Late bay insurance
The ‘latebay’ version of the Volkswagen Type 2 (T2b) was introduced in late 1971. Just like its older relation, it was instantly recognisable from the front this time by the squared-off indicators mounted at each end of the front air intake grille, and also by a slightly smaller VW logo.
Both early and late bay models were heavier than the original split-screen T1, resulting in a noticeable lack of grunt. The T2b addressed the problem. Although its engine capacity remained at 1600cc, the redesigned power plant managed to squeeze out an extra 3bhp, taking the total up to 50bhp. The clever designers at VW also left extra space in the engine bay so that a larger 1700cc engine could be fitted. This quickly became a popular option in Europe and provided a healthy jump in power output to 66bhp.
This modification also required a re-design of the engine access arrangements and surrounding panel work and with these changes, the VW Type 2 settled into what seemed to be its final form….then came the T2c.
Production of the late bay Westfalia models ceased in Europe in 1979, but Volkswagen Type2s were produced in Mexico until 1996 and in Argentina between 1981 and 1986. Today Brazil is the home of VW camper production. It was here, and in Mexico, that the T2c was introduced.
The new model, introduced in the early 1990s, featured a slightly raised roof and, from 2006, a 1390cc water-cooled engine, replacing the earlier air-cooled units.
The VW T2 may be irrevocably associated with the ’60s and ’70s, but its appeal endures into the 21st Century. And, to this day, UK-based Danbury Motorcaravans Ltd still supplies brand new T2c VW Campers.