Volkswagen T2 Campervan
Volkswagen T2 Campervan,1967-1969
Campervan, Micro Bus, T2, Type 2, Transporter, Samba Minibus, campermobile, hippie wagon, or simply the Bus are all popular nicknames for the Volkswagen van, one of the most versatile vehicles ever created. The first prefabricated frame rolled off the assembly line in Wolfsburg, Germany following WWII. Built on a reputation of value, simplicity, ingenuity, and quality, it was the first postwar German mass-marketed automobile to provide millions with affordable, comfortable, reliable transportation. It proved an ideal manufacturing method in terms of modularity and efficiency; a single, simple structure could just as readily become an ambulance, pickup truck, small commercial vehicle, or camper, while companies in secondary markets devised variations that included airport rovers and hearses. The camper version shown here, the T2 Camper Westfalia SO 76 Helsinki, manufactured from 1967-69, is outfitted for four and features a pop-top roof for standing room, sink, and a fold-down bed. The VW Camper came to symbolize the 1960s counterculture movement and remains an icon. VW shut down production of the rear-engine buses in 2003, raising the scarcity value to existing vans.