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VW bus : the first 50 years, 1949-1999
Seume, Keith.
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Publication Information:
Osceola, WI : MBI Pub. Co., 1999.
Physical Description:
132 pages : illustrations ; 27 cm
General Note:
Includes index.
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Is there any job that the VW bus hasn''t done? Fire engine, ambulance, snow-plough, mobile home, shop, cement mixer, school bus. The list is endless and although critics call it ugly, many owners and fans know different.'

Author Notes

Keith Seume, founding editor of Volks World magazine, is the best-selling author of several Volkswagen books. He regularly contributes to Hot VWs magazine in the United States, Super VW in France, and Street VWs in Japan, and is recognized as one of the world's leading authorities on air-cooled Volkswagens. Over the years Mr. Seume has owned some 35 Volkswagens, including a variety of Transporters. He lives in Hampshire, England, with his wife Gwynn, Sebby the cat, and, he says, a few too many cars.

Table of Contents

Introductionp. 6
Creating the Legendp. 8
From prototype to world-beater
A Most Versatile Machinep. 22
The first-generation special-bodied models
At Your Servicep. 34
The Transporter in the role of life-saver
The Second Generationp. 44
The arrival of the Bay-window bus
Special Treatmentp. 50
The new model is put to many uses
Emergency!p. 54
Bay-windows to the rescue!
Three's Companyp. 58
The third generation makes its entrance
Something Specialp. 64
Some unusual Type 25s
Fire! Police! Ambulance!p. 68
Third-generation emergency vehicles
Continuing the Traditionp. 72
Looking at the LTs, T4s and beyond
Carry on Campingp. 78
The world's best-loved home from home
Custom Creationsp. 88
Some people are never satisfied!
Transporter Publicityp. 98
Promoting the Volkswagen Transporter
Buses Abroadp. 110
The Transporter at work, rest and play
EPIC Adventuresp. 126
Transporters take on the world
Indexp. 132