Volkswagen Kombi


The Volkswagen Type 2 was introduced in 1950 by Volkswagen as its second model following Type 1, the Beetle. The Type 2 went on to become the best selling van in history.

Known officially and unofficially as the Transporter, the Kombi (or Combi), Microbus, Split screen (or the Splittie) the Bus (in the US), Camper (in the UK) and Pão de Forma (in Portugal, meaning ‘Loaf of Bread’).

It was eventually adopted by the 1960’s counter culture, seen as something rebellious, not the conventional sedan choice of the ‘Squares’, and became affectionately known as the Hippie van – well suited to surfie road trips, ‘no fixed address’ accomodation and groupies following the Grateful Dead on tour.

By the 1980’s the Kombi became the wheels of choice for thousands of Aussies and Kiwis on their Great (OE) European Tour.

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1968 Volkswagen Beetle

I could go on for days just illustrating longboards, but fortunately this illustration is just 255mm wide and only nine would fit, so I’m off the hook. The colours, designs and logos of these boards are supurb, most often not created by graphic designers but by surfers on a as-needed basis. The Beetle is based on my wife’s car although I have changed the colours. Might need to have a quiet word about a re-paint. I’ll let you know how that goes.

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