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Westfalia – Company history

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The beginning of the Westfalia company. On 1 1844, Johann Bernhard started a forge, thus the foundation stone for a long-lasting He originally built heavy carts to transport goods at the new train station.

1950s: The of Westfalia conversions began in with one customer’s special When Westfalia in Wiedenbrück the so-called “Camping Box”, designed for an officer in the British stationed in Germany, he had a simple equip a VW transit van as a home. had to be neatly built into the and at the same time had to be suitable as a for sleeping, living and working. So the at Westfalia took a VW bus, a double door between the B and C and built in multi-purpose furniture and behind the front seats. For pretty ruffled curtains matched the checked pattern of the A real zeitgeist combination. A couch, folding table, bench, roll-front cabinet and completed the interior ensemble. The was such a success that the Box soon went into production and the converted VW Bus became the car of the 50s, because it was multifunctional and be used as a hotel on wheels.

1960s: In 1962 Westfalia the first motorhome with surfaces made of light material, and gave its name to the VW Westfalia SO 34. The Westfalia SO 34 was shipped the pond in large numbers, and was the vehicle with camping with white and grey surfaces instead of wood surfaces. The SO 42 was also very in the USA. This vehicle had insulation but it didn’t yet have the roof which became for the Westfalia later on. The equipment interior panelling, roof compartment, cool box with tank, manual pump and table on the side, wardrobe mirror, storage compartment upholstery and folding table. A bit later the innovative folding became standard, offering a lot of in this jack of all trades’ resulting in a comfortable standing and more space to work in. The converted by Westfalia created a of freedom and independence that had unthinkable until then. all, you’re at home you feel at home.

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1970s: In 1976 Westfalia the first designs for a pioneering It was going to be named after the century’s greatest explorer, Cook. One year later the finally arrived: the presentation of the Mercedes-Benz “James Cook”. combined safety and comfort and was equipped with a wet cell. The Cook” became a best and was very soon the symbol of travel. The “Sven Hedin”, built in 1977, was the first with a shower, hot water and a specially designed high on the basis of the new VW LT. These two successful marked the beginning of Westfalia’s The Joker’s success story in 1978. Many campers this as a multifunctional vehicle, to do their shopping or to drive to As a result, they no longer an additional passenger car, made acquiring such a financially possible for many for the first time. This lived up to its name: 70,000 sold in one decade. This was real trump card.

1980s: The success story of years was clearly the Joker Volkswagen, with various on the basis of the VW T3 – probably one of the most converted transit vans made. In 1981 the VW Joker was for the first time with an high plastic roof and a panoramic window. After the Ford Company as another in 1985, Westfalia now also the “Nugget”. This was a complete camping van which offered and agility for your leisure and which even qualified as a car with its spirit stove for purposes. Still this with Ford was nothing new for as early as the 1970s converted vans with the Ford on the radiator grille had been under the names “Chiemsee” and

1990s: Production of the VW California, Marco Polo, Vito F, BMW Trailer and the Columbus 2 caravan in the years 1990-1998. This of new vehicles guaranteed exciting trips in the 1990s. In 1994 was a reason for festivities: Westfalia its 150th anniversary. Westfalia the special edition Highway added California-Coach equipment to its to celebrate the anniversary. This was limited to 500 vehicles. In 1996 the Marco Polo on a Mercedes left the assembly line, by the first Vito F in 1997. before the turn of the millennium, was split into three areas: Westfalia Van Conversion responsible for manufacturing and distributing time vehicles, and DaimerChrysler 49 per cent of the new company. Westfalia would deal with attachments and the Westfalia Trailer would manufacture trailers for cars and horse trailers. The however, were characterised by ups and downs caused by disputes the company’s owners and difficult conditions.

2000 – until today: All is with the leisure time and a new production record was set in 2001, leisure vehicle number left Westfalia’s assembly DaimlerChrysler AG massively increased its in Westfalia, and Westfalia Van Conversion a 100 per cent subsidiary of the Stuttgart-based But Westfalia’s basic business still remains the same. And was another success story: won Opel-Werke as a fourth partner for its Van activities. thus completing its of well-known partners and so opening up new In 2003 the “Marco Polo” was extended with vehicles on the Mercedes “Viano”. Opening up the market began in 2004 the delivery of the first James under the trade mark Sprinter Westfalia” in the USA. won the well-known manufacturer “Airstream” as a partner. The first James on the basis of the new Sprinter left the in Rheda-Wiedenbrück in 2006. In the same Westfalia presented the first of the Big Nugget with long at the Caravan Salon. In 2007 the was taken over by Aurelius AG and a new of the Sven Hedin was produced on the of the Crafter. In 2008 Westfalia its first semi-integrated vehicle in than 50 years, with the premiere of the WestVan at the “Caravan und Touristik” trade fair in The base for the legendary Westfalia

Sven Hedin switched to the Sprinter in 2009. The launch of the Vivaro L2 started in the same offering more room for needs. As the leading transit van Westfalia converted Fiat for the first time in 2009, the Fiat Scudo-based Michelangelo was to the public. In 2010, Westfalia the multi-mobile on the basis of the Fiat thus expanding its model even more. Finally was acquired by the Rapido group in

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