In 1950, ten vehicles a day were being produced. For the next forty years, the general design remained the same and almost five million campers were produced over that time. The Type II with its rear engine and ‘box on wheels’ body, filled a gap in the market providing a sturdy vehicle, that was flexible when it came to transportation but without a high costs.
The unique camper design of the VW transporter meant that the rear seats could be removed in order to transport greater loads. The design was uncomplicated and Volkswagen were able to turn out almost 100 different body combinations over the first five years. These variations included buses, pick-ups, beer wagons, refrigerated ice-cream vans, fire engines, ambulances, milk floats, mobile butchers’ shops, bread vans, mobile grocers, ordinary delivery vans and the well known and loved camper.