A Little VW Transporter History

Volkswagen’s bus is one of the most recognizable vehicles ever made. The VW bus wasn’t only a hit in post-war Germany, as its popularity stretched across the Atlantic to the U.S., where it became a counterculture icon of the 1960s. Though it had its U.S. heyday in the 1960s, the van’s history stretches before and after this time period, with tons of enthusiasts and collectors all around the world.

Known in the U.S. as the VW Bus and in the U.K. as the VW Camper, the official name for the vehicle is the Transporter. This name for the VW bus is especially fitting, as the vehicle quickly became popular for its ability to carry large groups of people. With the automobile’s huge influence on the countercultural movements of the 1960s and its striking design, it’s easy to see how the iconic VW bus evolved through the years.

Known as a Type 2 Transporter, the trucks were introduced in early 1950 and was one of the most advanced commercial vehicles of the time due to its frameless unit-body construction, which had more than 10,000 welds.

Because the Transporter was derived from the Beetle, VW engineers purposely shared their mechanical components as much as possible for supply simplicity and reduced costs. The four-speed manual transmissions and air-cooled boxer four-cylinder engines (1,200-, 1,300-, and 1,500cc’s) powered both vehicles through 1967, which was the Transporter’s last year with split-windshield styling. Despite being chronically underpowered, the Bus and its variants’ curb weights were kept down, and VW engineers equipped them with reduction boxes. These boxes contained two extra gears on the ends of both rear axles that reduced the transmission’s final drive ratio to a basement-level 5.73:1; this allowed for a respectable 3/4-ton payload capacity but limited top speed to 50-65 mph, depending on engine size. The Beetle also donated its basic four-wheel independent suspension with enclosed torsion bars, suitably modified for heavy-duty use.

Both Volkswagen models underwent a gradual metamorphosis, evolving only as engineering refinements or safety regulations decreed. The medium-sized Transporter proved popular for both commercial and private use. The box-on-wheels could be had as a basic panel van, a work/personal Kombi van with removable seats (1950), a deluxe “Samba” bus that seated eight (1951), and in 1952, as a Single-Cab truck (a factory-built three-door Double Cab would follow in 1959). The VW Pick Up bed was lined with oak strips, earning the German nickname “Pritschenwagen,” and designed as a platform with no wheel-arch intrusions. Its folding side and tail drop-gates gave the vehicle amazing flexibility for loading and hauling. The locking compartment under the bed, situated between the engine compartment and the cab, and popularly known as the “treasure chest,” offered another 20 square feet of weatherproof storage. Single Cab and Double Cab Pick Ups could even be optioned with a bed-mounted metal and wood frame that was covered with a fitted canvas tarpaulin.

In ten years of production, the 1962 Pick Up had gained engine displacement, grown a full-length dashboard, new bumpers and DOT-appeasing lamps, received a better fresh-air ventilation system and minor sheetmetal refinements.

Fun Bits About The Trucks

We drive them everywhere & it’s a blast, even with the old school 4 speed transmission, no air conditioning or power steering

If you give us a honk on the road and we are in the OG just know her horn doesn’t work, we will try to give you a peace sign

We have the best VW mechanic located in Safety Harbor, Florida & we call him the “VW Whisperer” & when either VW visits we to it as a “Spa Retreat”

Posies fleet ranges from 1960 to 1971 & are all German made

There’s a large Florida based VW group called Local Volks that all of the girls belong to

The trucks have a sister from another mister, a 1965 VW Camper Bus named Sky #skyvwbus

Posies Flower Truck
Thank you #tampabay & #winterpark for being awesome! We adore you & you will forever be our valentine! 

2024 Valentines Lineup: 
@hydeparkvillage 
@ajchocolatehouseusa 
@riflepaperco 
@oxfordexchange 
@utcsarasota 
@fergsstpete 
@armatureworks_tampa 
@starkeymarket 
@pawsnrecstpete 
@pawsnrecpearl 
@pawsnrec 
@metwestinternational 
@posiesflowertruck_winterpark 
@highwoodsproperties 
@powerdesigninc 
@hccfl 
@fatbeetfarm 
@rollinsmarketday 
@thunderbugtbl 💕 

Special thank you to @wfla & @brianda_villegas_ , @fox35orlando for the fantastic coverage!

