History of the VW Camper Van
A Visual History of the VW Camper Van
Known nostalgically and largely for its boxy shape, bright colours, and iconic VW silver badge, the VW campervan has become a pop icon for adventure, the outdoors, and long-distance travel. Whilst Volkswagen has been manufacturing and producing campers since 1950, it's the history behind the iconic vehicle and how it changed visually over different generations that many enthusiasts have come to know.
VW Campervan - The Evolution
The Campervan and Counterculture
The campervan was more than just an important feat in vehicle manufacturing, but became a social symbol of the 1960s and ensuing counterculture. For many, this memory might have looked like a Splittie in lively paintwork circa Woodstock.
Corgi's Miniature Campervan
A miniature of the Type 2, or the Camper in the UK, was recreated on a much smaller (1:43) scale by a partnership between Corgi and Coca-Cola. This die-cast model was envisioned as a unique piece of memorabilia.
Lego's Replica of the Splittie
Now retired, Volkswagen's T1 campervan was once on the shelf as a 1334-piece Lego kit. Lego's release was an authentic replica of a classic campervan from 1962. This includes many of the iconic details down to the "V" shape three-way colour split and pop-up roof.
#VanLife Trends Online
Captured on social media, the #VanLife movement became popular amongst fellow travellers. With more than 230,000+ posts, many took to sharing their adventures from the road inspired by life in their vans. Many of these explorers swapped the creature comforts of their home for a campervan.
Record Sales for Campervans
Throughout 2020, records for campervan sales reached new heights as the staycation boom in the UK made this leisure vehicle highly sought-after. Nearly 30 million drivers in the UK went on a staycation.