Tag: Westfalia

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25 Years of the VW California

VW are celebrating 25 years of the VW California this weekend at the Techno Classica exhibition in Essen.  Over 100,000 Californias have been produced since 1988 and are still going strong. While it’s absolutely right that VW exploit the heritage of their VW-based camper vans I think there’s a bit of editorial licence involved.  In actual fact, it was Westfalia who first used the … Read More 25 Years of the VW California

60 Years of the VW Camper Van: Part 2 – Coming of Age

In my previous post charting the history of VW camper vans I described how the T1 Splitscreen camper van was born from humble beginnings but rapidly found a market among campers the world over.  During the period 1950-67 Westfalia alone produced 25,000 camper vans with Devon, Danbury, Sun-Dial and others producing their own versions. A new model – the T2 with its distinctive Bay … Read More 60 Years of the VW Camper Van: Part 2 – Coming of Age

60 Years of the VW Camper Van: Part 1 – The birth of an icon

The VW camper van is one of the most iconic vehicles ever produced.  Few other vehicles have the ability to turn heads and conjure a spirit of freedom, adventure and open roads. This is the first of a three-part series providing you with a potted history of the VW camper van, told both in text but particularly through the imagery created by VW’s own advertising over … Read More 60 Years of the VW Camper Van: Part 1 – The birth of an icon