#valentines #valentines2024 #epicadventure  #vwtype2 #flowerstagram #flowers #posiesflowertruck #tampa #winterparkfla #sarasota #bradenton #floridalife
Round 1 of playing Cupid: ✔️ Arrow aimed, hearts fluttering, round 2 here we come!

Thank you to our special round 1 hosts,  @hydeparkvillage @metwestinternational @utcsarasota @ajchocolatehouseusa @starkeymarket @oxfordexchange @armatureworks_tampa @riflepaperco @fatbeetfarm @fergsstpete @foxtailcoffeeco - we love you! 🥰 

Round 2:
Tuesday: @rollinsmarketday @highwoodsproperties (Avion) @hydeparkvillage 
Wednesday: @ajchocolatehouseusa @hydeparkvillage @armatureworks_tampa 
Thursday: “Doghouse Day” @pawsnrecpearl @pawsnrecstpete 
Friday: @hydeparkvillage 

(Times can be found on our website, link in bio)

💘 #CupidAdventures #LoveStruck #winterparkfl #tampabay #flowers #flowerstagram #posiesflowertruck #valentines #valentines2024 #weloveyou #vw #vintage #makepeoplehappy
💕 “You had me at hello” 💕 

Say hi to our newest family member, who has yet to be named!! For now we call her the “Newbee” - she’s a 1971 VW bay window and today is her maiden voyage as a Posies Flower Truck. We have an ongoing debate about getting her all Posiefied, in our Posies blue, but you know she’s kind of growing on us, little swirls & all! 

She’s making her debut all over Tampa Bay for Valentines!!! Today find her @hydeparkvillage until 4pm!

#vw #flowerpower #flowers #posiesflowertruck #posiesflowertruckwinterpark #blooming #valentines #valentines2024 #flowertruckfriday #valentines2024❤️
🌷💖 Grab your besties for a blooming good time as we dive into the art of flower arranging, laughter, and love! 🌹👯‍♀️ 
Let’s celebrate friendship and create beautiful memories together. 

Save the date, tag your gal pals, and let the fun begin! 🎉🌼 💐 Early birds get the petals AND the perks – snag your tickets below for $10 off now through February 4th 🎟️💖 Grab your spot before it’s gone!

https://bit.ly/posiesgals2024

#GalentinesDay #FloralWorkshop #BloomingFriendship
Find @posiesflowertruck_winterpark today from 12-5pm @ajchocolatehouseusa - they have Peonies & so so so much more!

#winterparkfl #winterparkflorida #ajchocolatehouse #saturday #saturdayvibes #flowers #flowersandchocolate #parkavenuewp #vw #vwsinglecab
“Wherever we want to go, we’ll go.” Captain Jack Sparrow

He tried to commandeer the OG, maybe we should have let him, just in time for Gasparilla?? 🏴‍☠️💰🦜 (We found ourselves slightly obsessed with the captain!) 

Thank you @archwellhealth for including us in all your grand openings! It was an absolute blast and pleasure to have played a small part in your future success in our beautiful community!

#tampabay #gasparilla #gasparillatampa #pirates #captainjacksparrow #piratesofthecaribbean #allinadayswork #archwellhealth #posiesflowertruck #theblackpearl #tampalove
Guess what our sweet fun loving @bizzyhart was doing? All comments will be entered into a drawing to win $50 worth of flowers! 🌸 💕 🏋️‍♂️ 🥶 

(Winner announced Friday, Tampa Bay only) 

A) Trying to stay warm
B) Seeing if she can keep her hat on while touching her toes
C) Joining in on a @barrys outdoor workout
D) Living her best life
E) Who cares, her fit is 🔥

#hydeparkvillage #barrysbootcamp #tampabay #tampalove #babyitscoldoutside #warmup #posiesflowertruck #livingherbestlife #fitonfire #florida #floridalife #barrys #workoutroutine
The Posies Fleet! 

Keeping up with this flower adventure is not easy. Here’s a glimpse of the ladies in order of when they arrived. #skyvwbus was our first VW and well, she’s responsible for the rest?!! Couldn’t have just 1 or 2 or 3!! We can almost be our own Posies Parade! 

