The van life movement is a phenomena that goes beyond Millenials’ infatuation with all things retro. It’s such a popular concept that vintage VW bus rental companies are popping up in the west. Now it’s easier than ever to bring out the hippie in all of us.
Hit the Road in Vintage VW Camper Van Rentals (without the hassles of owning one!)
“My 1968 VW Westfalia. My RV for the spots my Class C can’t fit into,” says iRV2 Forums member 68westfalia.
Whether you’re a Boomer who experienced the hippie heyday of the 1960s or a young ‘un who wishes they did, everyone seems to love the classic VW Westfalia van.
Volkswagen camper vans first hit Germany’s highways in 1951, when the Westfalia-Werke company created the first Volkswagen camper van conversions. Later when the pop-top roof tents were added from 1968 to 1979, the “Westie” van’s popularity exploded here in the states too.
With cooking, sleeping and sometimes toilet facilities on-board, the vans had everything a wandering hippie needed for a weekend joy ride or an open-ended road trip.
Sadly, DaimlerChrysler’s 1999 acquisition of the Westfalia-Werke’s van conversion division spelled the end of the beloved Volkswagen camper.
One of retroVWs camper van’s interior. Image: retroVWs.
But Westie devotees have kept the machines alive and humming through the years. With the van life popularity at an all-time high, a core group of private vintage VW bus rental companies are riding the wave. Licensed drivers with a heart full of wanderlust (and a knack for manual transmissions) can now hop into vintage VW camper van rentals.
If you’ve ever wanted to hit the road in one of these classic Volkswagen vintage camper vans, but without the hassles of actually owning one, now’s your chance.
Where to get VW camper van rentals (mechanical aptitude not necessary)
As the former owner of a 1973 Westfalia
René M. Agredano