Westfalia are best known for their conversion of VW camper vans. The full name of the company is Westfalia-Werke, which is based in the town of Rheda-Wiedenbruck in the Westphalia region of Germany.
Westfalia became famous for converting VW camper vans in 1951, which then continued doing until 2003. The company also converted non-VW vans into camper vans, and also made trailers and other products. Their good work with camper van conversions inspired many imitators, but no company took their legendary status.
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In 1999, Daimler-Chrysler purchased a 49% stake in Westfalia-Werke’s van conversion division, and in 2001 absorbed the remaining 51%. Of course, since Daimler-Chrysler is a Volkswagen competitor, this meant the end of the Volkswagen-Westfalia partnership. While Volkswagen still offers pop-top camper conversions in Europe, they now do the conversion themselves. Meanwhile, Westfalia now makes high-roof (rather than pop-top) factory camper conversions for Mercedes vans.