15 Jan 2021
The Volkswagen Westfalia Camper Story< back
At Stuart Insurances, we are committed to providing the best camper insurance policies we can to our customers across Ireland. We’re also keen to provide value to our readers, which is why we create these blogs that offer tips and news about the campervanning world.
Here, we take a brief look at one of the most iconic campers around - the VW Westfalia and how it influenced everything that came after it. So, sit back, pour yourself a cup of tea while we get into the story behind this classic camper van.
A Conversion of the Volkswagen Type 2
Originally created back in the 1950s, the VW Westfalia was actually a conversion of the VW Type 2, as VW outsourced the conversion work to Westfalia-Werke. Early models included a split-windshield design based on the Kombi or Transporter, with many of those that came after it following suit up until the mid 1960s when the popularity of campervanning was really booming.
During the 1950s, there were around 1,000 box conversions made by Westfalia - who had become the official installer of conversions for VW. By the end of the 50s, a series of ‘special’ models were launched onto the market with the SO-23, 33, 34, 35, 42, 44 and 45 available from VW dealers around the world.
As standard, these conversions offered much in terms of comfort and creating a ‘home from home’ feel, with fold-out seats, storage cabinets, an ice box, a sink, electrical outlets, a fold out table and curtains. It was something that revolutionised how people enjoyed the open road and it led to the existence of campervans as we know them today.
A Truly Iconic Name in Campervanning
VW Westfalia are a massive part of the overall story of campervanning, as the work they did in the early days is still resonating today. Without their input, campers around the world would not be the amazing, fun and highly customizable things they are today. For that reason, they very much deserve their place in the annals of campervan history.
What hasn’t changed since those early days is the need for comprehensive camper insurance. The policies we provide keep our customers, their vehicles and everything inside safe as they enjoy the freedom that campervanning provides.
So, if you’re in need of a campervan insurance renew quote or a new policy, you can find us at www.campervaninsurance.ie where you’ll find everything you need to know. If however, you’d like to speak to our team, give us a call on (01) 288-1779 and a member of our friendly team of advisors will do everything you can to find the ideal cover for your needs.