VW Type 2 Bay Body Parts & Trim

A Short History Of The VW Type 2 'Bay Window' (cont.)

Foreign Built Bays CKD Bays – Completely Knocked Down Kits Following on from the success of the Beetle, VW had the perfect opportunity to launch the Bay window into developing markets, however a lot of these countries had laws in place making the import of luxury items, such as cars and vans prohibitively expensive.

VW had an answer for this in the form of CKD vehicles. Basically this consisted of a giant Airfix kit, the vehicles being supplied in kit form, grouped into various modular parts, ready for easy assembly upon arrival. The vehicles were all packed in easily transportable packing cases. CKD vehicles were only available as basic models, such as Kombi’s, Pick-ups and Panel Vans, the luxury transporters were deemed to complex to assemble.

The kits were assembled at specially commissioned plants in the following countries; Indonesia, Thailand, Philipines, Malaysia, Pakistan, Peru, Sri Lanka, Finland, Senegal, Turkey, Egypt, Ecuador, Mexico, Ghana and Kenya. Production of Type 2’s in Brazil had commenced on the 2nd of September 1957, at VW do Brazil’s plant in Sao Bernardo do Campo, just outside Sao Paulo. CKD Splitscreen kits had been produced in the factory since 1953. Around half the parts necessary for production had been being made locally or by VWB anyway, so it was a small step to move total production over. Brazilian built buses were not only sold in the home market, but also South and Central America as well. Split window buses were produced in Brazil up until 1975, when VWB began production of the bus using T1 and T2 parts.

Whilst from the front the buses looked nigh on identical to their German cousins, the bus from the B pillars back bore more resemblance to the Split, with the Kombi having a 15 window split type rear end with narrow tailgate, and corner windows, along with late spec Bay rear lights, a right mixed bag. The trend was continued for the panel van, featuring double opening cargo doors, rather than the sliding door we’d become accustomed to on the European Bay.

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