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RealRides of WNY - 1973 Type 2

May 3, 2022

RealRides of WNY - 1973 Type 2


Doing a little research on the 1973 Volkswagen Type 2 like this one, which we saw last summer at the Taste of Clarence Car Show held in the Town Place Park in Clarence, I couldn’t help but notice how many different names the old VW bus went by. A website called TheSamba.com is a repository for all types of old VW literature, including brochures. Here’s what the bus was called in a few other countries:

  • One German catalog called it Der VW-Transporter, while another called it Der VW-Bus.
  • The French Type 2 brochure was titled Le Car VW.
  • In the UK it was the VW Microbus.
  • Perhaps the Dutch had the most fun-sounding name, calling it De VW-bedrijfswagen. (Google translator converted that to “commercial vehicle.”)
  • The U.S. brochure was still going with VW Station Wagon.

Whatever you want to call it, it’s hard not to smile when you come across one these days… no matter how old you might be!

Jim Corbran, RRofWNY

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