1971 Volkswagen Transporter

The Volkswagen Bus went by many names; it was officially known as the Volkswagen Type 2 and depending on the body type, either as a Transporter, Kombi or Microbus. It was also informally known as the Bus in the United States and Camper in the United Kingdom. Introduced in 1950 as Volkswagen's second car model, it was derived from their first, the Beetle, which was designated the Type 1. The second-generation Type 2 lost its distinctive split front windscreen and was slightly larger and considerably heavier than its predecessor. Its common nickname is 'Bay-window' or Bay for short. They brought greater visibility, safety and reliability. They also increased the level of comfort and refinement. Features included a 1,600cc dual port motor, four-speed manual transmission and front disc brakes. Interior amenities often included tables, seats, sink, icebox, closet, curtains and cabinets. A pop-up top added additional sleeping quarters and room to stand comfortably.

The First Generation Type 2 had a swing axle rear suspension setup and transfer boxes used to raise ride height. The Second Generation Type 2 featured half-shafts with constant velocity joints.

Brazil had the last factory in the world that produced the T2, and production in Brazil ceased on December 31st of 2013.

The early 1970s Volkswagen Transporters received safety updates including amber side safety lights in oblong shape, and were positioned farther forward. The horizontally opposed, overhead-valve, air-cooled four-cylinder engine displaced 96.7 cubic-inches and offered 60 horsepower.

by Daniel Vaughan | Oct 2017

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Chassis Num: 2312262094

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Chassis #: 2312262094 

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1971 Transporter
1971 Volkswagen Transporter Price Range: $2,720 - $3,440

$1,840 - $2,750
$2,450 - $2,570

Model Year Production

1976Chevrolet (2,103,862)Toyota (1,884,260)Ford (1,861,537)1,061,940
1975Chevrolet (1,755,773)Toyota (1,714,836)Ford (1,569,608)268,751
1974Chevrolet (2,333,839)Ford (2,179,791)Renault (1,355,799)955,355
1973Chevrolet (2,579,509)Ford (2,349,815)Fiat (1,390,251)1,128,784
1972Chevrolet (2,420,564)Ford (2,246,563)Fiat (1,368,216)1,128,784
1971Ford (2,054,351)Chevrolet (1,830,319)Volkswagen (1,128,784)1,128,784
1970Ford (2,096,184)Chevrolet (1,451,305)Volkswagen (1,193,853)1,193,853
1969Chevrolet (2,092,947)Ford (1,826,777)Volkswagen (1,241,580)1,241,580
1968Chevrolet (2,139,290)Ford (1,753,334)Volkswagen (1,191,854)1,191,854
1967Chevrolet (2,206,639)Ford (1,730,224)Toyota (1,068,321)921,013
1966Ford (2,212,415)Chevrolet (2,206,639)Volkswagen (1,168,146)1,168,146

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