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The Volkswagen Bus Book By Malcolm Bobbitt

The Volkswagen Bus Book by Malcolm Bobbitt

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Presents the story of VW's Transporter, Bus and Camper, since its origins and why it's one of the world's most familiar vehicles.

The Volkswagen Bus Book Summary

The Volkswagen Bus Book by Malcolm Bobbitt

It has been sixty years since the idea of VW's Transporter was conceived by Dutchman Ben Pon after seeing motorized trolleys, known as plattenwagen, conveying components around the British-managed Wolfsburg factory in the mid-1940s. Pon's idea was initially dismissed but reconsidered by Heinz Nordhoff when appointed VW's chief executive in 1948. The Transporter changed little in concept throughout decades of production, and it is a tribute to its original notion that it remains in production in Brazil, nearly six decades after its postwar German debut. This thoroughly researched book explores the VW bus story, from its origins to the present day; the history of this familiar and much-loved vehicle is chronicled in an evocative style. This entirely new edition of the acclaimed book first published in 1997 includes the story of the world's most famous camper and includes full specifications, production details, and buying advice.

The Volkswagen Bus Book Reviews

Wheelspin magazine, May 2007, UK A truly international vehicle, this is the story of VW's timeless classic, the Type 2 Transporter, Bus and Camper. From its origins to the present day, the history of this familiar and much-loved vehicle is chronicled in an evocative and detailed style. Another month and another new book from Veloce Books is released. Being in the market for another Volkswagen to go with our 1303 and Golf GTI a book about Type 2s couldn't have arrived at a better time! Once more Veloce has come up trumps with another great read. Packed with plenty of amazing photos from stock to custom, splittie to wedge, it has everything you need to know about Volkswagen's versatile vehicle.

About Malcolm Bobbitt

Malcolm Bobbitt is the author of more than twenty marque histories and general automotive books, a number of which have appeared as foreign language editions. As contributor to several periodicals and newspapers, his work and photographs have appeared worldwide. A member of the Guild of Motoring Writers, Society of Automotive Historians, and the Society of Authors, Malcolm is acclaimed for his books on Volkswagen, including an earlier VW Bus book published in 1997 by Veloce. Married to Jean, Malcolm s activities include public speaking, classical music, collecting motoring ephemera and getting behind the wheel of his early British-built CitroA n DS.

Table of Contents

Introduction & acknowledgements 1) A Dutch Affair traces the origins of the Transporter and Dutchman Ben Pon s influence on the project 2) Shaping the Transporter getting the vehicle into production 3) Technology & Evolution details the various modifications made to the vehicle range in terms of styling and engineering 4) The Variants looks at the different commercial applications to include pick-up, van and microbus 5) Fifty years plus & traces current production of the classic Type 2 Transporter in Brazil 6) Home from home discusses the Transporter as the ultimate camper and provides information to the diverse number of converters and their products 7) The Type 2 ethos surfing, overland treks, the hippy scene and more 8) Living with a Transporter buying advice in respect of the split-screen Bulli, the Bay window models and the later series; restoration; general maintenance requirements and day-to-day running of a Type 2 model 9) The custom scene comments about customising a Transporter and what needs to be done to ensure a reliable vehicle that meets with safety legislation; a look at the many weird and wonderful custom conversions 10) Setting the trend a brief exposAe of early rivals to the Bulli, and how the Transporter influenced the development of other Appendix 1: Production and sales figures Appendix 2: At-a-glance chronology Appendix 3: Specifications to all models Appendix 4: Clubs Appendix 5: Specialists Appendix 6: Bibliography

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The Volkswagen Bus Book by Malcolm Bobbitt
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Veloce Publishing Ltd
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This is a used book - there is no escaping the fact it has been read by someone else and it will show signs of wear and previous use. Overall we expect it to be in very good condition, but if you are not entirely satisfied please get in touch with us

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