by Mark Nobes, chief editor

This page is dedicated to the original VW Type 2, the most recognised and best-loved panel van on the entire planet. There are many variants, and depending on the body type, the Type 2 can be called the Kombi, Microbus, Transporter, Samba Bus, Pick-up Truck or Panel Van.
Here in the UK we often refer to the Type 2 as a camper van, in the U.S. they call it a bus. Whatever you want to call it, you will find a huge selection of pictures featuring the original T1 (split screen) and T2 models.
1968 Volkswagen Type 2 (T2) Hard-Top Westfalia
The Type 2 was initially just a transporter van, but quickly became a symbol of peace, freedom and fun. The various models have gained affectionate nicknames over the years, such as the breadloaf, bay camper and splitty. What really set the VW apart from other transporter vans was the rear, air-cooled engine and its vertical front, although other vehicle manufacturers would soon copy the idea during the 1960s.


1970 VW Camper
Westfalia interior of a Type 2. Photo by ArronX ( [CC BY 2.0], via Wikimedia Commons
In the early days, people started to modify the interiors of their vans so they could enjoy weekend camping trips in comfort. They would add extra seats, beds and even sinks! Companies such as Westfalia and Danbury saw a gap in the market, and offered their services to build professional quality interiors, some of which featured extra windows and a push-up roof. The Type 2 had now become a luxurious camper van for many.
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Type 2 Splitty with Westfalia modification. Photo by CZmarlin — Christopher Ziemnowicz, releases all rights but a photo credit would be appreciated if this image is used anywhere other than Wikipedia. Please leave a note at Wikipedia here. Thank you! (Own work) [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons
With its distinctive split screen, the original T1 remains the ultimate choice for most enthusiasts, and was originally built between 1950 and 1967. For the T2, the distinctive split front windshield disappeared, and the vehicle became heavier, although slightly larger than its predecessor. These models were built between 1967 and 1969.
The main competitors to the Type 2 in the United States during the 1960s were the Dodge A100, Ford Econoline and the Chevrolet Corvair 95 Corvan.
All of the pictures on this page are either in the public domain (completely free to share) or Creative Commons - please respect the licenses for the Creative Commons images which usually require you to attribute the author and link back to the source.
VW Type 2 Camper (T2) at the beach

Gorgeous public domain photo of a camper van at the beach

VW Camper Van - Flickr - john.purvis
By john.purvis (VW Camper Van) [CC BY 2.0], via Wikimedia Commons

The Type 2 is perfect for taking your friends surfing at the weekends.

0385 Porsche Diesel Bus blau
Blue and white T2 VW panel van by Raizy (Own work) [GFDL, CC-BY-SA-3.0 or CC BY-SA 2.5-2.0-1.0], via Wikimedia Commons

I adore the deep and rich blue colour which contrasts well against the white - cool van!

VW Type 2 Van (1487648958)
By dave_7 from Lethbridge, Canada (VW Type 2 Van) [CC BY-SA 2.0], via Wikimedia Commons

Modified camper

VW Type2 split screen ambulance from late 1970's
Late 1970s Volkswagen Type 2 Ambulance by User Ermel on en.wikipedia (Photographed by Erik Meltzer in 2000.) [GFDL or CC-BY-SA-3.0], via Wikimedia Commons


VW Type 2 split screen

A lovely capture of a blue Type 2 - public domain image from Flickr.

VW Type 2 Camper Van (T1 split screen)

Public domain image of a Type 2 (T1 split screen) camper.

Be Your Own Goddess art bus (1967 VW Kombi)

Be Your Own Goddess art bus (1967 VW Kombi). Enhanced public domain image.

1964 VW Type 2 Panel Van green

Cropped and enhanced public domain photo of a 1964 green T2 at Dyck Castle, Germany

Modified Purple VW Type 2 Panel Van

A very cool, modified purple split screen panel van - public domain image

Orange VW Type 2 Flower Power Camper

Public domain - Orange flower power Type 2 Camper

VW Type 2 Kombi (T1 split screen) in Canada.

