Parts of Split Bus & Bay & T25 Volkswagen
Emblematic vehicle of the make, the Combi appeared in 1949. It was the fruit of an idea of Ben Pon, a car seller, who managed to convince Ivan Hirst, the director of Volkswagen in that time, to produce an utility vehicle inspired by the creation of the Volkswagen's workers , the 'Plattenwagen' (small van with platform equipped with the engine and the running gears of the Beetle). Heinz Nordhoff, the new boss of the German make perpetuated the work and launched the Transporter T1, better known under the name of Combi Split (separated flat windscreen). The Combi was based on the same concept as its younger sister, the Beetle, which shared the same engine and many elements. The model rapidly knew a big success and was replaced at the end of 1967 by the T2 or Combi Bay Window (panoramic bulging windscreen). The Transporter never stopped to progress and the T3, or T25, took the helm in 1979. The air engines were definitively frozen out with the arrival of the Transporter T4 in 1990, followed by the Transporter T5 in 2003. On 22th September 2004, the 10 millionth Transporter, result of 5 different generations, left the Volkswagen assembly lines! This utility car, from the transport to the recreational vehicle, was proposed in numerous versions for the pleasure of the biggest number of people, and today of its fans.