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Volkswagen Transporter T1 (1950-1967): books - history

A book on the Volkswagen Transporter T1 (1950-1967)? Here are illustrated books on the history and technology of Volkswagen vans.

The Story of the VW Transporter Split-Screen Models 1949-1967

From a simple sketch of a box-shaped delivery vehicle to one of the most recognisable silhouettes in motoring, the first-generation VW Transporter formed the genesis of what was to become the best-selling van in history.
Unveiled in November 1949, the quirky VW Transporter would soon find demand for its services throughout the world, thanks to its cab-forward layout, ingenuity and adaptability.

The initial Panel Van gave rise to a flexible Pick-up, revolutionary Kombi, adventurous camper and an endless catalogue of inspired conversions and variations. There were ambulances, mobile shops, school buses, fire tenders, high-roofed vans, double-cab pick-ups, police vans, mobile milking machines, and so many more.
As Volkswagen survived Second World War turmoil and thrived under the firm focus of director general Heinz Nordhoff, this book charts the progress of the innovative Transporter as its initial weaknesses were improved and eventually perfected to exploit the Beetle-based rear-engined layout.
VW replaced the German-built first Transporter with a second-generation machine in 1967, but manufacturing continued in Brazil until 1975 - where the rear-engined platform itself remained in production until 2013.

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It's no wonder, then, that the first-generation Transporter is so well-loved today, and why its incredible story can be told here in such beautifully-presented and expertly-researched detail.
From the first drawings and prototypes of the late-1940s to the final split-screen Transporters of 1967 and South American derivatives of the 1970s, Volkswagen author Richard Copping guides us through an unmissable volume where each model, all variants and every option of the first-generation Transporter is lavishly accompanied by sumptuous period photography and stunning brochure illustrations.

Author:Richard Copping
Specs:319 pages, 28 x 22 x 2.8 cm / 11 x 8.7 x 1.1 in, hardback
Illustrations:650 b&w and colour photographs
Publisher:Herridge & Sons Ltd (GB, 2022)
Book: The Story of the VW Transporter Split-Screen Models 1949-1967

The Story of the VW Transporter Split-Screen Models 1949-1967

Language: English

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Der Lastesel des Wirtschaftswunders - Die Geschichte des legendären VW-Transporters 1948-1967

Gleich nach dem "Käfer" folgte der zweite große Wurf des Wolfsburger Herstellers VW: Der Transporter "Typ 2/T1", später meist liebevoll knapp "Bulli" genannt. Das Fahrzeugkonzept eines flexibel einsetzbaren Kleinlastwagens mit robustem Boxermotor im Heck passte hervorragend in die Wiederaufbaujahre und das beginnende Wirtschaftswunder.

Kleine und mittlere Unternehmen aller Branchen erledigten ihre Lieferdienste damit, Handwerksbetriebe brachten Menschen und Material an den Ort des Geschehens, Polizei, Feuerwehr und Sanitätsdienste griffen auf ihn zurück. Schließlich wurde das automobile Universalgenie auch als Campingfahrzeug entdeckt.
Zwischen 1950 und 1967 liefen rund 1,8 Millionen Exemplare vom Band.

Mit mehr als 650 historischen Fotos entführt Hans J. Schneider den Leser in die ungeheuer vielseitige Welt des VW-Transporters der ersten Baureihe: Vom Bäckerwagen zum rollenden Verkaufsstand, vom Bergbau zur Bundesbahn, vom Geldtransport zum Blutspendedienst. Auch die Texte dazu lassen eine Ära wieder lebendig werden, die heute jede Menge nostalgischen Charme ausstrahlt.

Eine anhängende Dokumentation befasst sich dann im Detail mit der Technik und enthält Original-Baubeschreibungen, Chassisnummern, Produktionszahlen und Modellpflegemaßnahmen.

Author:Hans J. Schneider
Specs:2012 pages, 26.5 x 22 cm / 10.4 x 8.7 in, hardback
Illustrations:b&w and colour photographsb&w and colour photographs
Publisher:Schneider Media (D, 2012)
Book: Der Lastesel des Wirtschaftswunders - Die Geschichte des legendären VW-Transporters 1948-1967

Der Lastesel des Wirtschaftswunders - Die Geschichte des legendären VW-Transporters 1948-1967

Language: German

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VW Transporter T1 (Schrader Typen Chronik)

Als 1950 mit dem T1 die erste Modellreihe des VW-Bus eingeführt wurde, konnte wohl noch niemand ahnen, welche Legende da geboren worden war. Als Sieben-, Acht- oder Neunsitzer in unterschiedlichster Ausstattung bis hin zum Campingmobil, als Expeditions-, oder Schulbus, als Baustellen-Zubringer oder rollende Studentenbude hat dieses Fahrzeug jede Art von Bewährungsprobe mit Bravour bestanden, in allen Erdteilen, unter allen Klimabedingungen.

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Dieser Band von Alexander F. Storz dokumentiert den zeitgenössischen Auftritt des VW-Bus/Transporters in Werbung und Öffentlichkeit in der Zeit von 1950 bis 1967.

