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21 window vans have a following for sure....

 

http://www.kxly.com/news/spokane-news/couple-declares-vw-bus-is-not-for-sale/27181740

 

 

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 SPOKANE, Wash. -

 

The year is 1966. Luna 10 became the first man-made satellite to orbit around the moon, Janis Joplin played her first gig and Volkswagen released a new bus.

The 21-window, rag top roof vehicle is usually the apple of Lashley's eye, but lately it's been the root of his pain.

"I sort of see people's interest, but boy were they making me miserable," Lashley said.

For the past five years, he and his wife, Debra have seen numerous people show up at their door daily asking if the bus is for sale.

"You're doing something, there's a knock on the door, the dogs are going crazy, you stop what you're doing and go answer the door and it's someone asking about the car again," Debra said.

Debra finally got fed up with the constant attention. Last week, they put up a sign on the bus that reads “Not for sale. Don't ask. Don't call. Don't trespass. Do not knock.” So far, so good. Their plan to ward off avid Volkswagen fans has worked. 

"At first it was nice, but your whole day is constantly interrupted," Debra said.

She said that they would get a minimum of six visitors a day before the sign was up. Some brought cold hard cash to prove the deal was real.

"A real estate guy stopped by and I think he had $47,000 in cash," Debra said.

The bus is their son's dream vehicle. The couple saw it on the side of the road 25 years ago and bought it for a mere $1,700. For the first 20 years it was with their son in Olympia. Now it's parked in the carport at their home on Driscoll Boulevard waiting for Rod to give it a new motor.

Rod does love it. He just wishes he would have put it in the garage before the motor died.

"If I would have realized I was going to get the amount of attention I am with it, I would have tried to hide it a little,” Lashley said.

Lashley said one day he might sell the bus, but not anytime soon. If that does happen, for those interested there will be a “for sale” sign replaced by the current one. 

post #2 of 29
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Originally Posted by Philpug View Post
 

21 window vans have a following for sure....

 

http://www.kxly.com/news/spokane-news/couple-declares-vw-bus-is-not-for-sale/27181740

 

 

"The couple saw it on the side of the road 25 years ago and bought it for a mere $1,700."  Irony meter?

post #3 of 29

Sounds like a better investment than Forever stamps.  

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post #5 of 29
My older brother had a VW Microbus in the early 70s. I went in it with him skiing at Blue Knob, PA a few times. I helped with the driving on some of those trips and what I remember most vividly about it was that it sucked on hills! Slowed to about 40mph or less on any kind of hill, even on the interstates at low mid-Atlantic elevations. Badly underpowered compared to modern vehicles, but allowed him to tote his ski, scuba, camping, and surfing gear all at the same time:-)
Looked something like this IIRC:
http://www.vwbussale.com/2013/02/1972-vw-bus.html
post #6 of 29

My own personal list of "Top 10 Dumbest Things I've Ever Done" involves a VW Microbus.

 

It was the summer of 1969 and I was attending the University of Akron. A fraternity brother told me he was going to the Woodstock Music Festival in his VW Microbus and he had room for me. Being the idiot that I am, I turned him down.

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My own personal list of "Top 10 Dumbest Things I've Ever Done" involves a VW Microbus.



 



It was the summer of 1969 and I was attending the University of Akron. A fraternity brother told me he was going to the Woodstock Music Festival in his VW Microbus and he had room for me. Being the idiot that I am, I turned him down.


 



Yeah, but on the bright side you saved some brain cells to become ski road tripper/camper extraordinaire in your old age :-)
post #8 of 29
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Originally Posted by DanoT View Post
 

My own personal list of "Top 10 Dumbest Things I've Ever Done" involves a VW Microbus.

 

It was the summer of 1969 and I was attending the University of Akron. A fraternity brother told me he was going to the Woodstock Music Festival in his VW Microbus and he had room for me. Being the idiot that I am, I turned him down.

 

Haha. Funny. I can go quickly through a "top 10" list of dumb things that include a VW, some are just dumb, some are just real dumb. 

post #9 of 29

I've only known one person my whole life that drive a VW bus.  It was late 80s on Long Island.  Dude almost always had something green for sale on hand.  I went to see The Who Farewell/ Reunion tour with him and some other friends at Giant Stadium on 1989.  We took my car and another sedan.  VW wasn't reliable enough to trek to Jersey. 

 

 

Unrelated, I also saw The Who Farewell tour in 1982 at Saint Paul Minnesota Civic Center.  Got the t-shirts too.

post #10 of 29

Neighbor growing up had his dad's VW bus, I'm not sure which year but  from late 60s or early 70s. Dad grew up in Newport Beach, brought it to CO with him. Rode to high school in it most mornings, and went to Red Rocks a few times in that thing. It had a round hole in the floor, and I won't deny that it was the perfect size for dropping beer cans when you felt the need to, um, do so. I'm sure the guys used it for other things too, but I never did. 

post #11 of 29

My father-in-law had one, a birthday present from his wife for his 40th birthday.  He called it the jolly wagon, and I believe he saw it as a symbol of his escapist dream.  You leave your dull, routine job and go off into the world, driving slowly.  You camp where you feel like camping, by a trout stream, or under a mountain.  You set up the cookstove and a chair.  Breezes, the rustling brook, the pale hot, high-altitude sun, a good book, and enough beer.

post #12 of 29
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What is crazy is the value of not only these older vans but what even the newer VW's (Chrysler rebadge excluded) and Westfalias are going for. IMHO, stupid money considering what the alternatives are out there for small camper vans. 

post #13 of 29

The Microbus that had the spare tire mounted to the front sported the industry's first air bag for improved head on protection.:D

 

 

 

I always liked my Eurovan MV, our family Vermont stalker of the early 2000s.

