VW T1 – T6.1
Transporters over the years.
Buying a Volkswagen Transporter?
What are the differences?
Volkswagen has marketed a whole line of Transporters over time. Successfully, because these cars have been on the road for ages, even the first models. These buses are still being converted into camper buses, originally by Westfalia, by hobbyists, and by professionals like us.
What are the differences between all these models exactly?
Volkswagen T1 and T2
Everyone recognizes the iconic T1 and T2 Transporters. These types are often converted into campers and are very popular among VW enthusiasts. The first model was produced from 1950 onwards. The engines of this Volkswagen type 1 proved to be very reliable and can easily reach 250.000 km. The T2 is also called the panorama bus. The windshield of the bus is no longer split into two parts, making the center arrow of the T1 unnecessary. The capacity of these buses was improved to a 1.6 Liter. This model could also be supplied as a camper in a special version, which we think is an excellent choice to use the VW Transporter for!
The T3 has completely changed compared to the T2, both in appearance and technology. From 1980 onwards water-cooled diesel engines were used and from 1983 water-cooled gasoline engines. Because the engines are water cooled, you can drive longer distances with this bus. This is not recommended in a T1 or T2! These engines were still in the back of the bus.
Substantial changes were made from the T4. The engine was placed in the front. This means that the driver is no longer above the axle while driving. This way the T4 drives like what we are used to today. The power of the T4 has gone up a lot due to the 5-cylinder engine. The diesel engines also last up to 500.000 km! For the T4, the “luxury” options such as power steering, disc brakes, ABS, cruise control and air conditioning were removed from the standard equipment. So, pay attention to these extras when purchasing a T4 bus.
The T5 went into production from 2003. From the T5, the Volkswagen bus has become a lot bigger, without deviating far from the T4 in appearance. The interior has been updated again, with aluminium elements. Of course, a technical step has also been made. ABS is standard again, along with other control techniques such as traction control.
The T6 is of course the most modern version of this list of Volkswagen buses. This makes the T6 very comfortably equipped as is. Special features such as fatigue recognition and high-beam assistant make this an extremely safe car. And that while he, together with the Vito, is the most economical bus on the market of this class. We convert T5 and T6 vans into motor homes.
An electrically powered T6 will also be available soon. With an expected action radius of 480 kilometers, you come a long way with these motor homes. And the enormous torque of the electric drive shoots you ahead at the traffic lights. We hope that this version will be developed quickly, because we cannot wait to get started!
We no longer use Volkswagen motorhomes types T1 to T4 for our installation. Although they are beautiful vans for the eye, these vans are a lot more unreliable due to their age. Besides, the price is on the high side. Because these vans are older, this version is not luxuriously equipped. Many kilometers can still be driven with the Volkswagen vans from T5. These campers have also become more luxurious and modern, and they can make many more kilometers. There is also a big difference between the types of vans and the engines. That is why we have selected the best version for you. Read more about that here. All in all, we can ensure your reliable partner on the go!