This is a public domain photo which we enhanced to improve the contrast. 1966 Kombi Bus pictured at St. Jean Baptiste Classic Car Show in Quebec, Canada. 

VW Type 2 Samba Bus T1 split screen

VW split screen samba bus

The most luxurious version of the split-screen (T1) models was the Samba, which was also amed the Sunrood Deluxe in the U.S. The first models were built in 1951. The Samba featured two pivot doors, rather than sliding doors at the side. They were painted in two colours as standard, with the upper section usually being white. A decorative strip was also added to separate the two colours.
VW Type-2

A rusty, old T2. Creative Commons image from Flickr

VW Type 2 Pick-Up Truck
By Hge ( [CC BY 3.0], via Wikimedia Commons

This 1961 Type 2 pick-up truck is owned by an electrician in Tuscany, Italy.

Volkswagen Typ 2 late split screen version April 1966
By Charles01 (Own work) [GFDL or CC BY-SA 3.0], via Wikimedia Commons

A blue and white T2 camper with classic split windsreen

1954 Volkswagen Barndoor Single Cab
By Cullen328 (Own work) [CC BY-SA 3.0], via Wikimedia Commons

1954 Type II pick-up with canopy

VW Bus T1 in Hippie Colors
By Marshall Astor from San Pedro, United States (Hippie VW 2) [CC BY-SA 2.0], via Wikimedia Commons
During the 1960s, the Type 2 became hugely popular with hippies who would adorn them with colourful artwork including flowers, psychedelic patterns and Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament (CND) peace symbols. The Type 2 remains a popular choice with hippies even today.
1974 Volkswagen Type 2

An unusual colour, and certainly distinctive! This is a Creative Commons photo from Flickr

1973–1980 Volkswagen Kombi (T2) van. Photographed in Killara, New South Wales, Australia.

Public domain photo of 1973–1980 Volkswagen Kombi (T2) van. Photographed in Killara, New South Wales, Australia.

1970 and 1974 Volkswagen Kombi (T2) vans.

1970 and 1974 Volkswagen Kombi (T2) vans. Public domain image.

1979 VW Type 2 silverfish limited edition model

1979 VW Transporter Type 2, Silverfish Edition. This was a limited edition model which marked the final production of the T2 in Europe.

North American 1977 Volkswagen Kombi Westfalia

A spotty North American 1977 Volkswagen Kombi Westfalia. Public domain image.

Volkswagen Kombi Westfalia (North America)

Public domain photo of a Volkswagen Type 2 (T2) Kombi Westfalia (North America)

White VW Type 2 (T2) camper

A lovely public domain picture of a VW Type 2 (T2) camper in white

VW Type 2 (camper)
By RobertG (Cropped from a photograph by the author) [GFDL, CC-BY-SA-3.0 or CC BY-SA 2.5-2.0-1.0], via Wikimedia Commons

A 1974/75 Volkswagen T2 camper, shown at "Classic Cars for Father's Day" at Brodsworth Hall, near Doncaster.

VW Type 2 Doka red and white

Volkswagen Type 2 Doka (pick-up) in red and white.

By radiobread (vw bus) [CC BY-SA 2.0], via Wikimedia Commons

VW Type2 T1c Kombi
By User Ermel on en.wikipedia (Photographed by Erik Meltzer in 2000.) [GFDL or CC-BY-SA-3.0], via Wikimedia Commons

1966 VW Kombi. White wheel caps of and orange curtains are not original.

VW Splitscreen camper (27303903332)
By Thomas's Pics (VW Splitscreen camper) [CC BY 2.0], via Wikimedia Commons

This pic was taken at the Nelson and Colne College Pageant Of Power Event May 29th 2016. A really distinctive paint job - love it!

Broke-down Truck in Sarajevo 2009
By MichaelBueker (Own work) [CC BY-SA 3.0], via Wikimedia Commons

This abandoned Volkswagen light truck type 2a (at a factory premises in Sarajevo) is in need of some TLC.

Flowery VW Camper - - 1356794

Deep blue, flower power camper (T2)