White 100% cotton V neck t-shirt featuring the VW 'Samba' micro bus
£19.99 Size Guide
This was the top-of-the-range model in the 1950s VW Transporter range. Originally used as a tourist bus, particularly in the Alps, its additional 8 roof panoramic windows and canvas roof made the most of sightseeing. Our garment is silk screen printed in three colours on a quality Fruit of the Loom white V-neck T-shirt. Ladies version also available.
- In the 1950s and early 1960s this type of van, in its basic form, served as a work horse all around the world. The T1 split screen design gave way to the T2 ‘Early Bay’ in 1967
- Standard Samba ‘vans’ were painted in two colours, the upper part was often white however we’ve always liked the Sealing Wax Red (paint code L53) and the Chestnut Brown (paint code L73) combination as featured on our garment
- The Samba bus also had a "hat" at the front of the van roofline to help block the sun for the driver. The van had chrome tables and a more comprehensive dashboard than the standard T1.
- US sales of the Transporter commercial range stopped abruptly in 1964. France and Germany (west) had been charging a tax on imported US chicken products in a bid to protect their farmers from cheap US imported chicken products
- Additionally some accused US farmers of artificially feeding additives to gain a commercial advantage. In response President Johnson introduced a direct 25% tax that became known as ‘Chicken Tax’ on potato starch, dextrin, brandy and imported light trucks.
- Its amazing the 'Chicken Tax' tariff is still in force to this day!