VW Camper Models Guide

VW Camper Models – A Guide For the Confused A Little VW Camper History

VW Camper Type 2 Split Window 1950-1967

This was the first VW camper adapted from the VW bus (known as the Samba) – which itself was adapted from the VW panel van. You’ll recognize the rounded VW camper van with the sweeping V molding on the front, the huge VW badge, split windscreen and big round headlights as the classic VW Camper.

Production of the first generation, ‘split-screen’ Transporters known as the type 2, (the Beetle was type 1), started in Wolfsburg for the 1950 model year with a tiny 1100cc air-cooled engine developing borrowed from the Volkswagen Beetle. By comparison, today’s Transporter has a choice of four TDI PD diesel engines from 1.9 litres to 2.5 litres.

Volkswagen imported the first VW Camper van to the UK in 1955 and a year later, transporter production moved to a new factory in Hanover. The campers were fitted out by Westfalia, a coachwork company who worked in partnership with VW for many …

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