VW Split Bus Engine 1200-1600cc

Complete Camper Engines

Also available from VW Heritage are the remanufactured SSP engine range. Produced to the same exacting standards as our all new aircooled engines, the remanufactured engine range offer versions not available as a brand new option, and represent fantastic value for money for those building a campervan on a budget. Choose from aircooled single port and twin port VW engines from 1200cc, 1300cc, 1500cc and 1600cc.

Both our brand new SSP engines and the remanufactured SSP aircooled motors are covered by our market leading 2 year warranty.

If you are unsure which engine size you have, you should check the code on your engine crankcase and consult the chart below:

1200SP
D 34BHP
1300SP F 40BHP
1300TP AB 44BHP
1300TP AR* 44BHP
1500SP H 40BHP
1500SP L 40BHP
1600SP B 40BHP
1600TP AD 50BHP
1600TP AE 50BHP
1600TP AF 46BHP
1600TP AH 47BHP
1600TP AJ 50BHP
1600TP AK 47BHP
1600TP AS 50BHP

IMPORTANT: Please check your engine code before ordering, many Buses do not have their original engines, so using your car's production year or log book as a guide is not advisable.

Performance VW Engines

If you are looking for more power our SSP motor range is for you, these include 1641, 1776,1914 & 2007cc. As well as full engines, we also offer all the parts your VW camper van engine could wish for, from heads and cylinders to air filters and tinware. Our huge selection of performance and dress-up parts come from top brands such as Scat, CB Performance, BMD, Bugpack & EMPI.

History Of The VW Splitscreen Transporter (T1)

Upon looking at a split screen bus you’d be hard pushed to believe any consideration had been give to aerodynamics during its conception, however the initial prototypes had achieved very poor drag coefficients, around 0.75. The wind tunnel at the technical University in Braunschweig had been used to refine the shape, and the Cd was reduced to around 0.48 by the introduction of a V-shape to the nose and windscreen area.

Heinz Nordhoff approved the new vehicle for production in 1949, and the first production model left the production line in November of 1949. A total of 8 vehicles were made in 1949, with the split being; 6 panels, 1 Kombi and 1 Microbus. By the end of 1950 production was over 8000 units, rising to nearly 50,000 for the last year of Barndoor production.

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