|1955 Volkswagen Bus - Camp Car|
I love this scene!
But with their unusual shape and air-cooled 40 horsepower engine (in the back, no less) they must have seemed strange indeed to the average US consumer. They could be special ordered, but it seems most in that era were purchased in Europe by tourists or military personell and brought over.
Look at that magazine cover - who could resist this idyllic scene? Three buds, probably on the same bowling team get together for a weekend of fishing and bonding. Or maybe it's a dad (resting with his book) and his sons out for a weekend of quality time.
The Popular Mechanics article, in which the Volkswagen is described as "... a disease, and a contagious one at that!" also optimistically states that the engine will "normally go 100,000 miles without an overhaul" with a fan belt as the only spare part needed. My actual experience has differed slightly from that, but nevertheless I would happily own and drive one of these, if only the current purchase price (originally around $2,500) had less in common with the average 3 bedroom, 2 bath suburban home.
View the original article here. Scroll down about a third of the way if you don't want to see all the adds, but they are fun to read also.