The Volkswagen Transporter has been moving Europe sine the 50's and in 1954 the first one of them came to the UK, not long after that they appeared in Ireland, now moving into Generation 6 with a concept on the way Volkswagen have a long commercial history.
The Transporter started out a split screen van and the world fell in love, turning it into a camper van and hippie bus with paint all over it the little van became a symbol of revolution and owes a lot of that to the Beetle from which it shares the chassis.
Type 2 seen the end of the split windscreen and a more aerodynamic body, the type 2 also had an Ambulance version along side the Camper van, like the Beetle of the time the Transporter had the engine mounted in the rear which caused access problems but also cooling issues because the engine was air cooled.
T3 brings us closer to modern design but still had the air cooled engine and distinctive putt-putt sound, they changed the engine in 1984 for a water cooled boxer engine but still rear mounted.
T4 starts in 1990 and this was the first one with an engine up front and still called Transporter with the same variants although it was bigger with a lot more room in the rear because there wasn't an engine mounted under the floor.
T5 brings us up to date, although there's a new one coming and the T5 has had a few tweaks but the design remains unchanged. Now the engines are refined, the cabin feels like a car and most important, everything works. The Transporter can be gotten in all kinds of sizes, you can even get a Camper Van called the California.
So here's to another 60 years of the Transporter and all who sail in her.
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