Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles is celebrating the 25th birthday of the Volkswagen California at Techno Classica (10 to 14 April 2013). 

The vehicle’s production figures are fitting for an anniversary: around 100,000 California vans have come off the assembly line over the past 25 years. 

A short retrospective of the history of this classic vehicle can be seen at the Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles booth in Hall 7. It begins with the T3, covers the T4 and progresses to today’s T5. Naturally, the vehicle’s T1 and T2 ancestors complete the recreational vehicle’s show appearance.

Unlike high-roof vehicle models and those with a long wheelbase, the California featured a pop-top roof that articulated at the rear over all of its years and generations. The exhibited models also show this feature. 

While most are the T3 “base version” of the California model of those days, the “Freestyle” is also on display – it is the most coveted and late special model and is based on the T4. The exhibition finishes with a current California Beach Edition, which once again embodies the initial basic idea of an economical camping van.

Source: VW