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1958 Volkswagen T1 Deluxe Samba Bus

1958 Volkswagen T1 Deluxe Samba Bus

The first Volkswagen buses were built between 1949 and 1967. Up until 1956 they were primarily manufactured in Wolfsburg, Germany. They then moved production to a new factory in Hanover. German Volkswagen plants ceased production of the Samba Buses in 1967 however, production continued in Brazil through 1975. More commonly known as ‘splitties’, these split-window buses have an all-too familiar split windshield and a large VW emblem on the front.

The 1958 Volkswagen T1 Deluxe Samba Bus had a whopping 23 windows! Considered spacious even by today’s standards, the Samba was 4.8 cubic meters (170 cubic feet) and came in many different options. A new Samba could be purchased as a standard or deluxe, single or double cab, and could be customized with paneling and two-tone paint. The “hippie” culture of the 1960’s brought a surging popularity of the Volkswagen buses in the United States. The capacity for storage, free-spirited attitude of its drivers, and limitless options made it an icon of that generation. Even now it is a collector favorite. Due to the number produced, they are also still affordable to a beginning collector. The 1958 Volkswagen T1 Deluxe Samba Bus now goes for £28000 – £35000 in private sale, and many can be found available online.

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