Visit any VW show and what do you find? Correct - wall-to-wall Campers. Interest in the numerous conversions offered over the years spirals ever-upwards as do asking prices for even the most dilapidated examples of the first three generations and 40-years of VW Bus conversions. But are there books to match? No not that is until this encyclopaedic volume was conceived. As a direct consequence of the lack of print available, author Richard Copping has collected a wealth of contemporary brochures from all the leading converters, knitted them together and produced a unique and vibrant story of the VW Camper from the first and often rustic conversions of the 1950s to the sophisticated homes on wheels of the late 1980s. Stripping out the original text, Richard has carefully replaced it with his own lively yet informative story - while carefully retaining both the popular look and nostalgic feel of the age.
From the untangling of the many stories that contributed to VW Camper history to a restorer s dream of detailed specifications and from the quirkiest of marketing strategies amazingly and endearingly primitive in the 1950s to suavely sophisticated in the latter days, if the word Camper is in it, its covered. The meticulous reproduction of advertising brochures many of which can easily be the best part of 50-years old make this a hard to put down coffee table volume for some - a book with very much in vogue nostalgic visual appeal. For others, the lure of a lively and informative story peppered with carefully detailed pictures will ensure the book is a useful reference to visit over and over again. Richard Copping's extensive collection of rarely seen advertising material provides a unique background to a much-needed book designed to delight the multitude of VW Camper fans far and wide.
Table of Contents
No definite chapters, (other than the general headings of years 1950 1967, 1968 1979, 1979 1990 and Campers) rather a blend of brochures developing the story over the pages, year by year, and covered by an index at the back of the volume. Thanks to this approach, it will be possible to concentrate on Reuters artwork, for the story of the emergence of the many variations of the basic Transporter mostly relates to the Reuters era. In the planning stage, I see Campers as a separate story; as for many years they weren t an official part of the Transporter range. It is intended to include a technical spec for each model as the advances came. (Reproducing the style of VW s own tech spec contained at the end of many brochures)
Richard Copping s interest in the Volkswagen marque began when a Bentley owning schoolmaster gave him a lift in his other car, a Beetle. Richard passed his driving test in just such a car and Volkswagens have adorned his drive ever since. His first book inevitably covered the subject of the world s most popular car, but now both in his writing for the magazine VW Motoring and with articles for other publications, he embraces all members of Volkswagen s expanding family, including the Transporter. The author of several volumes, his training as a historian and enthusiasm for the subject matter has ensured both a knowledgeable and lively approach.