On a side note, getting everyone all Posified has been a challenge to say the least. But we are slowly making progress!! Rosie is in the final stages of much needed metal work and then off to paint, Blossom well she has been our problem child with all sorts of issues, good thing she’s so cute and Rain is patiently waiting!! The Newbee, oh my gosh, she hasn’t arrived yet but we can’t stand the excitement.

Thank you as always for following our epic journey & we absolutely love making you happy, 1 flower at a time! 

#vwbus #vw #posiesflowertruck #posiesflowertruckwinterpark #blooming #vwsinglecab #vwdoublecab #vwcamper #girlboss #girlpower #flowerpower #florida #2024 #vintage #classiccars
🌹 Exciting News! Posies Flower Truck is Spreading Love in 2024! 🌹 

Love is in the air, and Posies Flower Truck is gearing up for a blooming Valentine's Week! ✨ We're thrilled to announce that we are now accepting pop-up and private event requests for the week of love in 2024. 💑🚚

🎉 Make Your Event Blossom:
From romantic pop-ups to private gatherings, let Posies add a touch of floral magic to your Valentine's celebrations! 🌻Whether it's a surprise date night, a Galentine's brunch, or a corporate event, our mobile garden is ready to roll to your location and create unforgettable moments.

📅 Week of Love Availability:
February 9th through February 18th

💕 How to Apply:

📩 Fill out our Valentines Day Form on our Website
🌸 Let us know your vision and preferences. 
🚚 Watch Posies Flower Truck bring the blooms to you!
Tag someone who needs to know, and let's make Valentine's Week 2024 extra special together! 💌🌿 #PosiesLoveStory #ValentinesWithPosies #ProjectBeMine #FlowerTruck #FlowerHour

Limited availability. Terms and conditions apply. Submission of the form does not guarantee your event. We appreciate your patience as we review every request! It is recommend to fill out the form no later than January 15th.
Happy New Year - “Celebrate endings — for they precede new beginnings!” 

Thank you for an amazing year!

#posiesflowertruck #tampabay #florida #winterpark #happynewyear #newbeginnings #letsgetthispartystarted #weloveyou
LAST MINUTE GIFT IDEAS

🎁 Posies Gift Card paired with a Bouquet 
🎁 Posies Hat, T-shirt, Bud Vase paired with a Bouquet
🎁 Posies Arrangement, bring a vase or buy one @hydeparkvillage or @riflepaperco and let us fill it with flowers
🎁 Posies and @seaside_sweet_shop Cookie Bouquet, order online and have it shipped anywhere in the USA. We can't guarantee it will ship in time for Christmas but it's the thought that counts!
🎁 Posies Wreath for those who wait until the last minute to decorate
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TAMPA
12/20 - Hyde Park 12pm - Until we sell out 
12/22 - Hyde Park 12pm - Until we sell out 
12/23 - Starkey Market 10am - Until we sell out 

WINTER PARK
12/22 - Rifle Paper Co. 12pm - 3pm
Get a free rose added to your bouquet this week on purchases over $25, while supplies last for Tampa and Winter Park. This is Posies last week out with the trucks until 2024, meaning your last chance to get fresh flowers for the year. We have holiday stems, wreaths, mistletoe and all you need for your holiday centerpieces and hostess gifts. Happy Holidays! 
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#flowertruckfriday #flowertruck #roses #gardenroses
On the trucks this week!!!! Gorgeous GIANT Hydrangeas, King Protea, Amaryllis, Garden Roses, Princess Pine Branches, Live Wreaths 24” & 28”, Ranunculus, Dahlias, Baby Blue Eucalyptus, Pussy Willow Branches & so much more!

SPECIAL THIS WEEK: Spend $25 or more & receive a FREE Rose. (Available Tampa & Winter Park, 1 Rose per $25, Limited Quantity)

#winterparkfl 
@riflepaperco Friday, Noon-3pm
@ajchocolatehouseusa Saturday, Noon-5pm

#tampabay 
@hydeparkvillage Wednesday & Friday, Noon until we have nothing left! 

#christmasflowers #christmasbouquet #tampaflorida #winterparkflorida #amaryllis #hydrangea #riflepaperco #ajchocolatehouseusa #hydeparkvillage #christmasseason #flowercenterpiece
A breezy Sunday morn @fatbeetfarm does a heart ❤️ good! We parked inside the barn & to say it was epic is an understatement. Our girl was all happy & smiley when driving to her sweet spot. The drive out was just as fun, oh the places we go. Thank you to everyone who came to see us today, it was nice seeing you as always!

