Sales hit: The Volkswagen T1 takes off
The car that really set off the spirit of optimism was, next to the Beetle, the VW bus - a pragmatic little truck, a good four meters long and 75 km / h. Initially designed as a transporter for the post office or craftsmen, the VW Bulli was available seven years later as a leisure vehicle with panoramic windows. By 1968, more than 1.8 million units of this first generation bus - known today as the T1 - had been sold. A special feature: the split windshield.
Hippie bus and surfer legend As wealth grew, so did the Germans' thirst for adventure. Whether in the mountains or off to the sea: traveling and spending the night in the car was the latest hit, from 1960 camping buses became ultra-modern. When the hippie movement reached its peak in 1967 in the “Summer of Love”, the T1 was of course there too - brightly painted in flower power style, a vehicle made for individualists, revolutionaries, globetrotters and adventurers. Whether across Europe towards the Orient or on the way to the coast of California: Anyone who was a hippie owned a VW bus.