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Spotted: Bay Window Bus in an old Burger Chef Commercial

February 4, 2017

Burger who? It’s funny to think that this one time fast food giant was once serious competition for McDonald’s. My personal experience as a child, the food was so-so and the giveaways were fairly lame, but the restaurant buildings were very nicely designed. While the very last Burger Chef is said to have disappeared as late as 1996 this TV commercial looks to be  from 1971, the chain’s heyday in the early to mid 70s. A kids football team heads in to their local Burger Chef for some food after the game. Below, some screen capture highlights for VW van fans.



Volkswagen Van TV Commercial – Spanish 1990

March 9, 2011

I’m reasonably sure this 1990 VW bus commercial is from Mexico where they started with water cooled Kombis much earlier than Brazil.  Brazil  is the only place in the world where they’re still made.  Whether you’re transporting ballerinas or businessmen there’s a lot of room in a Volkswagen van.

Brazilian Kombi Commercial (1997)

February 11, 2011

Two boys discussing cars. You don’t have to speak Portuguese to understand what’s going on here.  I’d take the Volkswagen as well, and let’s face it the ladies love a VW bus, as long as it’s not cold out.  Volkswagen Brazil seems to have retained that sense of fun that Volkswagen of America had in the 60’s and 70’s.  I think that’s because on the South American side of the Atlantic the Kombi is still very much an economy car which makes it the perfect vehicle for clever advertising.

Volkswagen Type II Commercial (1982?)

February 5, 2011

This is said to be a Spanish Kombi TV commercial from 1982. One comment says this is the Argentinian version of the bay window bus and was produced from 1982 through 1990. At first glance the ad looks like it could be from the late sixties. Safe to say this can be categorized with the Brazilian Kombis.

VW Brazil Kombi History

May 18, 2010

Here we have a Youtube video depicting the history of split window Volkswagen vans in Brazil. Note some of the unique variants.

Esso Japan ad sports VW camper

January 16, 2006

Oil company honors a classic.

Esso VW

This picture came in today from Tim in Tokyo who writes, “I saw an ad you would love, a poster for credit cards featuring VW van.” Thanks a lot, always looking for material related to the venerable Volkswagen Camper. The one here seems to be a European model, perhaps British as the sliding door is on the left side, unless they simply flipped the photo to suit the ad. The poster is situated on a billboard as you would drive out of the station.

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