Everyone Has a Story About Old VW’s

Posted on September 15, 2017 at 3:10 PM by Dawn Gee

Maybe not in the near future, but at some point I would like my work vehicle to be a WV Westfalia or a camper van where the top pops up. It would be a great conversation piece and icebreaker. I don’t know what it is, but all generations from millennials to people my parents’ age know about the old VW’s. Even the young crowd will give a peace sign or thumbs up whenever they see someone driving around in one.


I’m always amazed when I start a conversation with homeowners about the VW’s. Especially the older crowd who was in high school back in the 1970s and 1980s in Iowa. Everyone has a story, even though they might not have owned one themselves (it could be a friend or family member). There’s always an interesting story about the Volkswagen bus or bug. Either it broke down, they rolled it into the ditch, or they entered into that contest to see how many people you could fit into a bug. Before I know it, I’ve talked with homeowners for hours about the old VW times.


The cool thing is, back in the 1970s and earlier, you could go to K-Mart and buy pretty much any part you needed. You could buy points, fuel pumps, distributor caps, plugs, wires, spark plugs, etc. It was all there at the local K-Mart.


I always wanted a VW Thing, but I never could pull the trigger. The VW Thing is getting harder to find and they are expensive if they are in good condition. Depending on where you are in the United States, you might be able to find plenty of other Volkswagens. The west coast, Florida, Oregon, Washington State, Arizona, New Mexico, and Pennsylvania still has them driving around.


I would like to get a VW Westfalia, drive that sucker around, and give estimates. It would be great to make a Facebook video too.

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