The Volkswagen Bus Camper is celebrating it’s 60th anniversary this year and to celebrate this piece of German engineering we are dedicating this post to the iconic transporter.
The hugely successful iconic van started its production life back in 1950 and has since sold more than 10 million units worldwide. It is better known in some countries as the VW Bus, VW camper, VW Transporter and VW Kombi.
The first Volkswagen Bus Camper was fitted with an air-cooled 4-cylinder 1.1-liter petrol engine that produced 25hp and could reach a top speed of 60mph (97km/h).
The latest generation VW Transporter is now powered by a 2.0-liter turbocharged diesel engine that produces between 84hp and 180hp and has a top speed of 119 mph (192km/h).
The Volkswagen Bus Camper has evolved through five generations of functional and practical body styles, each representing the ultimate multi-purpose vehicle of its time and loved by business and private users alike for transporting goods or people for work or leisure.
This unique heritage is the focus of the current ‘Evolution of Van’ advertising campaign for the new Transporter which was launched in the UK in January.
Although the design has evolved over the years, the first and the latest Transporter share the same badge on the front and the same design principles of a generous load space and an enviable reputation for quality and durability.
Over the years, Volkswagen Transporters have endured challenging round the world trips by enthusiastic travelers, been used as the preferred choice of travel for rock bands since the 1960s to the present day and been relied upon by many businesses needing a fleet of delivery or passenger carrying vehicles.
Here are the five generations of the Volkswagen Bus: