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Tuesday 23 September 2014

60th Anniversary of the Volkswagen Transporter

Published 18/08/2014 | 13:55

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Nicola Rousseau from Surrey poses for a photograph besides her 2010 fifth generation T5, Volkswagen Transporter van near Newquay on August 8, 2014 in Cornwall, England. The van, which was converted to a camper van this year is normally on hire through Nicola's company Littlefoot Campers. The Volkswagen Transporter was first produced in 1950 and has sold over ten million units worldwide evolving through five generations of functional and practical body styles, each representing the ultimate multi-purpose vehicle of its time. To commemorate the model's 60th anniversary in the UK Volkswagen has launched a special edition of the Transporter dubbed the Sportline 60.  (Photo by Matt Cardy/Getty Images)
NEWQUAY, ENGLAND - AUGUST 08: Nicola Rousseau from Surrey poses for a photograph besides her 2010 fifth generation T5, Volkswagen Transporter van near Newquay on August 8, 2014 in Cornwall, England. The van, which was converted to a camper van this year is normally on hire through Nicola's company Littlefoot Campers. The Volkswagen Transporter was first produced in 1950 and has sold over ten million units worldwide evolving through five generations of functional and practical body styles, each representing the ultimate multi-purpose vehicle of its time. To commemorate the model's 60th anniversary in the UK Volkswagen has launched a special edition of the Transporter dubbed the Sportline 60. (Photo by Matt Cardy/Getty Images)
Daniel Vosloo from Hertfordshire poses for a photograph besides his 1965 first generation or T1, split-screen Volkswagen Transporter van on August 4, 2014 in Exeter, England. The van, which is nicknamed Zippy and was originally from South Africa now has a Porshe 911 engine fitted. The Volkswagen Transporter was first produced in 1950 and has sold over ten million units worldwide evolving through five generations of functional and practical body styles, each representing the ultimate multi-purpose vehicle of its time.  To commemorate the model's 60th anniversary in the UK Volkswagen has launched a special edition of the Transporter dubbed the Sportline 60.  (Photo by Matt Cardy/Getty Images)
Daniel Vosloo from Hertfordshire poses for a photograph besides his 1965 first generation or T1, split-screen Volkswagen Transporter van on August 4, 2014 in Exeter, England. The van, which is nicknamed Zippy and was originally from South Africa now has a Porshe 911 engine fitted. The Volkswagen Transporter was first produced in 1950 and has sold over ten million units worldwide evolving through five generations of functional and practical body styles, each representing the ultimate multi-purpose vehicle of its time. To commemorate the model's 60th anniversary in the UK Volkswagen has launched a special edition of the Transporter dubbed the Sportline 60. (Photo by Matt Cardy/Getty Images)
Simon Peacock, 34, from Stoke on Trent poses for a photograph besides his 1977 second generation or T2, bay window Volkswagen Transporter van in Newquay on August 7, 2014 in Cornwall, England. The van, which he bought for £2600 fourteen years ago was originally a panel van and is now worth roughly £14000. The Volkswagen Transporter was first produced in 1950 and has sold over ten million units worldwide evolving through five generations of functional and practical body styles, each representing the ultimate multi-purpose vehicle of its time. To commemorate the model's 60th anniversary in the UK Volkswagen has launched a special edition of the Transporter dubbed the Sportline 60.  (Photo by Matt Cardy/Getty Images)
NEWQUAY, ENGLAND - AUGUST 07: Simon Peacock, 34, from Stoke on Trent poses for a photograph besides his 1977 second generation or T2, bay window Volkswagen Transporter van in Newquay on August 7, 2014 in Cornwall, England. The van, which he bought for £2600 fourteen years ago was originally a panel van and is now worth roughly £14000. The Volkswagen Transporter was first produced in 1950 and has sold over ten million units worldwide evolving through five generations of functional and practical body styles, each representing the ultimate multi-purpose vehicle of its time. To commemorate the model's 60th anniversary in the UK Volkswagen has launched a special edition of the Transporter dubbed the Sportline 60. (Photo by Matt Cardy/Getty Images)

The VW Transporter has been moving the UK for 60 years, here's some pictures taken to celebrate

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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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