Lucky for you, Long Island is blessed with people who like waste. And stupidity. This combination of waste and idiocy is displayed perfectly in the ideals of some car collectors. However, the LI VW Club is one exception. No one would ever think of putting money into an air cooled econo box from a different decade is a bad idea. Neither do I, so I went to their latest car show on September 13, 2008 in Deer Park Long Island. Of course there was more than just vans there, so here is an album of all the interesting photos. Please forgive my including regular (non-van) VWs, but some of them were rather interesting. Enjoy!
Found in Locust Valley, NY: What is looks like we have here is a mashup of two of Volkswagen’s most popular vehicles. It seems like some really smart (read: bored) person decided to chop and lower a VW van… and then put it on a Beetle chassis! If you’ve ever had a bad idea, I don’t think it could be this bad. The van was actually so low, it’s dual exhausts had rusted into the dirt on which it was parked! The only thing this is missing is two pieces of toast popping out of the top.
What we have here is another example of a sweet T2 van. Sadly, we have yet to find anything older, as the East Coast doesn’t treat these fine transporters well. (Not like those lucky west coasters!) The blankets covering all the windows do more to describe the destitute drug addicts living inside then all the camping equipment thrown on top. There is some king of weird CB radio thing (obviously for monitoring police channels), and this van looked like it hadn’t moved in a couple of days. Please take note of the (matching color!) Schwinn Traveler in front! (This was found just north of south Philly).
So this ad for a (non-Syncro!) 1988 VW Vanagon was just hanging off some pizza place near the Adirondacks. If there is one thing that you can learn from the Adirondacks, it would be NOT to get pizza there. It could also be ‘don’t buy a Vanagon here.’ First off, an automatic combined with a ‘new rebuilt’ engine? Also, how can a 1988 van be ‘new since 2004’ (Bullet point # 4)? I don’t know, but does the new propane tank justify the ~$12,000 selling price. High Five for suckers!
So apparently beaches are the cool hang out spot for these vans. Just like the purple van that is listed below this was found in field 5 of Robert Moses Park. Unlike its purple brethren, it is slightly more ugly! This swamp monster of Westfalias is beautifully decorated with speedy stripes, lifestyle promoting stickers and your daily requirement of rust. This van apparently runs, and is one of the few that isn’t in a garage. I think if our masked hero poked the metal side paneling his hand would go right through!
What we have here is another T2 VW bus with some kind of tall-people adapter installed as the roof. The snazzy basement windows installed on the side perfectly complement the tugboat-style tire installed on the front. The bizarre roof made me question the use of this van, camper? or methlab? Either way we’ll never know as the interior was empty.
This van was also found in a repair shop. What else is new. Enjoy the pictures of our explorers!
Do note however that it is in for repairs though…. There was also so enough fluid leaking out of the bottom of this thing to bathe a Transformer.
Well, we found this right before the red van below. This van, like most VWs, was in a repair shop parking lot. Although it may not have the charm of its older brethren, it probably still has the same cop-appeal. This particular van still has the enviable pop-top and actually belongs to the Long Island Greyhound Rescue. Although newer, safer, it appears it is no more reliable than other, older VWs. So, does this count?
What we have here in this picture I think is more interesting not because of the van, but because of its excellent surroundings. Clearly, this is located in some type of Volkswagen and VW derivative graveyard. Note in the first picture: our heroine in front of our older van, next to a detenté era VW sedan (with bonus bird’s nest on hood), surrounded by Porsches, and a BMW (?) convertible in the foreground. Excellent.
A sweet bonus of this find was that the inside of the van was stuffed to the brim with aircooled engines! (Look in the window next to her head).
What we have here I think is one of the older Volkswagens from our collection. You can see from the sagging suspension, hanging metal bits, and questionable color that this van has seen better decades. What is really important to note here is that this picture has a story. Note the sad faces of our heroes in the first picture – after a full day of trekking through every thrift shop in Philadelphia, people tend to get disheartened. Alas! Upon their 6:30 pm walk across the city back to home, they come across this wonderful example of 60’s design, and everyone is all smiles. I think this was taken a couple of blocks away from that gigantic building with Ben Franklin on top of it.