Brazilian T2c Campervan spotted in Ireland

30 05 2015

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.

Brazilian T2c bay window camper.

Brazilian T2c bay window camper.

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For comparison I have added some photos of Taiga Lily, our 1976 late bay bus and two photos of Early Bay Window buses (from Berlin and Geelong). Many thanks to kombi correspondent Bill for the snapshots from Ireland!

Taiga Lily, our late bay window bus (T2b) from 1976.

Taiga Lily, our late bay window bus (T2b) from 1976.

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Beautiful early bay window (T2a) bus spotted 2014 in Geelong, Australian.

Beautiful early bay window (T2a) bus spotted 2014 in Geelong, Australian.

Early bay window (T2a) Westfalia camper from 1971 or 72, spotted 2012 in Berlin.

Early bay window (T2a) Westfalia camper from 1971 or 72, spotted 2012 in Berlin.


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