The words Volkswagen and campervans are synonymous.
In April of 1947, Ben Pon, a Dutch importer of Volkswagen vehicles walked into the factory and saw a very unusual vehicle which had been built by the employees to assist them transporting heavy parts from one production hall to another. Later that month he sketched the Volkswagen Transporter, a forward control vehicle with a box shaped body and a rear engine. Through his persistence with his bosses at Volkswagen, their design department created a prototype which was built a short time later. In 1950 the Volkswagen T1 Transporter (more commonly known as the ‘Splitscreen’ or ‘Splitty) was launched and the rest is history.
Volkswagen entered our Awards in 2019. Their Volkswagen California Ocean triumphed in the Camper Vans over £45,000 class.