Hippies, this is the forerunner of your beloved Volkswagen Microbus. This model is the Type 2 T1, also called the Transporter. It appeared in 1949. Volkswagen built just a few of these prototypes until limited Microbus production began in 1951. Volkswagen produced the Microbus T1 through 1967 in many different configurations including campers, pickups, panel vans, and the high-line Deluxe.