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Vintage VW Cars and Buses for Sale

Updated on January 9, 2017
John Snell X in his 1959 VW Double Door Panel Van
John Snell X in his 1959 VW Double Door Panel Van

Where to Find Cool Classic Air-Cooled VW Buses

Welcome to Vintage VW Cars and Buses, featuring the wonderful restoration work of Minneapolis Volkswagen enthusiast John Snell the Tenth.

Here, you'll find mostly vintage VW buses for sale (Beetles, Ghias, and air-cooled Porsches, too), photos of past and current restoration projects, as well as some background on the wonderful world of vintage Volkswagens, with stories from enthusiasts around the world, and perhaps even info on upcoming classic car shows, VW swap meets, and other events— that sounds swell to me, how about you?

Our vintage vehicles usually sell pretty quick, but if you are lucky you might catch one while you are here.

1976 VW Westfalia Camper Ready for Summer
1976 VW Westfalia Camper Ready for Summer

Here's a beauty— a classic 1976 VW Bus from Sunset Classics in Minneapolis, Minnesota. This Westfalia camper bus is in amazing original condition inside and out and is ready for some fun-in-the-sun camping!

- Happy V-Dubbin!

1962 23 window VW bus for sale in Minneapolis, MN.
1962 23 window VW bus for sale in Minneapolis, MN.

1962 23-Window VW Bus Project

A resto project for the true enthusiast! This is one rusty bus... but with some loving care (okay a LOT), she may be worth over $200k. This is the same year and model as the famous Barrett Jackson bus! If you have the tools and time, she is one fine investment!

Other than some rust this bus is nice and straight in the sides and nose. This bus was built late August of '61 making this one of the first "fried egg" front turn signal buses made. If you are looking for a fun project bus, this is a perfect example with a big reward when you are done.

Poll: Do you name your car? Surely you name your car? No, and don't call me Shirley

How much do you love your vintage VW, or plain old vroom vroom? Many V-dubbers I know think of their cars and buses as part of the family and fondly give them a name. I'm wondering how many of you fine folks name your car.

Do you name your car?

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1961 23-Window VW Deluxe Bus
1961 23-Window VW Deluxe Bus

After a Three-Year Restoration, This Is One Mighty Cool Deluxe Bus

If the previous photo is the before, this one is what can happen after a no-expense-spared restoration! This 1961 23-Window VW Bus was completed in May of 2014 and turned out as one of the most amazing Sambas I have seen.

An extensive restoration by Jeff Gagnon of Vintage VW in Sioux Falls, SD sets this 23-Window bus up as a contender to the famous Barrett Jackson bus that sold for over $200,000!

But WHY!! What makes them so special and so valuable that they will fetch mid 5 figures even in the rustiest condition?

Guess you just can't put a price tag on nostalgia, and these fun buses exude nostalgia by the bucket load - I mean who wouldn't love to have one of these world famous buses to tool around town in?

Below you'll find a walk around video of one of these popular 23-Window VW Buses.

Featured 1965 VW Bus

Sunset Classics and Vintage VW Cars have a nice collection of videos on the ol' YouTube, and to start you off check out the fantastic 1965 VW Bus - a 21-Window VW Deluxe bus or Samba with skylights, sunroof, a 1776cc engine, and safari windows! I love those safari windows, how about you?

If something a little wild crazy and shagadelic is your thing, head on over and check out the video— if you are looking for a cheap bus, this is your gal, but she's not cheap in the sense that you wouldn't want to be seen with her behind the bleachers kinda cheap, she's more the long walks on the beach and a good toasty campfire at night kinda cheap (I don't know where I'm going with that— you can bring her home for a paltry $3995, that's what I'm sayin').

What's your Thing? - Vintage VW Love What's Your Favorite?

What is your favorite vintage VW?

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This is a beauty— a lowered California 1965 21-Window VW bus with a 1776cc engine, skylight sunroof, and those safari windows I sure do love.

Classics like this are becoming harder to find. When one comes up for auction, they tend to go quickly. That certainly was the case with this nice blue bus as it sold before the auction completed.

1974 Volkswagen Pop-Top Camper
1974 Volkswagen Pop-Top Camper | Source

In the dead of winter camping season couldn't come sooner and this great VW camper in Santa Barbara, CA is in nice condition inside and out. I'm ready for some serious road trips! Find out more about this cool classic Volkswagen.

1961 Split-Window VW Bus
1961 Split-Window VW Bus

1961 Split-Window VW Bus

This fine VW Bus has sold but you can still see more for sale on the ever popular Volkswagen Bus for Sale page! The VW Bus holds an iconic place in the hearts of people world wide, even if you didn't grow up when these classic buses were first made, you can still enjoy the lifestyle in a great bus like this.

Here we have a Southern California Split-Window that is very solid. (Gotta love those Cali deserts for finding great old buses.) The engine (1600cc) was line board, has fresh bearings, and brand new pistons and cylinders were installed. The builder of the motor has done several VW motors in the past (including some for racing) so you can be sure this was done right. So pack up the camping gear and hit the road in this spiffy split-window bus.

1962 VW Ragtop Beetle for Sale
1962 VW Ragtop Beetle for Sale

1962 VW Beetle Ragtop

While we do love our VW buses we still have a soft pot (oops meant to say spot— really I did) for vintage ones. And we've got two beautiful 1962 VW Beetle sunroof bugs - nothing says vroom vroom like a sexy ragtop VW Beetle!

More details, photo galleries, and videos of our current Volkswagen Beetles for sale.

It's a bit chilly for camping season around these parts, but with this great '74 Westy Pop-top bus you can enjoy a mighty fine road trip year round. All decked out in some classic '70's Yosemite Yellow paint with a blue and green plaid interior. It has a sink, a stove, and a refrigerator, and sleeps four adults comfortably.

