Retro could make a cool comeback with the Volkswagen Camper

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VW Bulli concept (1)

Remember those VW vans which were used by movie villains of yore to roll in style with a Cuban in their hand? Those matchless characters would probably never have a parallel again, but their ride is making a comeback. Volkswagen is currently working to revive the very hippie and cool Camper van, however, this time it will be driven by an electric motor, batteries hiding under the floor. According to VW, the reason for doing that is to make the modern Camper resemble the original icon, and only an electric motor would allow a lower bonnet line, compared to a petrol engine. It will allow the A-pillar to be placed much further, taking the design that much closer to look like the original

VW Bulli concept (2)VW camper

In order to further resemble the iconic design, the modern Volkswagen Camper will need to share three design cues, found on the original. The front must have a very short overhang, wherein, the distance from the A-pillar to the front must be silly short. In addition, the new Camper will have to carry a wide, solid, D-pillar and the middle section needs to be as boxy as it can be. We’d suggest a split windscreen, chrome wiper blades and some white paint on the tyres to complete the picture.

Source: Autocar

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Get a drink from the VW camper van…

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Screen shot 2015-02-13 at 14.33.18NOW you’re really buzzing! We’ve had the Golf coffee bar, and the Mini reception area.

Now we have… the VW camper van bar in a pub. And how cool is that!

The Car Expert tweeted us with the picture, and said: ‘I’ll see your VW Golf coffee station and raise you a VW Type 2 bar’.

The bar is in the garage-themed pub Jubilee Garage pub in North Street, Bourne, in Lincolnshire. Continue reading »

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1955 Volkswagen Van Sold for 233k: Not Hippie [Photo Gallery]

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1955 Volkswagen Van Sold for 233k: Not Hippie [Photo Gallery]1955 Volkswagen Van Sold for 233k: Not Hippie [Photo Gallery]

Hippies loved the Camper and ever since Volkswagen opened the doors for their second car model the entire auto world would step into a new stage. Popularly known as the microbus, it was remembered rather as a cheap and noisy van youngsters would use for long road trips. But that was not the case with this particular 1955 Volkswagen T1 Fenster Barndoor Samba model, which sold for EUR190,000 ($233,000) the other day.
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Everything About Hot Rods

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You know them; you love them; they’re your favorite hot rods and today you’re going to find out more about them. As you might know by now, hot rods are the classic American cars that feature large engines which have been modified to get linear speed. No one really knows how the term “hot rod” was invented. But we do know that roadsters used to be the favorite card for drivers due to their light weight, easily modifiable components, and extremely affordable prices. In the thirties and the forties the term hot rod was introduced as it represented the name of the car that had been hopped up by altering its engine to get to higher performance. The term gow job was also used to refer to a hot rod, but only historians use it today.  

Hot Rods Around The World

At the moment, there is an amazing culture of hot rods around the world. Places like the United States, Canada, Sweden, Australia, or the UK are all enjoying a highly developed hot rods culture. There are even two main divisions of the international hot rod community, spread among the street rodders and the hot rodders. Some of these folks also enjoy the Ladbrokes Partners brands when it comes to affiliate programs. The hot rodders are known to build their own cars while using many original car parts obtained from wrecking yards or the NOS. They like to look for inspiration in the styles that characterized the 1940s through the 1960s. Street rodders on the other hand are known to build cars while using new parts. They are also likely to ask for help with building their cars. Events such as GreaseOrama host traditional hot rods; there are also special magazines such as Ol' Skool Rodz or Gears and Gals hot rods fans like to purchase.


Car Lockout Trouble?

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In case you’ve already purchased your tickets for the upcoming Columbus International Auto Show, you are probably eagerly doing some side research on the cars that you’ve heard will be presented there just to make time pass by faster. No wonder, since you’re so passionate about cars! But how about learning a few useful ways of handling a car lockout problem?


What To Do When You Lock Yourself Out Of Your Car  

It happens; lack of sufficient sleep at night, hectic morning on the run to get to the office eon time, rushing to the bank just before it closes – these are all events that could make your mind be in five places at a time – and make you leave your keys into the ignition by mistake. Your first reaction is highly likely that of panicking. No matter how automated, technology-rich your car might be, the method of mocking yourself out remains as simple as ever before. The most unfortunate events occur when you mistakenly lock your child or pet inside and it become impossible for you to get them out. Keep in mind you can immediately get in touch with a local locksmith company and have them send a professional to your location on the spot. It usually takes around 20 minutes for them to get there – look for locksmith that have nationwide coverage like the fellows at LocksmithKey. They have 247locksmithservice emergency personnel serving the car lockout needs of people from all states – and the great news is they have a special policy saying all of the car lockout call they receive will be treated like emergency calls. You don’t need to be in distress anymore – if you have a tendency to lock yourself out, save the toll free number of these guys and get in touch with the fully trained, licensed, bonded and insured professional locksmiths on the spot.   

VW celebrates 50000th T5 California camper van

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Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles is celebrating its iconic California camper van breaking a significant production milestone – 50,000 units from the assembly plant in Hanover Limmer.

“The Volkswagen T5 California is the most popular and best-selling camper van in its class. We have completed production of 50,000 T5 Californias since 2004. This year, with a figure of over 8,100 units, we will achieve the highest level of annual production yet,” said Dr Eckhard Scholz, chairman of the board of management for Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles. Continue reading »

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Westfalia returns to its roots

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Westfalia, the German converter that made its name building pop-top Volkswagen campervans in the 60s and 70s, has confirmed it is to again build a VW camper with a rising roof.

At its German headquarters, the respected manufacturer, which now has two UK dealers – Lowdhams in central England and VW Campersales on the south coast – confirmed that it will build another rising roof VW campervan, this time on the latest T5.

The company’s CEO, Mike Reuer, said the project will produce a campervan “that reconnects to our history and heritage”.

Westfalia began creating VW campers in 1951 when it built a one-off for a British Army officer stationed in Germany. So popular was its so-called “Camping Box” built on a VW Bulli T1 that it went into production, but it was not until the 1960s that Westfalia added its famous rising roof. Continue reading »

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Best Volkswagen campervan conversions

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The VW campervan has always been one of the most popular choices for drivers with a sense of adventure. The classic air-cooled Type 2, introduced in the sixties, has gained legendary status, and mint examples can now change hands for £20,000-plus.

Yet it’s still available ‘new’ – the Type 2 was still produced in Brazil until the end of 2013, and companies such as Danbury MotorCaravans will convert it to offer mod cons such as a kitchen with a fridge freezer and a CD stereo.

There’s no denying the vintage appeal of these models, but they cost £30,000-plus – and for similar money you can get your hands on a modern campervan, based on the dependable and much more up-to-date mechanicals of the Volkswagen T5 Transporter. The T5 has become a cult choice among fans of outdoor pursuits like surfing, just as the previous-generation T4 did before it, and as a result it will hold its value better than conversions based on the Mercedes Vito, Vauxhall Vivaro and Renault Trafic, and even the Ford Transit. Continue reading »

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