– 1972 VW T2 Westfalia Campmobile
– transition model with low front indicators and large rear lights
– 1.7 litre flat-four cylinder engine with 49 kW (67 hp) of power and manual 4-speed gearbox
– originally delivered to the US, used to run in Oregon
– re-imported to Germany in 2013
– Westfalia equipment including fridge, sink, table, bed and storage space
– typical 1970s chequered pattern upholstery
– quarter vent windows and jalousie side windows
– chromed hubcaps on steel rims and front-mounted spare tyre
– delightful VW Kombi that is bound to get lots of smiles and thumbs up from people
The classic Volkswagen Bus, or Kombi – more precisely the type 2. Germany’s biggest export right after the VW Beetle.
There were two and a half generations of the Kombi. The T2a variant was built from 1967 until 1971, the hybrid model T2a/b until 1972 and the T2b until 1979.
Westfalia had already made itself a name since 1951 with camping equipment for the T1 (the “camping box”). Since Volkswagen listed these variants in their T2 portfolio, Westfalia furnishings were very popular and widespread.
The model range varied over the years. From year 1969 on, the equipment got named after cities in addition to the number designations. From 1972 to 1973, versions for the US market got their names from cities in the United States.
Just a few minutes behind the wheel of a T2 Kombi and you feel again like 30 years ago. Portugal, Ireland, Italy, a rainy birthday with sparklers in the Tuscan hills – how long ago was that?