Volkswagen  - Camper Van (Kombi)

The Volkswagen Type 2 was the second automotive line introduced by Volkswagen. It was a van introduced in 1950, initially based on Volkswagen's first model, the Type 1, also known as the "Beetle" or "Bug". The Type 2 is the forerunner of modern cargo and passenger vans. The idea for the Type 2 is credited to Dutch Volkswagen importer Ben Pon, who drew the first sketches of the van in 1947. Although the aerodynamics of the first prototypes were poor, heavy optimization took place at the wind tunnel of the Technical University of Braunschweig.

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GB (UK) England
VW Campervan-click for a larger picture
VW Campervan 1970
VW Campervan Westfalia - Aggie
Location
Perranporth
County
Cornwall
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Number of persons:4  seats. Sleeps 2 adults, 1 child + 1 under-5Luggage:2 large + 2 small Minimum driver age:25 Gearbox:manual Audio: radio cd
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VW Campervan 1971
VW Campervan Westfalia - Lizard
Location
Perranporth
County
Cornwall
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Number of persons:5  seats. Sleeps 2 adults, 2 children + 1 under-5Luggage:2 large + 2 small Minimum driver age:25 Gearbox:manual Audio:radio mp3
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VW Campervan 1970
VW Campervan Westfalia - Sennen
Location
Perranporth
County
Cornwall
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Number of persons:4  seats. Sleeps 2 adults, 2 children + 1 under-5Luggage:2 large + 2 small Minimum driver age:25 Gearbox:manual Audio:radio mp3 Audio system with iPod connection & USB port
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VW Campervan 1972
VW Campervan
Location
Bolton
County
North Yorkshire
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Number of persons:4 seats. Will sleep two adults and two children in a rock-and-roll bed and two hammocks.Luggage:2 large + 2 small Minimum driver age:25 Gearbox:manual Audio:radio
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VW Campervan 1977
VW Campervan
Location
Richmond
County
North Yorkshire
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Number of persons:6  - driver and 5 passengers or 4 sleeping berthsLuggage:2 large + 2 small Minimum driver age:25 Gearbox:manual
VW Campervan-click for a larger picture
VW Campervan 1973
VW Campervan - Bill
Location
Okehampton
County
Devon
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Number of persons:5 Fitted with 5 seat belts, 3 lap and diagonal and 2 lap belts. Sleeps 4.Luggage:2 large + 2 small Minimum driver age:25  Driver below 25 years of age 5.00 Pounds a day extraGearbox:manual Audio: radio cd
VW Campervan - Deluxe-click for a larger picture
VW Campervan - Deluxe 1972
VW Campervan - Ordell
Location
Okehampton
County
Devon
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Number of persons:5 Fitted with 5 seat belts, 3 lap and diagonal and 2 lap belts. Sleeps 4.Luggage:2 large + 2 small Minimum driver age:25  Driver below 25 years of age 5.00 Pounds a day extraGearbox:manual Audio: radio cd
VW Campervan - Splitscreen-click for a larger picture
VW Campervan - Splitscreen 1967
VW Campervan - Kissinger
Location
Okehampton
County
Devon
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Number of persons:3 Fitted with 3 seat belts, 2 lap and diagonal and 1 lap belt. Sleeps 2.Luggage:2 large + 2 small Minimum driver age:25  Driver below 25 years of age 5.00 Pounds a day extraGearbox:manual Audio: radio cd
VW Campervan - Westfalia-click for a larger picture
VW Campervan - Westfalia 1972
VW Campervan - Uma
Location
Okehampton
County
Devon
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Number of persons:5 Fitted with 5 seat belts, 4 lap and diagonal and 1 lap belt. Sleeps 2 adults plus 2 small children or one large teenager. Luggage:2 large + 2 small Minimum driver age:25  Driver below 25 years of age 5.00 Pounds a day extraGearbox:manual Audio: radio cd
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VW Campervan 2006
VW Campervan - Betty
Location
Biggleswade
County
Bedfordshire
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Number of persons:4 Seats 4, beds for 4Luggage:2 large + 2 small Minimum driver age:25 Gearbox:manual Audio: radio cd
VW Campervan-click for a larger picture
VW Campervan 2006
VW Campervan - Pearl
Location
Biggleswade
County
Bedfordshire
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Number of persons:4 Seats 4, beds for 4Luggage:2 large + 2 small Minimum driver age:25 Gearbox:manual Audio: radio cd
VW Campervan-click for a larger picture
VW Campervan 2006
VW Campervan - Elsie
Location
Biggleswade
County
Bedfordshire
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Number of persons:5 Seats 5, beds for 4Luggage:2 large + 2 small Minimum driver age:25 Gearbox:manual Audio: radio cd
VW Campervan-click for a larger picture
VW Campervan 2006
VW Campervan - Matilda
Location
Biggleswade
County
Bedfordshire
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Number of persons:4 Seats 4, beds for 4Luggage:2 large + 2 small Minimum driver age:25 Gearbox:manual Audio: radio cd
GB (UK) Scotland
VW Campervan-click for a larger picture
VW Campervan 1976
VW Campervan
Location
Dollar near Edinburgh
County
Clackmannanshire, Scotland
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Number of persons:4 Luggage:2 large + 2 small Minimum driver age:25 Gearbox:manual Audio:radio
VW Campervan-click for a larger picture
VW Campervan 1980s
VW Devon Campervan
Location
Glenisla by Blairgowrie
County
Perthshire, Scotland
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Number of persons:4 Luggage:2 large + 2 small Minimum driver age:25 Gearbox:manual Audio: radio cd
VW Campervan-click for a larger picture
VW Campervan 1974
VW Campervan Westfalia - Dougal
Location
Irvine 25 miles southwest of Glasgow
County
Scotland
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Number of persons:6 seats plus a full size rock and roll bed downstairs and the famous Viking Space Master pop up top, which sleeps 4 upstairsLuggage:2 large + 2 small Minimum driver age:25 Gearbox:manual Audio:radio mp3 DVD player with selection of DVDs, board games, cards, rounders set, outdoor table and chairs
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VW Campervan 1972
VW Campervan T2 Dormobile - Florence
Location
Irvine 25 miles southwest of Glasgow
County
Scotland
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Number of persons:4 4 Seats plus 3 quarter rock and roll bed, and 2 stretcher bunks overheadLuggage:2 large + 2 small Minimum driver age:25 Gearbox:manual Audio:radio mp3 DVD player with selection of DVDs, board games, cards, rounders set, outdoor table and chairs
VW Campervan-click for a larger picture
VW Campervan 1979
VW Campervan T2 Moonraker - Dylan
Location
Irvine 25 miles southwest of Glasgow
County
Scotland
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Number of persons:4 seats plus a 3 quarter rock and roll bed, and an oversized pop top double bed.Luggage:2 large + 2 small Minimum driver age:25 Gearbox:manual Audio:radio mp3 DVD player with selection of DVDs, board games, cards, rounders set, outdoor table and chairs
Germany
VW Kombi-click for a larger picture
VW Kombi 1976
VW Kombi Bus T2 Westfalia
Location
Berlin
County
Germany
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Number of persons:4 Luggage: 2 large + 2 small Minimum driver age:25 Gearbox:manual Audio:radio
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VW Bus 1979
VW T2 Fenster-Bus
Location
Freiburg
County
Baden Wurttemburg, Germany
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Number of persons:6 Luggage:2 large + 2 small Minimum driver age:25 Gearbox:manual
Holland - the Netherlands
Volkswagen Bus-click for a larger picture
Volkswagen Bus 1979
Volkswagen Bus
Location
Ootmarsum
County
Twente
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Number of persons:7 Luggage:2 large + 2 small Minimum driver age:25 Gearbox:manual Audio:radio
Italy
VW Bus-click for a larger picture
VW Bus 1962
VW T1 Minibus
Location
Gradara
County
Urbino, Italy
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Number of passengers:  seats up to 9 Luggage:2 large + 2 small Minimum driver age:25 Gearbox:manual Audio:radio
Volkswagen Campervan-click for a larger picture
Volkswagen Campervan 1977
Volkswagen Bay Westfalia Camper
Location
Gradara
County
Urbino, Italy
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Number of persons:4 Luggage:2 large + 2 small Minimum driver age:25 Gearbox:manual Audio:radio
Volkswagen T2-click for a larger picture
Volkswagen T2 1974
Volkswagen T2 Mini Bus / Camper
Location
Gradara
County
Urbino, Italy
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Number of passengers: Seats 9 - sleeps 2Luggage:2 large + 2 small Minimum driver age:25 Gearbox:manual Audio: radio cd
The wind tunnel work paid off, as the Type 2 was aerodynamically superior to the Beetle despite its slab-sided shape. Three years later, under the direction of Volkswagen's new CEO Heinz Nordhoff, the first production model left the factory at Wolfsburg. Unlike other rear-engine Volkswagens, which evolved constantly over time but never saw the introduction of all-new models, the Transporter not only evolved, but was completely revised periodically with variations referred to as versions "T1" to "T5," although only generations T1 to T3 (or T25 as it is called in Ireland and Great Britain) can be seen as directly related to the Beetle (see below for details).