If you haven’t been to  Fat Beet Farm yet, check in out, it’s such a beautiful location & the food is delicious! 😋 

#aquaponics #locallygrown #buylocal 
#oldsmar #oldsmarfl #holidaymarket #tistheseason #vwlove #flowers #flowerstagram #posiesflowertruck #christmas2023 #christmastime #chickens
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🐎 Posies & Ponies, AJ’S Chocolate House, OE & More!

Newsletter from the week of February 26, 2024

💕 Valentines Pre-Order for Pick-Up Now Open!

Newsletter from the week of February 5th, 2024

💕 No Fear, Posies is Here for Everything Valentines!

Newsletter from the week of January 29th, 2024

🎉 Happy New Year from Posies Flower Truck

Newsletter from the week of January 8, 2024

🎅 Last Call for Holiday Flowers 2023, Surprise POP UP SATURDAY in TRINITY & WINTER PARK!

Newsletter from the week of Dec. 18, 2023

🎅 The Posies sleighs are filled with holiday flowers, exciting news, pop ups & markets all month

Newsletter from the week of Dec. 4, 2023

Five-Time Nominee Daytime Emmys PBS show “Start Up” Features Posies!

Watch our fun & heartwarming story told by show host Gary Bredow from Start Up!

🛻 National Spot Light, Winter Park, Tree Lighting, Anniversary Party, VW Car Show & More!

Newsletter from the week of Nov. 2, 2023

Buckle up Buttercups, Posies is coming to Winter Park!

Grand Opening Celebration Saturday, November 11 @ the Rifle Paper Co., Winter Park, FL

🎃 Fall Flowers, Surprise FLOWER Give-a-Way, Cookie Bouquets, Flower Crowns & More!

Newsletter from the week of October 2, 2023

🌀 Marked Safe, Fall Vibes Activated, Introducing Blossom, New Merch & More!

Newsletter from the week of August 30, 2023

☀️ Happy Summer with Bexley, Hyde Park, Tampa Theatre & More!

Newsletter from the week of June 19, 2023

🎬 Lights Camera Action & Alaskan Peonies Party Time!

Newsletter from the week of May 29th, 2023

WFLA Tampa Bloom Studios Interview

Say hi to Daisy, Wednesday, May 10th 2023 Interview

💟 Mother’s Day, West Elm, Starkey Market & More!

Newsletter for the month of May 2023

🐰 Posies is HOPPING all over Tampa Bay!

Newsletter for the month of April 2023

❣️Local Love Day with Ashley, New Merch, New Art & More

Newsletter from the week of March 1, 2023

Galentine’s Day Photography by Will Miller

Galentine’s Day February 12, 2023 at Fat Beet Farm

Success Interview Valentines 2023

These Mobile Flower Trucks Make Their Businesses Bloom
By Ashley M. Biggers

Tampa Bay Times Article

For Stephanie, this has been a “natural transition” due to her background in web development and media.

💕 Posies Flower Truck’s “Project Cupid” Activated!

Newsletter from the week of January 30, 2023

💕 Grab Your Besties & Join Us for a Posies Galentine’s Arrangement Class

Join Posies Sunday, February 12th for a creative Galentine’s Arrangement class with bottomless Mimosas at Fat Beet Farm!

🎉 Story Time, Bexley, Cafe Vino, Starkey & More!

Newsletter from the week of January 2, 2023

Merci Bouquet – Part 1

Story time…this is a doozie! It was a typical Wednesday at Posies (November 30th to be exact).

The Little Red Truck That Got Away – Part 2

Story time continued…2 weeks later David and a fellow VW friend John

🎁 New Posies Apparel, Children’s Dream Fund, Old Hyde Park, City Furniture & More!

Newsletter from the week of November 28, 2022

🍂 Thankful, Black Friday UTC, City Furniture & More!

Newsletter from the week of November 21, 2022

🎈Posies Flower Truck 5 Year Anniversary Celebration!

Newsletter from the week of October 31, 2022

🌻Beautiful Fall Weather, Starkey Market & More

Newsletter from the week of October 3, 2022

🌻Fall Vibes, Bexley Community, Thirsty First & More!

