This is the definitive history of one of the world’s most iconic and loved vehicles.
The iconic VW Camper Van has stood the test of time through five generations and more than six decades. The History of The VW Camper Van traces this evolution through every generation.
With cool curves and enormous flexibility, the VW Type 2 Transporter soon won the hearts of the public and revolutionised the possibilities for freedom and adventure as companies and individuals transformed their Type 2s into VW Campers
The VW Camper Van would not exist today were it not for three men: Ivan Hirst, a British Army Major, who found a way to reconstruct the Volkswagen factory in the post-war devastation; a flamboyant Dutchman, Ben Pon, who drew a simple sketch in a notebook; and Volkswagen’s General Director, Heinz Heinrich Nordhoff, who recognised the need for a commercial vehicle and introduced the VW Type 2 Panel Van.