Where campervans all began

HAMPTON, England — Before modern cargo and passenger vans, the Volkswagen’s Type II camper van created a flexible yet cost effective vehicle in the mid twentieth century, Business Car Manager explained. With more than 150,000 vans produced from the early 1950s to 1960s, these models established the camper van as a strong yet flexible means of transportation.

The idea for the camper van came from a Dutch importer who was inspired by trolleys in the VW factory that were built from a stripped Beetle chassis and gear, Business Car Manager reported. In the late 1940s, that importer, Ben Pon, sketched the design for such a van, and, within a few years, those higher up would take notice.

To read the full story by Business Car Manager, click here.

Rebecca Smith

Rebecca Smith

Rebecca Smith is a Wisconsin native currently living in Illinois with her husband, Eric, and two dogs, Maggie and Grace. She enjoys hiking, biking, kayaking and, of course, camping in cabins and park models.

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