Nothing is more American than the summer road trip. The annual trek from point A to point B has defined the summer months for many people, and nothing can replace the fun of being on the road and seeing new places. Although these trips should be light-hearted and fun, there are serious decisions that must be made that can have huge consequences on the overall success of the trip. The vehicle of choice for the road trip can make all the difference; a bland, boring car can make the trip an unbearable commute, while a flaky, interesting van can make the trip not only life-threatening, but bring the kind of excitement that makes you appreciate living more.
This picture clearly shows one such couple embracing the more exciting side of the summer trip, choosing quite possibly the most under-powered vehicle around, but also one of the most interesting. Maybe the subtle hints of sunlight reflecting off of their van will help melt some of this snow we are currently seeing.
This fine example of a coffee colored T3 was found somewhere in Mineola, NY. Not much going on with this particular van, except for the color, which reminds me of coffee, or tiramisu, both of which are preferable to owning a VW. It was in pretty good shape, inside looked nice too, no bedding materials or food wrappers! Wow!
You know when you have a CD in your car stereo for too long? It’s just there, spinning, playing, until it becomes part of your car’s normal operating sound. Part of your driving experience. Days pass, maybe weeks, and then one day, you realize you HATE this music. It has slowly, yet surely, drilled itself into your skull, brain, and psyche. What once started as an enjoyable, good sound, is now the most irritating thing ever to vibrate your ear drums.
This is NOT how Volkswagen owners feel. They will keep listening to the same crap, buying the same crap, and doing the same crap. And obviously, driving the same crap. Here’s a great example, parked in Maine. Somewhere in Portland’s art district.
This fine example of a T3 was found in the college town of Providence, RI. Parked close by to Brown University, this was most likely some kind of ‘off-campus housing’ arranged by some clever (read: broke) students trying to get by. That being said, the roomy interior of the T3 probably offers more livable space than most dorms, and also has bench seats! It’s a win-win.
What we have here is a fine example of a 1980s Transporter. Painted with a similar theme to a deli-paper-coffee-cup, this van is just about as exciting. As you can see, this is not a special camper model, just a plain-jane people mover, no curtains, beds, people, dogs, or plants living inside, which I guess is kinda unique in its own way, especially for one of these vans…
This owner of this VW was forward thinking enough to realize that one day he or she would probably end up living in their van. With this idea in mind, it’s obvious that they took some time to prep the van for the new role it would play in their life – housing. This VW is equipped with a sweet pusher bar / pull up bar, for keeping fit or hanging clothes out to dry, as well as super luxurious Mercedes Benz wheels, which are only put on when company is coming over. Also notice the full curtains, for keeping the prying eyes of those pesky neighbors (or police!) out. What a find!
After hiking through the Hamburg area of Pennsylvania, we decided to stop in Philadelphia on our way back to NY. Here we have a prime example of a bad day made better – after slogging through the sad, gray, rain-soaked streets of Philly, we were greeted by the warm, comforting light of a T3 van, waiting to open it’s rusted doors and provide shelter. This of course, was not what actually happened, as this van was locked up tighter than a bank due to the prevalence of crime in Philly. Crime, and rain.
So this wonderful vehicle/storage closet was found up in beautiful Lake Placid, NY. Parked (or abandoned) behind some nice old houses, this van was filled with a bunch of junk, including the usual Volkswagen clothing collection, various crates of magazines, and enough blankets for a hospital. At least the kitchen was still in OK shape…