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Celebrating 70 years of the VW Campervan

The iconic VW Campervan, a much-loved constant in the camping world and an eternal symbol of peace and freedom

The Volkswagen camper van is easily one of the most recognisable camper vans around. They're also a popular choice for renovation projects. The Volkswagen camper van has evolved over time, with the first sketch created in 1947. The sketch was combined with elements of the Beetle and the prototype was revealed in 1949.

Believe it or not, the campervan didn’t do as well as they thought initially. But, sales steadily increased as expected. 

Since its creation, Volkswagen has released over 6 different models spanning 70 years. Current models are a far cry from their 1950’s predecessor. It has now abandoned its ‘campervan’ qualities and has evolved into a van that offers enough space for it to be converted into a campervan instead.

Explore how the Volkswagen campervan has evolved in the below graphic made by Wessex Vans.

History of VW Campervans - 1949
History of VW Campervans - 1955
History of VW Campervans - 1973
History of VW Campervans - 1983
History of VW Campervans - 1988
History of VW Campervans - 2003
History of VW Campervans - 2015