Newsletter from the week of September 20, 2022

🛼 Flowers, a Skating Rink, Starkey Market & More

Newsletter from the week of September 12, 2022

🥂 Flowers, Cookies, Brunch & Curated Vases

Newsletter from the week of September 5, 2022

Amanda McPhee

🧰 Posies Flower Truck closed for routine maintenance

Newsletter from the week of August 30th, 2022

Baby Blue Eucalyptus

🛻 Posies Flower Truck heads to Safety Harbor

Newsletter from the week of August 22nd, 2022

Flowers + Champagne Brunch – Palm Harbor

Join us for a brunch at one of our favorite spots in downtown Palm Harbor!

To Pretty to Eat!

Some fun Posies themed cookies created by our favorite cookie lady, Jennifer of Seaside Sweet Shop!

💕 On the move to Marcotte’s Design in Largo this Saturday!

Newsletter from the week of August 15, 2022

💙 Posies Love = Saturday’s at Starkey Market

Newsletter from the week of August 8, 2022

☕ Posies Flower Truck pop up in Dunedin this Saturday!

Newsletter from the week of August 1, 2022

Kendra Scott & Posies Collab

Every Friday purchase a Posies Bouquet & show at the Kendra Scott store & receive 15% Off!

⭐ Posies Kendra Scott collab, Land O’ Lakes pop-up & more!

Newsletter from the week of July 25, 2022

🎈Let’s Keep this Alaskan Peonies Party Going!

Newsletter from the week of July 18, 2022

🎈Let’s Get The Peonies Party Started Trinity!

Newsletter from the week of July 11, 2022

🎉 Let’s Get This Peonies Party Started!

Our first ever summer Alaskan Peonies Party!

🎉 Let’s Get This Peonies Party Started!

Newsletter from the week of June 27, 2022

Aqua Nights at The Florida Aquarium

We are so excited to be a part of The Florida Aquarium’s Aqua Nights! Our first visit is this Friday, July 1 from 4pm – 8pm.

Blue & White Inspired Flowers All Week ⚡

Newsletter from the week of June 13, 2022

🌸 Posies Flower Truck Around Town

Newsletter from the week of June 6, 2022

Posies Adds Yet Another Truck

Our newest truck has joined the Posies family!

Doing Good in Tampa Bay!

The Mike Alstott Family Foundation never ceases to amaze, what a local treasure!

Eliza Doolittle Pop Up at the Straz!

The rain in Spain stays mainly in the plain!

Some Bunny Loves You @UTC

Posies Flower Truck & the Easter Bunny teamed up to bring something EGGSTRA special!

Posies Brings the Pretty Sweet to MOTE SEAsonal Tasting

2022 MOTE SEAsonal Tasting event held on Thursday, April 14th!

Posies & ThunderBug = Love!

ThunderBug and Posies, the bringers of LOVE across Tampa Bay!

💗 Valentine’s Day Pre-Orders & Pop-Up Schedule Now Available!

Newsletter from the week of February 1, 2022

Driving Miss Daisy!

“We truly were not expecting it to happen this quick” says Stephanie Frank, owner of Posies Flower Truck.

Exciting Fast-Casual Concept Brings the Latest Addition to the St. Pete Culinary Scene

Exciting Fast-Casual Concept Brings the Latest Addition to the St. Pete Culinary Scene…

Posies in Pink

Posies in Pink with JP Morgan Chase for the American Cancer Society Making Strides walkathon!

Posies Attends Wellen Park Groundbreaking

Groundbreaking for a brand new downtown Wellen being developed in Venice, Florida, what a gorgeous new area!

Tampa Premium Outlet Teacher Appreciation

Free bouquets to teachers you say? Why yes, yes yes, let’s do this!

Posies Renews with Hyde Park Village

We are excited to announce we have renewed our relationship with one of our most popular pop-up locations, Tampa’s Hyde Park Village!

Flowers = Happiness

“How did you get here?” is the most asked question Stephanie Frank hears about acquiring Posies Flower Truck.

Posies Flower Truck Under New Ownership

David and Stephanie Frank of Oldsmar, Florida purchased Posies Flower Truck on May 27, 2021.