Are there any vehicles quite as iconic in the history of the automobile industry as the Volkswagen Bulli and Transporter? The Bulli was quickly nicknamed the VW bus and claimed wide success and popularity all over the world, particularly in the 60s, the decade that followed closely on the heels of the Bulli’s 1956 debut. Now, 60 years later, Volkswagen is commemorating the VW bus anniversary by organizing a museum exhibit at the plant where the bus was originally produced.
The original date of the Bulli can be traced back to March 8, 1956, when the very first Volkswagen Bulli rolled off the production line at Volkswagen’s new (at the time) plant in Hanover. These days, the Historical Museum of Hanover is organizing an event to celebrate and remember the long legacy the famous VW bus has left behind. Incorporating everything from eyewitness accounts, real vintage Bullis, photographs, and live reenactments, the exhibit will also allow Volkswagen representatives to guide visitors through VW’s latest production processes.
The event, running from March 9th until June 26th of this year, is not only a tribute to the Volkswagen Bulli itself but also to the partnership of Volkswagen and Hanover. Volkswagen has contributed greatly to economic growth in the region, allowing thousands of people to hold down steady jobs for 60 years now. In addition, Volkswagen has also worked closely with the city of Hanover to solve transportation issues for its residents
The VW bus anniversary is also the anniversary of when Hanover won out over 230 other towns for the site of Volkswagen’s factory plant. The move proved to be a smart one for both Hanover and Volkswagen, as the growth that followed in subsequent decades was founded on a stable and lasting partnership. Plus, we got a pretty cute bus out of the deal, too.