Always wanted to own a classic Volkswagen Beetle? While the market can count on new cars substantially getting better year-over- year, the collector car market ebbs and flows in ways that can puzzle even the experts. The VW Beetle lacks four of these traits — we concur with those who find it beautiful and well-designed, but it was never rare, high powered, racy or expensive.
After starting up inZelectric Motors has quickly made a business out of retrofitting electric powertrains to classic Volkswagen Beetles. The San Diego-based shop also performs its electric magic on other classic cars, including Porsches and Manxesand recently completed what we'd call its coolest conversion yet: a Volkswagen Type 2, complete with signature first-generation split windshield, sunroof and sliding door. It's a beautiful example of iconic 20th century automotive design updated with 21st century drive technology, or as Zelectric likes to say, "retro future.
Home Volkswagen News Motorhomes. By : Zach Doell. The trailer that accompanies it is, said to be a microbus-specific Eriba Puck camper, and one of only five surviving models in the world.
Popularly connected to the Hippie counterculture movement of the s in America, the spacious Type 2 design gave owners the ability to move large groups of people comfortably and economically even for long-distance road trips. Wikipedia - Van. Volkswagen Type 2 Microbus. VW Type 2 has a height of.
Being armchair observers in the world of classic autos, we know these old buses have a storied history and are supported by a seriously devoted following. To find out, we dialed up a couple experts on the matter — one from the auction world and one from the enthusiast realm — so we may better understand the bonkers phenomenon that is the vintage VW hippie bus. It appeals to someone that only ever wanted a window bus, or to the type of collector that has Ferraris, vintage American cars; a wide range classic, iconic vehicles.
The Volkswagen Type 2known officially depending on body type as the TransporterKombi or Microbus, or, informally, as the Bus US or Camper UKis a forward control panel van introduced in by the German automaker Volkswagen as its second car model. Following — and initially deriving from — Volkswagen's first model, the Type 1 Beetleit was given the factory designation Type 2. As one of the forerunners of the modern cargo and passenger vans, the Type 2 gave rise to forward control competitors in the United States in the s, including the Ford Econolinethe Dodge Aand the Chevrolet Corvair 95 Corvanthe latter adapting the rear-engine configuration of the Corvair car in the same manner in which the VW Type 2 adapted the Type 1 layout.
With electric vehicles becoming more mainstreamand few capacious EV options for families, the Volkswagen Microbus aims to fill a largely untapped market. While the all-electric minivan currently only exists in concept form, VW has confirmed a production version will be sold in the United States. The Microbus moniker commemorates the German company's iconic Type 2 Microbus—or VW Bus for short—which inspired the van's retro design elements.
At that time, in the mid-'60s, American cars were land yachts with gas-guzzling V-8 engines draped in acres of chrome. Then, along came this odd-looking van with high seating, a horizontal steering wheel and an air-cooled engine. I wanted one badly.