 

post #14 of 29

Mazda had a 4WD/AWD van out late 90s that caught my interest.  I wasn't able to find one so I went with the Trooper LS that gave me several years of solid ski mountain service.

post #15 of 29

I went on many an adventure with my aunt, uncle, and cousin in their early 70's VW bus. My cousin's husband has been restoring it.

 

Wonder when this one will go into production? I'd love to own one!

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I did some time in a buddy's Microbus in high school. What  a dog. We used to joke that we should cut the floor out and 'Fred Flinstone' it to get up hills. The thing would barely hit 60pmh with 4 people on board. It was cold in the winter and hot in the summer. It is hilarious that they have become so valuable.

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I bought a '68 VW bus ($700) from a guy who literally died that same weekend - before we both could go down to the DMV and do the paperwork.

 

Being 20 years old at the time I wasn't all that concerned about it and made plans for my next Hatteras surf trip. My friend and I were going to stop at a campground about 3 hours away where his parents had already set up camp and then go on up I-95 to North Carolina. The bus wasn't having any of it - it died suddenly (like the previous owner) about 15 minutes from the campground. At least it was close enough to hitch a ride and plan our next move - which was to borrow his Dad's ancient gas guzzling Plymouth sedan and continue our journey. Burning oil and dripping brake fluid we coasted through intersections in Savannah at 4:00 am looking for a gas station. There was no brake pedal whatsoever by the time we pulled into Willy's Service in the middle of the most African American part of Savannah late on a Saturday night.

 

But Willy was open for business of all varieties, thank god, and we got what we needed and went on to surf some pretty good waves.  I had to put a grand into the VW when I got back and drove it for a year or two until the novelty wore off.  The title problem became a problem. I fixed it by purchasing an almost new Cosworth Vega (#29) from the local Chevy dealer who made my title problems and some cash go away.

 

I also have a story concerning a mid engine Corvair powered Deserter GS car that sat in my bedroom for 4 years but never made it to completion. It sucked up enough of my income to probably buy a couple of used Corvettes.

 

Life seems pretty boring now...

post #19 of 29
A lot of my fondest travel memories center around my '67 VW camper van. And the country between Hwys 49 and 395 in California. Oh, and along Hwy 1.

It was responsible for a lot of pain and suffering as well. Many, many stories. I'd only get one now for nostalgia value and if I had a lot of annoying disposable income.
post #20 of 29

Who else wants to see this thing brought back again??
 

post #21 of 29

^Yes, but only if it's rear-engine and RWD. Air-cooled is negotiable.

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No love for teh karmann ghia?

 

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No love for teh karmann ghia?

 

 

 

Tons -- so long as you don't hit anything.  (I guess that could be said for anything of that era, though.)

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Originally Posted by MT Skull View Post

No love for teh karmann ghia?

Tons -- so long as you don't hit anything.  (I guess that could be said for anything of that era, though.)

You sure didn't want to run into anything in a VW van. There's just that sheet metal of the front between you and whatever. It's like the driver is strapped to the front of the vehicle. Scared myself badly a couple of times.
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Who else wants to see this thing brought back again??
 

21 window vans were great for cruising the Alps and for families and hippies, but the Thing (named because the marketing people couldn't think of a name) was good for little...at least safely.  It was basicly a retooled Nazi Kubelwagen staff car.  It was the right idea, but poorly executed.  It was brought to the USA at a time when VWs were torn apart to make off road vehicles.  Note: This was well before SUVs for you younger people.  A five mile per hour crash in any direction could probably kill a passenger, sunlight blinded the drivers and passengers, and the inside had too much exposed metal making it too hot or too cold every time you sat in it.  The Thing was doomed, but dune buggies survived. 

 

Images like these that American's who fought in WWII remembered helped doom "The Thing.":

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Edited by quant2325 - 8/5/14 at 11:47am
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A five mile per hour crash in any direction could probably kill a passenger, sunlight blinded the drivers and passengers, and the inside had too much exposed metal making it too hot or too cold every time you sat in it. :

 

:dunno

post #27 of 29
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Originally Posted by MT Skull View Post
 

No love for teh karmann ghia?

 

 

Well, yeah, actually!

 

Ran across a pic of my 1963 Karmann Ghia. Yes it had recently had one of those infamous engine fires. (photo from 1985)

 

post #28 of 29
I found one of me back in the day, doing what I did a lot - working on my '67 camper:


Love/hate.
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