After a glorious 63 year run, the iconic VW camper van that was synonymous with camping for many a Brit family, was announced that its production would come to a halt. The news were delivered in the month of September of 2013.
As of December 31st (2013) the last VW camper van rolled out of production in its then only remaining VW factory that made Camper vans in Brazil. Since the Camper’s launch in 1950 and branded the Type 2 transporter, it’s on record that well over 12 million campers have been sold worldwide.
Its popularity in the UK caught on due to the car’s reliability, ease of maintenance and its instantaneous loyal fan base which led to the camper van earning the nickname “Kombi” which is a German Contraction “Kombinationsfahrzeug” that translates to; Cargo passenger vehicle.
VW Camper Vans Aspects
A sizeable number of British as well as worldwide enthusiasts suggest that to keep your camper van working properly for many years, its best that you make sure that the van isn’t driven over 50mph and allow it to rest every few hours after a long drive.
These are suggestions given out to the lucky lot of people in possession of a camper van and want the van to last for another 60+ years. Below we discuss a few aspects that made transporters (Camper van) popular in the United Kingdom…
Splitties: These are camper vans known as so due to the vertical strut installed down at the middle of the windscreen. The Splitties were the first models that were built in 1950 all the way to 1967. These are the first generation of the camper van
Bays: Vee-dubs as they are popularly acknowledged as, dispense with a split windscreen and are recognized as the bay window version camper van. This is the second generation whose production began in 1967 and ceased in 1979.
Bricks/Wedges: Their production was introduced in 1979 and they had a squarer look. They became the third camper van generation. More and more models were introduced to the camper van enthusiasts after the production for this particular model’s production shifted base from Germany to its South African manufacturing firm and finally in Brazil.
Unfortunately, Brazil manufacturing plant failed to meet new health and safety regulations which led to the end of production of the glorious camper van.
This is the era that the United Kingdom truly embraced the camper van’s versatility and affordability. Many British families as well as hippies adopt the camper van as an ideal means of transportation for everyday use and camping purposes.
Any individual that wanted to lead an alternative lifestyle on a budget, the camper van which earned the nickname Vee-dub accorded owners the perfect space for living in, working in and playing in. Many a party and babies were created in this Volkswagen model during the 60s.
There is an annual BusFest that premiers at the Malvern Showground in Worcestershire which draws well over twenty five thousand Kombi owners derived from different countries. The festival is usually filled by owners that come from three generation of Kombi enthusiasts.
Well over four thousand attendees show up in their camper vans and spend the entire weekend on site. The 60s is the decade that the English fell in love with the camper van and ever since the Volkswagen camper van has become synonymous with many British car owners and lovers.