctly, I saw ads for them already in about 2000, in the monthly newsletter of the British Type Two Owner’s Club. Here is a 2011 ad from the UK – thanks to DrS for the snapshot!

UK ad for Brazilian T2 campers from 2011


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31 05 2015
Brazilian T2c Campervan spotted in Ireland | Campervan Crazy

[…] Here comes a Bay Window Volkswagen campervan spotted a few days ago by friends in the south of Ireland. It is one of the kombis produced in Brazil where production ended only at the end of 2013. Over the decades, Volkswagen Do Brasil produced late bay window buses which, from a European point of view, often looked like hybrids of the different generations of German Volkswagen buses. i.e. the rear of a late T1 split-window mixed with front of a T2 bay window bus, or late bay window buses (T2b, 1972 – 1979) mixed with elements of early bays (T2a, 1967-1972). Plus additional design changes unique to the Brazilian buses. This one here is a late (post 2005) Brazilian model (T2c) which comes already with a water-cooled engine, hence the very large radiator at the front of the car. The front indicators have already moved upwards as with late bay models, but the bumper bars are still round, similar to the early bays. Unique Brazilian features are the elevated roof line (raising above the driver’s cabin and then providing more head room in the back – here slightly masked by the installed pop-up roof in the back) and the lines at the lower edges of the front doors. I have never seen any of the Brazilian T2c buses on the road in Germany, but they are much more common in the UK where they could (and apparently still can) be ordered as new cars from Danbury Motor Caravans who also converted them into campervans. See also this older blog post. […]

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