Why VW campervans from the 1970s are so iconic

Why VW campervans from the 1970s are so iconic

Almost everyone is familiar with the 1970′s VW Campervan, which is more popular today than ever. Not only is the iconic 70′s Volkswagen Campervan still a common sight on the roads, it’s image is widely used as a retro print design on everything from T-shirts to tea towels. But, why are VW campervans from the 1970s so iconic?

Starting with a bit of history; officially known as the Volkswagen Type 2,  the Transporter, or Kombi, what we know as the VW Camper was first introduced in 1950. As a modern and practical vehicle, this became extremely popular in 1960′s America, especially by the hippie counter-culture movement, so much so in fact, this is still an image instantly associated with hippie nostalgia. The second generation of the Volkswagen Type 2 (T2) came to light in 1967, and was built in Germany throughout the 1970′s until 1979. In Mexico, they were producing vans from 1970 to 1994, and so the seventies saw a massive amount on VW campervans on the road.

This iconic VW campervan was the first of it’s kind, and so widely used by those who enjoyed life on the road. It is still largely associated with freedom, and used by families and lone travellers alike.  Just as the hippies were fans of the VW Camper in the 1960′s and 1970′s, surfers used the vehicle in the 1970′s, as did bands requiring their own transport. The VW van has always had an association will cool and doing your own thing.

They came in a variety of colours, and many were customised in anything from a plain paint job to a full-on psychedelic mural, and there are some fantastic designs out there. The Volkswagen Campervan is a cult vehicle, with enthusiasts the world over still driving them, collecting their memorabilia and attending rallies.