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VW Bay Window Bumpers

History Of The VW Bay Window Transporter (T2)

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 Kombis, Pick-ups and Panel Vans, the luxury transporters were deemed too complex to assemble.

The kits were assembled at specially commissioned plants in the following countries; Indonesia, Thailand, Philippines, 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.

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