In certain crowds, mention of the Volkswagen Type 2 results in fond memories of a wild, but lost, youth.
To others, dropping “Type 2” in casual conversation results in nothing but blank stares. Call it a VW Microbus, though, and people know in an instant exactly what you’re talking about. Whatever it’s known as, there’s no denying VW created an icon that played a part in defining an entire generation in the 1960s.
Introduced in 1950, the panel van was Volkswagen’s second model. (Thus Type 2. The Beetle, of course, was Type 1.)
Although the Microbus hasn’t been available in the U.S. in decades, it never has ended production. That’s right, in some places, it’s still possible to take home a brand-new VW Type 2. Could it re-enter the U.S. market?