At the time, Volkswagen’s original panel van was firmly in this category, and its position was confirmed as the auctioneer set the top price at a record. 90,000 horsepower (115,000 dollars) for this pristine example that is for sale.
This VW camper started in the early 1950s as a prototype for Volkswagen’s first transporter and is still one of the most famous examples of its kind available today. In 1947, the Dutch VW importer Ben Pon had a proposal and a drawing he had made, which presented a freight vehicle. At the Geneva Motor Show in 1949, Volkswagen launched the first VW van based on the original sketch by Ben-Pon.
The design was quickly associated with iconic 20th century designs and the van was positioned as affordable and adaptable. With the addition of seats, doors and windows, the magic of the motorhome took shape. There was the simple van used to transport loads, but there was also the Grubb design, when VW welded a station wagon van down with things like school buses to create a two-story SUV.
The milk cart was chosen for its curved Art Deco front, and the truck had to be widened by eight centimetres to fit all.
Although the world of VW panel vans has been split off from the mostly small campers and vans, there are still large models. This means there is plenty of space available for the conversion of motorhomes, and the Volkswagen LT panel van is one of the most popular models in its class. The star of this show, this VW van sits on a hand-formed aluminum frame with an aluminum roof and steel roof girder.
In the same year Volkswagen teamed up with Mercedes-Benz to launch a second-generation LT van, which is still one of the most popular models in its class.
The companies share the body and otherwise use their own unique designs for the wheels, suspension and other important parts that move the van. VW transporters, sometimes known as Type 2 (the Beetle is Type 1), switched their air-cooled engines back completely so that drivers and passengers could enjoy a relatively spacious compartment without engine noise or heat generation. Driving a Type 2 is a surprisingly refined and comparatively quiet affair, especially since cars use a very advanced suspension.
It removes the rough rigid axles and leaf springs that make competing vans such a stressful experience, and offers a road holding and handling that is superior even to family cars.
Most original VW campers are now rickety old wrecks, made up mainly of rust held together with spit and glue, and the remains of their deluded hippie owners. These vans, equipped with advanced and unconventional technology in the middle of the last century, may seem strangely ramshackle compared to modern vehicles, but they have helped to build a reputation and customer loyalty that have survived to this day.
But this immaculately restored 1955 T2 Samba model is in a different league, and will be sold this weekend to an anonymous buyer for the undisputed PS67,500 hippie to anonymous buyers.
It was one of the first VW vans to arrive in the UK and was bought by Daimler from Westphalia in 2001. The new California was reinvented in Europe and VW now equips all models directly as campers. This VW panel van has been restored to its original condition, complete with original paint and interior.
Volkswagen is finally preparing to retire the classic VW camper for good, but that will take some time. Because of its history, the vehicle is one of the longest-produced models of its kind in the world, and it makes you wonder whether the new models will replace it, even though they offer a lot of high-tech magic. It has been produced since the 1950s and designed by the same people who were also responsible for the original VW Beetle, VW Golf and Volkswagen Beetle.
In the 1960s, it became an icon of flower power, as the original Beetle became one of the most popular motorized transport vehicles of its time.
The Brazilian version is used by the British Danbury Motor Caravans, and the van was produced in Brazil until 2013. Sales of the new campers ended in 2014 when VW stopped construction at a plant in Germany. In the USA, the van is still available with a water-cooled Volkswagen engine, but it is no longer available there.
The T3, introduced in 1979, is the successor to the VW Transporter, known in Great Britain as the T25, and the first of its kind in Europe.
While coarse rigid axles and leaf springs make competing vans a taut experience, the T3 does away with that by offering a road holding that is superior even to that of a family car. The VW transporter, sometimes known as type 2 (the Beetle is type 1), switched its air-cooled engine back completely so that the driver and passengers could enjoy a relatively spacious compartment without engine noise or heat generation. Although cars use a very advanced suspension, driving a Type 2 is a surprisingly refined and comparatively quiet affair.