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Examine it! VW Calfiornia Camping Bus

VW's California campervan made its first appearance 25 years ago, liberating vacationers from hotels and campgrounds. Its trademark was its pop-top with fabric sidewalls. Nearly 100,000 units have been built in the meantime.

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To mark the anniversary, test driver Mathis Kurrat took his own California on the road, following in the tiretracks of past generations from Germany to Spain, looking for a taste of nostalgia today.