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The Volkswagen Van dates back to 1950s when trolley cars and the VW Beetle were popular. Families were getting larger; therefore, a Beetle was not a practical family car. The engineers at VW thought that combining the Beetle and the trolley car designs would be ideal for those larger families that needed an economical means of travel. There were over thirty designs made throughout the year.
From 1968-1971, the now iconic VW Busses were created. This new design, popular with the hippie generation, had a flat nose and an engine that was not very efficient. Despite this flaw, the interior of the most highly praised. It featured rear facing seats, a sofa pull out bed, a hand pump sink, and a small icebox. A gas stove was an optional feature that many young people favored. This van had everything anyone would ever need while on the road and it became a home on wheels for travelers.
Children grew to know and love this van through Scooby Doo and the Mystery Machine cartoons. The Mystery Machine was a van that was elaborately painted with flowers and a two-tone design. Since that time, many teens and adults that grew up watching the Scooby Doo cartoons ended up with a bus of their own. Whether for nostalgic purposes or because they wanted a place to live, the VW Van became a cult classic.
It is no wonder that the VW Van has become such a cult classic. It has long been a staple vehicle through American media. The van carries many memories with it throughout the United States as the choice vehicles of hippies all over.
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