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VW Camper Vans

The cultural history of Volkswagen Camper Vans started in Germany, in the late 1960s and has changed the vehicle into a retro icon. People want to go travelling in Camper Vans and there is nothing more fashionable and stylish than going in a VW Camper.

Split Screen Camper Van

An original Split Screen VW Camper Van

The VW Transporter (which the VW Camper was based on) pioneered the use of side-loading doors that allowed access from the rear. The 1951 model featured 21 or 23 windows including skylights, a canvas sunroof, paint and chrome trim and full instrument panel including a clock. Factory modified specialty models included 80 different body configurations. The most memorable among them became the camper. Two forward-facing benches were replaced with a single bench that could fold down to a double bed. Two seats that faced rearward and a collapsible dining table between the bench and the seats offered supplementary comfort. Underneath the benches, cabinets and a mirrored closet offered space for storage in the VW Camper Van Interior.

Next to the door, a miniature kitchen including a sink and refrigerator offered possibilities for basic food preperation. Some VW Camper Vans included tents or awnings that could extend the available living space. Roof racks extended the cargo space while High Top Camper Vans offered increased comfort inside the camper.

VW Camper Van Interior

The interior of a pristine example of a VW Camper Van, how comfy does that look?

Towards the end of the 60's, the Split Screen VW Camper Van was produced. A vertical metal window frame holding two flat plates of laminated glass offered the van its distinctive look. The second generation van at the start of the 70's were larger and the distinctive split front windscreen was replaced with one large window which gave it the name of the Bay Window Van. Other improvements included half-shaft axles with constant velocity joints. Bay Window Vans were designed to be slightly quicker and nicer to drive so the engine was upgraded from the 1100cc to the 1600cc giving it a smoother drive on long journeys.

Conversions like Westfalia were more expensive because of the higher spec used,they rise upwards to the rear so that bunk beds could be fitted inside rather than the standard smaller bed. The Devon conversions became the most popular in Britain. Bay Window Vans were built in Germany between 1968 and 1980 and new vans that had a similar shape are still being built.