Volkswagen Campervan Type 2 Cumulus White & Blue (Merchandise)

The Type 2 modelled was originally registered in Arizona, USA, and owned for many years by mechanic and Bonneville record holder Steve Hobbs.

After a prolonged period in dry storage it was recommissioned by VW Type 2 specialist Douglas Denlinger, of Transporter Restorations, Arizona, who found it to be amazingly original, very solid and totally undamaged.

Although it was later resprayed in the USA. It was imported into the UK in 2005 by enthusiast Will McLaughlin who nicknamed it 'Sandy' because it was still full of Arizona sand, and fitted the camper interior.

Current owner, West Midlands-based Steve Smith, bought it in 2011 and is an active member of the Split Screen Van Club.

The history of the VW Type 2 starts with Dutch dealer Ben Pons, the first agent outside of Germany to sell VWs, who in 1947 drew sketch of a Lieferwagen (light delivery van) that he saw a market for in Holland.VW's engineers worked on the concept and displayed the first vans in 1949. 

Great attention was given to the aerodynamics because of the engine's low power and, using the wind tunnel at the technical University in Braunschweig, engineers lowered the original prototype's drag coefficient of 0.75 to 0.48 by introducing the V-shaped front.

Production commenced in 1950 and other variants such as pick-ups, campers and buses were soon available. The 'split-window' was produced until 1967, by which time 1,477,330 had been made.
The Royal Air Force combined its three aerobatic display teams into one elite group in 1964, dubbed "the Red Arrows."

Both the name and the colour palette were inspired by the Red Pelicans and the Black Arrows, respectively.

The Gnat, the chosen aircraft, had previously been flown by the Yellowjacks. The Red Arrows are renowned for the calibre of their performances, and becoming a pilot with them is a tremendous honour.

RAF pilots must have at least 1,500 flying hours, have served in the front lines, and be rated above average in order to be eligible to apply for selection.

Steve Smith, who currently owns it and is from the West Midlands, purchased it in 2011 and is an active participant in the Split Screen Van Club.

The first dealer outside of Germany to sell VWs, Dutchman Ben Pons, sketched a sketch of a Lieferwagen (light delivery van) in 1947 because he thought there was a demand for it in Holland. This is where the history of the VW Type 2 begins.

The idea was developed by VW engineers, who debuted the first vans in 1949.

Due to the engine's low output, aerodynamics received a lot of attention. By adding the V-shaped front, engineers were able to reduce the initial prototype's drag coefficient from 0.75 to 0.48 utilising the wind tunnel at the Technical University in Braunschweig.

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Release Date: 20/10/22