Volkswagen Transporter and Camper Vans 1949-1967 Combi - The Vale of Rheidol Railway
The Vale of Rheidol Railway

Volkswagen Transporter and Camper Vans 1949-1967 Combi

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Volkswagen Transporter and Camper Vans 1949-1967 Combi


From the ruins of the Third Reich in Germany emerged one of the most instantly recognisable vehicles of the second half of the 20th century: the Volkswagen Transporter. With origins often attributed to a sketch produced by the flamboyant Dutchman Ben Pon, the reality is that the Transporter was the result of plans developed for Heinz Nordhoff, the highly individualistic Director General of Volkswagen from 1948 until 1968.

Launched in 1949, the Transporter was designed to provide the company with a second model to run alongside the equally recognisable Beetle as a means of generating income. It was 'designed for town and country, short and long distances, autobahns and field tracks, goods and passengers, retails and industry' and as such was to prove readily adaptable to a whole range of forms, including the camper van.

Manufactured for almost 20 years in Germany and until 1975 in Brazil, the first generation Transporter achieved peak production in its homeland in 1964 when more than 187,000 were built. In all, almost two million were built in Germany and a further 450,000 at Volkswagen factories elsewhere- a staggering total for what started out as a purely utilitarian vehicle.

Richard Copping, an acknowledged expert on the history of Volkswagen and the Transporter in particular, explores the history of the first generation model from its post-war origins through to the end of an era when production ceased in the mid-1970s.


ISBN: 9781908347268
Binding: Paperback
Dimentions: 210 x 148
Pages: 64
Photos/Illus: Over 100


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Item location: Aberystwyth, Ceredigion, United Kingdom

About Us

The Vale of Rheidol Railway (WelshRheilffordd Cwm Rheidol) is a 1ft 11 3/4 inches (603 mmnarrow gauge heritage railway that runs for 11 3?4 miles (18.9 km) between Aberystwyth and Devil's Bridge in the county of Ceredigion, Wales.

privatisation, it was the sole steam-operated line on the nationalised British Rail network, steam traction having ceased in 1968 on all other parts of the system. Unlike some other preserved railways in the United Kingdom, the Vale of Rheidol Railway has never closed, with the exception of wartime and has operated a service for tourists through its life. The railway celebrated its centenary in 2002. 

The Railway is a charity, meaning the income it generates goes back into the railway, to aid in restoration and running of the steam locomotives. Buying through our online giftshop enables you to get the product you want but also donate to the railway and keep it alive.

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Geraint Roberts
Vale of Rheidol Trading Ltd
Park Avenue
SY23 1PG
United Kingdom
Phone:01970 625819
Company registration number: 9146470
VAT number: GB 489240712


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