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1961 Volkswagen Transporter

Nothing embodies the go-anywhere spirit of the Volkswagen better than the Volkswagen Microbus.

While visiting the VW factory in 1947, Dutch car importer Ben Pon came up with the idea for the Bus as we know it today, but it wasn't until early 1948 that his concept was presented to the new general director, Heinrich Nordhoff, a couple of months after he took control of the factory from the British. Nordhoff possessed a strong will to make positive changes, 'not in a wild kind of optimism,' as he put it, 'but with the courage to do what has never been tried before, to take - whate the Americans call - a calculated risk.' This is exactly what he did.

Officially launched on November 12, 1949, the Transporter line did not go on sale to the general public until March 1950. The most outstanding attribute of the Bus - other than its creation of a market where there was none before - is its construction. For a commercial vehicle to have both chassis and body welded together was a very advanced idea, especially during a time when the next best thing on the market was the Morris J-Type van and Citroen's Type H van, both oddly shaped and utilitarian at best.

Throughout the '50s and into the '60s most major changes to the Transporter line were cosmetic: the addition of taller bumper overrides for the American-spec models, two brake lights instead of a single center light and - most significantly - in 1959, the 30 hp engine was upgraded to a 44 hp engine, somewhat improving acceleration.

Source - Gooding & Company

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1961 Vehicle Profiles

1961 Volkswagen Transporter vehicle information

DeLuxe Wagon

Chassis Num: 704734

The Volkswagen Station Wagon, or 'bus' as it came to be known, first appeared on American shores in 1950. They had a split-window front screen and many side windows and would quickly gain a following of the flower-power culture and surfers. The most ....[continue reading]

1961 Volkswagen Transporter vehicle information

DeLuxe Wagon

In 1961 (still the T1 or first generation series begun in 1950s) the Typ 2 VW Transporter had a 1192cc motor quoted at 30 horsepower. Of course, the split windshield was part of the package. There's been much debate as to what these vans were actuall....[continue reading]

1961 Volkswagen Transporter vehicle information

Single-Cab Pickup

Chassis Num: 671922

The Volkswagen Dutch importer Ben Pon is credited with the idea for the Type 2. While visiting the factory in Wolfsburg, Germany with the intention of buying Type 1s to import to the Netherlands, he saw an improvised vehicle used to transport goods. ....[continue reading]

1961 Volkswagen Transporter vehicle information

Station Wagon

Chassis Num: 652790

The utilitarian beginnings of the Volkswagen Microbus, introduced in 1950, gave way to an extensive Type 2 lineup included a variant to suit every need from the all-business panel delivery, Kombi and pickup to the Deluxe camper, and the Microbus.....[continue reading]

1961 Volkswagen Transporter vehicle information

Station Wagon

Chassis Num: 761891

In the spring of 1947, Dutch Volkswagen importer Ben Pon created a design for a van inspired in part by the Citroen H van. The design was shown to the home office in Germany, however the popularity of the Type 1 Beetle meant the project was put on ho....[continue reading]

DeLuxe Wagon
Chassis #: 704734 
DeLuxe Wagon
 
Single-Cab Pickup
Chassis #: 671922 
Station Wagon
Chassis #: 652790 
Station Wagon
Chassis #: 761891 


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Volkswagen Monthly Sales Volume

December 2019
27,877
November 2019
29,218
October 2019
28,072
September 2019
26,947
August 2019
35,412
July 2019
31,188
June 2019
31,725
May 2019
35,702
April 2019
31,309
March 2019
37,092
February 2019
25,706
January 2019
23,074
Additional Sales Volume Data


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Price Comparison

1961 Transporter
$3,000-$22,755
1961 Volkswagen Transporter Price Range: $2,000 - $3,000

Model Year Production

#1#2#3Volkswagen
1966Ford (2,212,415)Chevrolet (2,206,639)Volkswagen (1,168,146)1,168,146
1965Chevrolet (2,375,118)Ford (2,170,795)Volkswagen (1,174,687)1,174,687
1964Chevrolet (2,318,619)Ford (1,594,053)Toyota (1,068,321)1,034,797
1963Chevrolet (2,237,201)Ford (1,525,404)Fiat (957,941)891,521
1962Chevrolet (2,061,677)Ford (1,476,031)Fiat (957,941)925,747
1961Ford (1,338,790)Chevrolet (1,318,014)Volkswagen (807,488)807,488
1960Chevrolet (1,653,168)Ford (1,439,370)Toyota (1,068,321)725,939
1959Chevrolet (1,462,140)Ford (1,450,953)Volkswagen (575,407)575,407
1958Chevrolet (1,142,460)Ford (987,945)Volkswagen (451,526)451,526
1957Ford (1,676,449)Chevrolet (1,505,910)Plymouth (726,009)380,561
1956Chevrolet (1,567,117)Ford (1,408,478)Buick (572,024)333,190

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