Volkswagen Splitscreen Bus Parts


The first generation of the Volkswagen Type 2 with the split windscreen informally called the Microbus, Splitscreen, or Splittie among modern fans, was produced from 8 March 1950 through the end of the 1967 model year. Like the Beetle, the first Transporters used the 1100 Volkswagen air cooled engine mounted in the rear. This was upgraded to the 1200 in 1953. A higher compression ratio became standard in 1955; while an unusual early version of the 40 BHP engine debuted exclusively on the Type 2 in 1959.  The early versions of the T1 until 1955 were often called the T1a or 'Barndoor', owing to the enormous rear engine cover, while the later versions with a slightly modified body (the roofline above the windshield is extended), smaller engine bay, and 15' road wheels instead of the original 16' ones were called the T1b. From the 1964 model year, when the rear door was made wider (same as on the T2), the vehicle was referred to as the T1c.

German production stopped after the 1967 model year. Among enthusiasts, it is common to refer to the different models by the number of their windows. The basic Kombi or Bus is the 11-window (a.k.a. three-window bus because of three side windows) with a split windshield, two front cabin door windows, six rear side windows, and one rear window. The deluxe model featured eight rear side windows and two rear corner windows, making it the 15-window. Meanwhile, the sunroof deluxe with its additional eight small skylight windows is, accordingly, the 23-window. From the 1964 model year, with its wider rear door, the rear corner windows were discontinued, making the latter two the 13-window and 21-window respectively. The 23- and later 21-window variants are usually described as Sambas.

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