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Author:Alexander F. Storz
Specs:96 pages, 22 x 24 cm / 8.7 x 9 in, hardback
Illustrations:81 b&w and 81 colour photographs
Publisher:Motorbuch Verlag (D, 2017)
Series:Schrader Typen Chronik
Book: VW Transporter T1 (Schrader Typen Chronik)

VW Transporter T1

Language: German

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Original VW Bus - The Restorer's Guide to All Bus, Panel Van and Pick-up Models, 1950-1979

This is a comprehensive guide to the specification of the Split-screens of 1950-67 and the Bay-windows of 1967-79 - the vehicles of the classic era - in the form in which they left the Volkswagen factory.
Much detective work in Germany, the UK and the USA has gone into locating the right vehicles for photography, so that correct details are shown from superb specimens that have been preserved in original condition or restored with close attention to authenticity.

Besides the familiar peoplecarrying versions, relatively scarce derivatives - such as the vans, pick-ups and double-cab pick-ups - are covered too. More than 200 specially commissioned colour photographs of over 25 different vehicles reveal the details that distinguish one model from another. Indispensable for all owners, restorers, buyers and enthusiasts.

Author:Laurence Meredith
Specs:128 pages, 29.5 x 23.5 x 1.7 cm / 11.6 x 9.25 x 0.67 in, hardback
Illustrations:265 colour photographs
Publisher:Herridge & Sons Ltd (GB, 2011)
Series:Original Restorer's Guide
Book: Original VW Bus - The Restorer's Guide to All Bus, Panel Van and Pick-up Models, 1950-1979

Original VW Bus - The Restorer's Guide to All Bus, Panel Van and Pick-up Models, 1950-1979

Language: English

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VW Bus: Der T1 im Detail (1950 - 1967)

Er prägte jahrzehntelang das Strassenbild in Deutschland und kaum ein anderes Fahrzeug ist ein besseres Synonym für die Wirtschaftswunderzeit in der noch jungen Bundesrepublik nach dem Zweiten Weltkrieg: der VW Bus T1.
Heute ist diese Ikone des Automobilbaus rar geworden und selbst Exemplare in schlechtem Erhaltungszustand werden teuer gehandelt.

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David Eccles, VW-Bus-Insider und erfolgreicher Fachbuchautor, beschreibt in seinem akribisch recherchierten, umfassenden Werk über die erste Transporter-Generation von Volkswagen detailliert sämtliche Änderungen, die während der Produktion zwischen 1950 bis 1967 vorgenommen wurden.
Umfangreiche Listen aller angebotenen Sonderausstattungen und Extras sowie umfassende Farblisten helfen jedem, der sich einen überblick über die Modellvielfalt des Kulttransporters verschaffen möchte. Informative Statistiken zu Produktionszahlen - auch in den ausländischen Produktionsstätten - vervollständigen diese Typenmonografie.

Mit diesem Buch können alle Restaurierer und Kaufinteressenten, aber auch Besitzer eines T1 auf einen Blick nachvollziehen, ob sich das betreffende Fahrzeug wirklich im Originalzustand befindet oder ob irgendwann Teile nachgerüstet wurden, die nicht zum Umfang der ursprünglichen Spezifikationen gehören.

Author:David Eccles
Specs:112 pages, 30.5 x 21.5 cm / 12 x 8.5 in, hardback
Illustrations:numerous b&w and colour photographs
Publisher:Heel-Verlag GmbH (D, 2016)
Book: VW Bus: Der T1 im Detail (1950 - 1967)

VW Bus: Der T1 im Detail (1950 - 1967)

Language: German

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VW Transporter and Microbus - Specification Guide 1950-1967

The popularity of the VW Transporter, in particular the early Split Screen models, continues to grow and it has become a cult icon.

This title brings together the complete history of the Split Screen Transporter produced from 1950-1967. Bus enthusiasts world-wide have shared their knowledge in the compilation of this unique publication, which has taken five years to collate.

Contents: Transporter history - Explanation of every vehicle code - Transporter production details - Month-by-month specification changes - Full listing of factory-fitted optional equipment - Comprehensive guide to paint and trim colours - Details of Transporter export and Transporters built outside Germany - Information on Special Models.

Author:David Eccles
Specs:95 pages, 30 x 21 x 0.9 cm / 11.8 x 8.25 x 0.35 in, paperback
Illustrations:400 colour photographs
Publisher:The Crowood Press Ltd (GB, 2004)
Book: VW Transporter and Microbus - Specification Guide 1950-1967

VW Transporter and Microbus - Specification Guide 1950-1967

Language: English

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VW Bus and Pick-Up- Special Models - SO (Sonderausfuhrungen) and Special Body Variants for the VW Transporter 1950-2010

Since its introduction in 1950 the Volkswagen Transporter has become legendary for its versality and adaptability to many commercial uses. Known originally as Sonderausfuhrungen, abbreviated to SO, these Special Models were usually converted by specialists, companies and coachbuilders approved by VW.
Using archive, promotional materials and period and contemporary photographs, this book traces the development and variety of these SO and other Special Body conversions from 1950 - 2010, across the five generations from T1 to T5. As well as all the officially SO-designated models, many rare and unusual conversions are profiled, some with full photo-features.

