" Transporter T1 Nicknamed the 'Bull' , this first of a kind vehicle i.e. forward controlled, rear engined commercial van, went into production in 1950. It was the end of a story that started three years earlier when Dutch Importer Ben Pon "
"We were thinking about who has been most influential in the world of van life. Tough one to call. My thoughts turned naturally to - and then immediately away from - the Dutch importer Ben Pon and the VW Camper. "
"Vanlife is cool. Vans are the perfect accompaniment to your suite of lifestyle choices. They promote you well across social media. They hashtag your life wondrously. You get lifestyle envy every time you key in hashtag van life. Beautiful people. "
"Custom vans summed up American car culture of the 1970s. Intense marketing of these youth-oriented, Rock'n'roll lifestyle vehicles was pushed to the max. Featuring a distinct type of look, colour and feel, 70s custom vans produced for some of the "
" Pauline and Terry Cronin's 1968 Dodge 108 Custom camper is as charming as any labrador. "Some people take their dog for a walk," says Pauline. "We take our Dodge for a walk." Pauline is a retired educationalist and has been the partner "
"The 2CV was famously conceived by Citroën President Pierre Boulanger to drag the French farming population into the modern era - but in introducing this car he unwittingly created one of the most enduring archetypes of global car culture. "
"There’s a book you can get called ‘Robert Opron: L’Automobile Et L’Art’. We haven’t read it because it’s incredibly hard to find and will set you back nearly £200 - but if you Google around you "
"When you glance back to the art being made in Europe around the time of the May ’68 student riots, there’s often a desire to connect the Molotov ministrations that were occurring on the streets to the palpable sense of "
"We don't know how to define it. But there's something distinct about French car culture. It's encoded in the machinery that is made, designed and consumed in France, too. Here are five objects that put clear water between the culture "
"The birth of the scooter coincided precisely with the post-war boom in the consumer economy. And along with the industrial boom came an explosion in what used to be called 'Commercial Art'. This was the age of the Ad Man. "
"The 125cc Vespa T5 was arguably the last sports Vespa developed and produced by Piaggio, the creators of the Vespa scooter. Launched in 1985 the T5 can trace its roots back to the first Vespa Gran Sport 150 (GS) of 1955, which was "
" What does the scooter mean to you? It depends of course on your perspective. For some, the small displacement, step through scooter (with a skirt) is redolent of mid-century modernism, evoking the smells of Soho coffee bars and the texture "
"Whatever your scooter preference - the long, sleek slimness of the Lambretta or the relatively substantial, reliable and zippy Vespa profile - the same artist-designer can be credited with coming up with the scooter formula. It was the end of "