Friday, March 8, 2013

March 8: Volkswagen Bus

On this date in History .... 1950:

Volkswagen begins production on the VW Microbus and gives the American “counterculture generation” a mode of transportation that becomes an iconic symbol of hippies and free love.
The bus was only the second product offered by the Volkswagen company, the first being the VW “Bug”.  The bus had a number of nicknames including “hippie van”, so named for its popular use of transporting hippies to their concerts and camping events. The VW logo on the front of the bus was often changed to a peace sign.  
The bus was used in the movie "Back to the Future" as the vehicle of choice for the Libyan terrorists.
It was also featured in the sitcom "That 70's Show" (seen here at marker 2:40) and ended its role in the show when it fell off of Mount Hump.
Kids will remember it in the movie "Cars" when the animated vehicle named Filmore was played by George Carlin.

And who can forget the fun ride Hurley had in the Dharma van in this episode of "Lost"!

Production of this vehicle will stop on December 31, 2013.

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