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VW Panel/Delivery Vans in the USA
Published 18/12/2019 @ 05:03:27, By night cub
The question came up on why there were different names for the Typ 2 panel vans in the USA. So I looked up what the brochures said over at Samba and am putting that answer here so it can be easy to reference.

The van in question was a 1971 featured on Jay Leno's Garage.

"VW never kept the names straight on them. For this one as a 1971, I think it should be "Delivery Van". That's what's in the US brochures for 1970 and 1973 (the closest years over at Samba":

1970: https://www.thesamba.com/vw/archives/lit/70commercials/page11.jpg
1973: https://www.thesamba.com/vw/archives/lit/73panel_sheet.php

Oddly enough, the 1972 brochure doesn't even mention a model name:
1972: https://www.thesamba.com/vw/archives/lit/72panel.php

But the 1968-1969 US Brochures list it as "Panel Delivery":

1969: https://www.thesamba.com/vw/archives/lit/69commercials/page2.jpg
1968: https://www.thesamba.com/vw/archives/lit/68commercials/page3.jpg

1962-1967 just says "Panel":

1967: https://www.thesamba.com/vw/archives/lit/67commercials/page2.jpg
1966: https://www.thesamba.com/vw/archives/lit/66commercials/page2.jpg
1965: https://www.thesamba.com/vw/archives/lit/65commercials/page2.jpg
1964: https://www.thesamba.com/vw/archives/lit/64commercials.php
1963: https://www.thesamba.com/vw/archives/lit/1963commercials/4.jpg
1962: https://www.thesamba.com/vw/archives/lit/62commercials/page3.jpg

1961 calls it "Panel Delivery":

1961: https://www.thesamba.com/vw/archives/lit/61commercials/page3.jpg
1960: https://www.thesamba.com/vw/archives/lit/60trucks/9.jpg
1959: https://www.thesamba.com/vw/archives/lit/59commercials/page6.jpg

1952-1958 was "Delivery Van":

1958: https://www.thesamba.com/vw/archives/lit/1958bus_commercials/2.jpg
1956: https://www.thesamba.com/vw/archives/lit/56commercials_pamphlet/56commercials4.j- pg
1955: https://www.thesamba.com/vw/archives/lit/55bus_small/page5.jpg
1953: https://www.thesamba.com/vw/archives/lit/53bus_booklet/53booklet3.jpg
1952: https://www.thesamba.com/vw/archives/lit/52bug_bus/page12.jpg


And that's just the US brochures, Canada may have had different names.
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