Volkswagen History

A look back at the Volkswagen 1500 & 1600 Type 3 (1961 – 1973)

Following the unparalleled success of the Beetle, Volkswagen was left in a powerful position. But despite the iconic car’s absolute dominance of global markets, they knew it was a situation they couldn’t expect to continue forever. The sensible option was to widen the range, giving potential customers the option of a new, more exclusive product(…)

Fifteen fun facts about the VW Beetle

Stop anyone on the street and ask them their opinion of the most iconic cars and it’s a good bet that the VW Beetle will be on a fair share of them. Rarely has a car seized the global imagination in the same way the Beetle has consistently has managed to do through its different(…)

A history of the VW camper – Part Three

Today we conclude our look back at the history of the VW camper van. Picking up where we left off – back in… 1963 This was the year that saw engine size increased still further to 1500cc from the original 1200cc – the sliding door was made available as an option. 1967 The split screen(…)

A history of the VW camper – Part Two

Today we continue our look back at one of the best loved cars/vans ever to grace our roads. Picking up where we left off in 1949, we reach the dawn of … The Split. 1949 – 1947 The first generation of VW buses with split screens were released. Affectionately called ‘splitties’ by enthusiasts; the name(…)