As readily recognizable as the immortal Volkswagen Beetle itself, the VW Type 2 and its derivatives enjoyed an even longer period in production than their progenitor. The original was conceived in the late 1940s by a Dutch Volkswagen agent, Den Pon, who drew up plans for a van based on the Beetle floorpan and running gear.
Known as the Volkswagen Type 2 (the Beetle being Type 1), the result of Pon’s efforts arrived in 1950 and almost immediately proliferated into a bewildering variety of models catering to an enormous range of commercial and domestic activities.
Perhaps the most iconic variant was the 21-Window Samba bus, as its skylight windows and Golde sunroof became design hallmarks of the model. The example offered here is recently out of a comprehensive four-year restoration and has lived in the state of Washington most of its life.