Since its introduction in 1950 the Volkswagen Transporter has become legendary for its versality and adaptability to many commercial uses. Known originally as Sonderausfhrungen, abbreviated to SO, these Special Models were usually converted by specialists, companies and coachbuilders approved by VW. Using archive, promotional materials and period and contemporary photographs, this book traces the development and variety of these SO and other Special Body conversions from 1950 - 2010, across the five generations from T1 to T5.
An English teacher for thirty-four years, David Eccles has been passionate about the VW Bus since taking one to India and back in 1976. Since 2000 he has been the Editor of VW Camper and Commercial magazine and he has also authored four previous VW Bus specification and lifestyle books. Michael Steinke has owned twenty-eight different VW Buses of all generations and types of conversions, and driven more than 1.2 million kilometres in them. Interested in the history of the VW Transporter, he began to build up the archives of Classic Volkswagen Transporters in his home town Frankfurt, Germany.