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1951 Volkswagen Samba-Bus, a van with skylight windows and cloth sunroof, first generation only, also known as a Deluxe Microbus. They were marketed for touring the Alps.

The first generation of the VW Type 2 with the split windshield, called the Microbus or Splittie among modern fans, was produced from March 8, 1950 through the end of the 1967 model year. From 1950 to 1956, the T1 was built in Wolfsburg. Like the Beetle, the first Transporters used the Volkswagen air cooled engine, an 1131 cc, 25 bhp (19 kW), air-cooled four-cylinder boxer engine mounted in the rear.

The sunroof deluxe with its additional eight small skylight windows is the 23-window.

Good Guys Del Mar Nationals, April 2011

Nikon D40, Nikkor 18-55 at 18, Auto, Aperture priority

I posted 600 unedited shots from this show on Picassa…bubble mail me if you want the link!

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“Old” Photographer with a hot rod heart and photomanipulation passion. Preserving Classic and Hot Rod history making art that I hope you will enjoy. Thanks for looking!

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  • Steve Mezardjian
    Steve Mezardjianover 3 years ago

    Wow Bill, this could have easily made it in the magazines as an advertisment for VW!
    Great treatment!

  • Ya, except for the reflection of the entire red hat society across the nose! I decided to leave ’em! LOL Thanks Steve, this is an absolute beauty!

    – WildBillPho

  • henuly1
    henuly1over 3 years ago

    beautiful colors,very sharp,good lighting,composition and nice background=WONDERFUL PHOTO!!!

  • Thanks very much Henri! Had to show off those windows!

    – WildBillPho

  • Charuhas  Images
    Charuhas Imagesover 3 years ago

    Great work!

  • Thank you very much! I’m glad you enjoyed this work!

    – WildBillPho

  • maggie326
    maggie326over 3 years ago

    Awesome work great treatment

  • Thank you Maggie! Much appreciated!

    – WildBillPho

  • barkeypf
    barkeypfover 3 years ago

    I don’t think this has enough power to climb the Alps. But you should be on cloud 9 for submitting such a fine photo.

  • LOL! Thanks Paul! It was a challenging edit, had fun for a couple of hours!

    – WildBillPho

  • Christine Clarke
    Christine Clarkeover 3 years ago

    Every baby-boomer’s dream in the 60’s and 70’s! Love the background, placing it on a mountain top amongst the clouds.

  • Thanks a million Christine! I should have used an Alps shot in the background!

    – WildBillPho

  • JohnDSmith
    JohnDSmithover 3 years ago

    Whoa!,..Bill,…that sky background looks great with this image,….
    The old bus looks new,…amazing,..

  • Glad you like this one John! I was thinking about your sky shots when I did this one! Seemed a natural for the windows…

    – WildBillPho

  • Steven  Agius
    Steven Agiusover 3 years ago

    One clean very clean VW thats fantastic to see, your post work is awesome mate well done.

  • Thanks very much mate! Had a couple of hours fun cutting it out too!

    – WildBillPho

  • Warren  Patten
    Warren Pattenover 3 years ago

    Im on my 10th VW,,beautiful capture & bus..cheers Bill.

  • Wow, 10! My uncle had a couple when I was a kid, one a camper. I still recall riding around in the back of them. Cool wheels, but not back then…LOL
    Thanks for your kind comments!

    – WildBillPho

  • Hugh Fathers
    Hugh Fathersover 3 years ago

    Lovely!! . . .

  • Thanks Hugh! Much appreciated!

    – WildBillPho

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