Costa Rica T1 Shorty     

1 04 2018

Hi to everyone out there! It has been a long time with no blog post. Family life with two small kids and work got the upper hand for most of last year. We are now proud parents of a school kid, and the little one is making her way through Kindergarden. Berlin had a bit of a no-real-winter-at-all. Mostly way too warm, then finally a week of minus -5-10°C, but still hardly any snow. Bit of a disappointment for the little ones. But a few days ago I received the photos below from my old friend Siegfried who is touring Costa Rica again , and they brightened up my day:  A T1 split window kombi, spotted in the small town of Sierpe. Seems to be in really beautiful condition, and looks very much like a standard European T1 to me, with slightly larger rearview mirrors, safari windows at the front and the double bumper bars that were more made for the US market. Except that someone has cut out about 50 cm of the van. The section missing is where the second of the two rear side doors would have been. The original model would have been built between 1964 (large T2-like rear door)and 1967 (start of the T2 bay windows) if it was from German production. Probably they were built longer in Mexico and Brazil, so this one could be from the seventies as well. Very nice: red-and-white T1 model on the center of the dash board. Hope you enjoy the photos!

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Costa Rica Kombi Billboard

18 03 2017

My old friend and kombi correspondent Siggi has been traveling Costa Rica again and has sent these cool photos: A bay window bus serving as an advertising sign for the restaurant Patrón’s in Dominical, Costa Rica. Seems to be not unusual to re-use old buses as billboards over there in Costa Rica: check also this older post, also on a bus spotted by Siggi.

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Interesting how they got it in place up there. From the photo showing the underfloor, it seems there are two strong iron beams running the length of the car from the house to the front axle. They appear to carry the whole weight of the car and probably end in the column behind the bus. With a European eye, this VW bus looks very much like a T2ab, a hybrid between the early bay window buses (1967-1971, front indicators down, roundish bumper bars and front bumper extending into the step for the front doors) and the late bay window buses (1972-1979, front indicators higher up, rear lights bigger and more rectangular, and air intakes in the back not crescent-shaped anymore). Following this German Wikipedia entry, the T2ab hybrids (or, in German, “Zwitters”) were built between August 71 and July 1972. But the various VW bus generations manufactured by Volkswagen in Brazil and Mexico were built a lot longer (production of the T2 ended only in 2013).  And they mixed different parts from T1, T2a and T2b buses. So I am not sure at all how old this bus may be. Siggi organizes trips to Costa Rica – if you are interested, check out his web site. Thanks for the great photos, Siggi!





Costa Rica Kombi Van

19 09 2013

Here comes another Costa Rica kombi. Looks like a Brazilian bus, a hybrid with the front of the European bay window and side air intake slits in the back as with the older split-window/T1. Bull bar at the front and bike holder at the back. Cool art work on the side. Wedding couple on a trip through South America? Mexican pyramid in the center? The photo was taken in Nuevo Arenal in the Province of Guanacaste. Big thanks to kombi correspondent Siggi for the snapshot!

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Kombi Recycled as Billboard

19 11 2012

Here are some snapshots I received some days ago from a friend who travels through Costa Rica a lot. A full size T2b microbus on stilts, advertising a local used spare parts dealer. The photos were taken earlier this November in the small town of Buenos Aires in Costa Rica, directly on the Carretera Interamericana, or Interamerican Highway. Apparently that is the part of the Panamericana that connects North and South America and runs from Mexico to Panama. One realizes only on second sight that only of the front and right side of the bus are still there, the rest was chopped off. Perhaps a wreck from an accident, re-cycled as advertising billboard? Looks actually like a European or North America late bay, not like the Brazilian ones. Thanks to Siggi for these cool pictures. If you think about travelling Costa Rica and are looking for someone to organize the tour, check out Siggi’s travel blog.