The models covered include: Airport Buses - Ambulances - Binz Double Cab - Brazilian Body Variants - Broadcast Buses - Cherry Pickers - Disaster Vans - Display and Exhibition Buses - Drinks Delivery Vehicles - Electric Buses - Fire Trucks - Half-Track Alpine Bus - Hearses - Ice Cream Vans - Police Vehicles - Ladder Trucks - Low Loader Pick-Ups - Miesen Ambulance - Military Conversions - Mining Buses - Mobile Shops - Money Transporters - Rail Buses - Refrigerator Vans - Tipper Trucks.

Author:David Eccles, Michael Steinke
Specs:192 pages, 30.5 x 22 x 1.8 cm / 12 x 8.7 x 0.71 in, hardback
Illustrations:700 colour photographs
Publisher:The Crowood Press Ltd (GB, 2011)
Book: VW Bus and Pick-Up- Special Models - SO (Sonderausfuhrungen) and Special Body Variants for the VW Transporter 1950-2010

VW Bus and Pick-Up- Special Models - SO (Sonderausfuhrungen) and Special Body Variants for the VW Transporter 1950-2010

Language: English

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VW Type 2 Transporter - 1949-1967

In this fascinating and engrossing book, VW expert Richard Copping covers the complete history of the first generation VW Transporter or 'Camper'. Beginning with the prototype vehicles produced in 1949, the author covers the development of the innovative but utilitarian Kombi and the more upmarket Micro Bus, followed by the De Luxe Micro Bus, the Ambulance and the Pick-up. He covers the highlights of each vehicle and analyses the success of the range as a whole.

The book covers the revamped model line from 1955, when the success of the VW Transporter called for the building of a whole new factory in Hanover. At this time, due to popular demand, Volkswagen authorised a whole series of coach built variations on the Transporter theme with vehicles as diverse as mobile shops, refrigerated vans and police mobile offices.
The author also covers the revised model introduced in 1963 with its more powerful engine and revised tailgate and rear window as well as the ongoing success of the model in the United States.
By the time German production ended in July 1967, over 1.8 million split-screen, first generation Transporters had been built.

Author:Richard Copping
Specs:96 pages, 23.5 x 16.5 cm / 9.25 x 6.5 in, paperback
Illustrations:100 b&w and colour photographs
Publisher:Amberley Publishing (GB, 2019)
Book: VW Type 2 Transporter - 1949-1967

VW Type 2 Transporter - 1949-1967

Language: English

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Volkswagen Bus (1950-1990) - The Essential Buyer's Guide

Covering three generations of collectable Buses produced by Volkswagen between 1950 and 1990, this volume is unique in providing the full story of the high-points and pitfalls of buying such models.

Written by enthusiasts, the easy readable text is informative to the novice, while still being of considerable value to those who have already owned a Bus.

Author:Richard Copping, Ken Czervenka
Specs:64 pages, 19.5 x 14 cm / 7.7 x 5.5 in, paperback
Illustrations:104 colour photographs
Publisher:Veloce Publishing Ltd (GB, 2006)
Series:The Essential Buyer's Guide
Book: Volkswagen Bus (1950-1990) - The Essential Buyer's Guide

Volkswagen Bus (1950-1990)

Language: English

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VW Bus: Alle Modelle (1950-1990) - Baureihe T1 bis T3 - Praxisratgeber Klassikerkauf

Die eingeführte Ratgeberreihe präsentiert sich wie gewohnt in kompakter Form und als unverzichtbares Hilfsmittel bei der Beurteilung des Zustandes eines zum Verkauf stehenden VW Bus bis Baujahr 1990. Dieses Buch erklärt, worauf man beim Kauf achten muss, um nicht später eine böse Überraschung zu erleben.

Author:Ken Cservenka, Richard Copping
Specs:64 pages, 21 x 15 cm / 8.25 x 5.9 in, paperback
Illustrations:100 colour photographs
Publisher:Heel-Verlag GmbH (D, 2012)
Series:Praxisratgeber Klassikerkauf
Book: VW Bus: Alle Modelle (1950-1990) - Baureihe T1 bis T3 - Praxisratgeber Klassikerkauf

VW Bus: Alle Modelle (1950-1990) - Baureihe T1 bis T3

Language: German

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Related titles:

VW Bulli - VW Transporter T2 seit 1967

VW Bulli- VW Transporter T2 seit 1967

Michael Steinke

German | hardback | 96 p. | 2016

VW Transporter and Microbus Spec Guide 1967-1979

VW Transporter and Microbus Specification Guide 1967-1979 (2nd edition)

Vincent Molenaar, Alexander Prinz

English | paperback | 128 p. | 2013

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