From Japan, I believe this is a Subaru Sambar van dolled up to be a mini VW replica camper. Although unusual, I know the Sambars are done up new as campers in Japan for somewhere between 25 to 30 thousand dollars without the VW customization. I saw one at a Tokyo RV show a few years back. This faux Volkswagen treatment seems appropriate as the vehicle design was obviously inspired by VW years ago. I love the deluxe style rear bumper and the pop top which actually has a bed you can lie down on.
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September 27, 2006, I thought these were exclusive to Japan, but I’ve found that there is at least one company in the UK selling these clever little VW van look-a-likes. They’ve also been spotted in Canada where you can purchase imported used right hand drive Japanese cars that are at least 15 years old. The irony is that these vans, even before modification, were clearly inspired by the original Volkswagen vans. With flat nose design and engine tucked in the rear these critters already have a lot of VW spirit in them. This car sales company is selling them for around 6,000 pounds or about US $12,000. In looking through used car sites in Japan I’ve seen them for as low as US $2,000 used. They’re very basic and modified from more than one make of Japanese minivan. As Volkswagen has stayed out of the affordable van market for sometime it’s refreshing to see these colorful replicas, but are they legit with regard to VW and it’s copyright logo? Here’s a Motoring World video that sums up the fun of the VW replica van.
Finally, someone has done a bay window replica, looks good.