 

The Type 2 was among the first commercial vehicles in which the driver was placed above the front wheels. As such, it started a trend in Europe, where the Ford Transit among others quickly copied the concept. In the United States, the Corvair based Chevrolet Corvan cargo van and Greenbrier passenger van went so far as to copy the Type 2's rear-engine layout, using the Corvair's horizontally opposed, air cooled engine for power. Except for the Greenbrier and various 1950s-70s Fiat minivans, the Type 2 remained unique in being rear-engined. This was a disadvantage for the early "barndoor" Panel Vans, which couldn't easily be loaded from the rear due to the engine cover intruding on interior space, but generally advantageous in terms of traction and interior noise.  

 

Another trend that the Type 2 may not have started, but that it certainly gave momentum to, is the use of nicely-trimmed commercial vans as people carriers. This first took hold in the United States in the 1960s, aided by tongue-in-cheek advertising by the Doyle Dane Bernbach agency. During the hippie era in the United States, the Bus became a major counterculture symbol. There were several reasons: The van could carry a number of people plus camping gear and cooking supplies, extra clothing, do-it-yourself carpenter's tools, etc. As a "statement", its boxy, utilitarian shape made the Type 2 everything the American cars of the day were not.  

 

Used models were incredibly cheap to buy — many were hand-painted (a predecessor of the modern-day art car). Some Bus enthusiasts (especially for antiwar activists) would replace the VW logo with a painted peace symbol up front. Since that time, however, the original 1950–1967 Type 2 (primarily the pre-1956 barn-doors) has become a highly sought after collector's item.  

 

Source: Wikipedia.
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