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.
What we have here is a sweet 1970’s T2 VW bus. This lovely lavender people-mover has obviously been put to good use, as you can tell by the tin foil curtains and suction cup Garfield. This excellent example with some sort of removable roof segment (ex-camper?) was found in Robert Moses Beach parking field 5.
Now for the interesting information. This picture was taken on or around April 15th, 2007. It was a chilly “spring” afternoon and was preceded by a lovely walk on the beach. We’re all pretty sure that it was the beautiful Crystal (the lady on the left) who pointed out this fantastic “road-trip” vehicle machine in the parking lot. We discussed road-tripping and how the VW would be the most suitable of all the vehicles to trip in, that is if it would actually turn on. And thus we decided to commemorate that lovely moment in time by taking a single photo in front of this purple and white VW (we pretended for all the onlookers that it was actually our own). Little did we know that this single photo would lead to us searching out EVERY VW Van in the world.com. Enjoy.