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1974 VW Thing
1974 VW Thing

Three VW Things Sold in Three Days!

Hey gang— we had the opportunity to sell three— yes that's right, three— VW Things in just 3 days!

The orange restored 1973 VW Thing above and the rare avocado green Thing to the right... and an orange Thing that will make a great restoration project for the lucky buyer.

While we don't often have that many Things for sale all at once we do get a few now and then. Stop by our page of VW Things for sale and peek at all the ones sold and currently for sale, as well as lots of photos and juicy details.

Safari Grande: Acapulco VW Thing Limousine
Safari Grande: Acapulco VW Thing Limousine

Acapulco VW Thing Limousine

What do you get when you slice and dice a 1973 Thing with one from 1974? A Thing Limo with heat in the front and back! Now that's style!

This beauty is THE "Safari Grande" featured in Dune Buggies and Hot VWs built by Larry Dustman of the Thing Shop in Arizona.

1957 Oval Window Beetle Restoration

Follow the restoration progress of this cool old Oval-Window Beetle. Below are before and after (ready to be painted) photos of this vintage '57 Oval Window Beetle. For the complete story of the car's history and restoration process, look it up at Vintage VW Cars.

A Super Fine Orange 1970 Karmann Ghia

This beautifully restored 1970 Volkswagen Karmann Ghia features a rebuilt engine, new interior, sunroof, and CD player, as well as many more fine additions. The best addition could be YOU behind the wheel.

This great Ghia was one of the first cars sold after starting Sunset Classics so she has a special place in our hearts, but we've had the pleasure of offering many more Ghias for sale.

If you aren't familiar with VW Beetles, they have a mighty fine turning radius as shown in this fun little vid! (That's John, the funky fresh founder of Vintage VW Cars, driving.

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Reader Feedback - What VW Bus, Beetle, Ghia, or Thing are you driving?

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      Paul howard 7 months ago

      how much is the 1962 23 window VW bus for sale in Minneapolis, MN.

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      blestman lm 3 years ago

      I am looking into a newer VW bug -- convertible of course. However, One of those 21 window buses would be great too.

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      HotrodLouie 3 years ago

      This is a great lens, I'll be following!

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      usedcarscoza 3 years ago

      Vintage VW for me is all about the Golf Mk1 and Beetle :-)

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      Rusty Quill 3 years ago

      @Aladdins Cave: Sorry Aladdins-Cave I don't remember. She was a beauty tho, and the value of a nice looking VW bus has been going up these last few years.

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      Aladdins Cave 3 years ago from Melbourne, Australia

      How much did the Westly sell for ???

      Thanks and Cheers from DOWNUNDER

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      I think that the VW is a true people car

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      Rusty Quill 4 years ago

      @kingandy: Send him on over, thanks for stopping by with a comment!

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      Rusty Quill 4 years ago

      @socialcx1: Thanks much, glad to hear you've been part of the VW dub club. :)

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      Rusty Quill 4 years ago

      @SBPI Inc: That's a great story Jonathan, sorry to hear it didn't work out for you... it's never too late to buy a bug, or a bus or perhaps a nice sporty Ghia. ;)

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      kingandy 4 years ago

      Great lens! My brother used to buy vintage cars and restore them, he would definitellu enjoy this one...

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      Indi-ish 4 years ago

      Great lens! I'm on my second Dub - a MK3 Jetta - 'Liebe'...it's only my second because I had an '88 Fox - 'Dieter', that was my miracle car....best car I've ever had - drove it for thirteen years and still miss it. HAD to sell it, and the guy that bought it dropped a new engine in it, and is allegedly racing it....

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      socialcx1 4 years ago

      I owned 4 over the years and loved them. This is such a cool lens and I so enjoyed it. Well done mate.

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      SBPI Inc 4 years ago

      In 1961 at 20 I had just gotten married and my new wife wanted a 'bug' so bad that we went to the dealer in Croton, NY which was on rt 9 just uo from the rr station and ordered a white 'bug' which was very reasonable in cost. Dealer said that it woud be in the following week and he would call us to finalize everything. A week and a half or more later I finally called to get a status report on the order and was told that it was delayed for a week. lol Happened three more times and he finally told me the truth "it was back-ordered because of the high denand and we would unfortunately have to wait till ours was made. We decided right their and then to cancel. I realty think that both us would really have liked that car but we just could not wait. I have never owned a Volkswagen. Great lens though and some unique models which I would have considered.

      Thank you for sharing.

      Jonathan,

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      trinimatt 4 years ago

      great lens, vintage cars are always interesting

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      bt55 4 years ago

      Great lens. Lots of fun to drive a vintage Beetle. And no emissions testing to deal with. I have a 1974 super beetle that I must sell. no more room to park. Its just like my first beetle back in 1973 that brings back many fine memories. I wish they all could be CA cars.

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      BenMoreno 4 years ago

      Great lens, I love old VW's. Nice job.

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      Cynthia Haltom 4 years ago from Diamondhead

      My dad gave me 3 old Volkswagen and told me if I wanted a car I needed to make one from the parts. I surprised him by making 2 of them.

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      Ana Dilber 4 years ago

      I am a huge fan of VW cars. My first car was VW Beetle, but now I am driving VW Golf 5.

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      Spoonjr 4 years ago

      My first VW was a 65 baja bug, my next was a 69 bug with a sun roof, and my third was an 59. I wish I still had the 59, traded it for a big street bike and the guy hacked it up and made a flat bed on the back. I have threatened for years to get a bus or vanagon, someday I will have one.

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      geosum 4 years ago

      Great lens. Brings back lots of memories. Had a 914 Porsche with VW engine for a time. Currently drive a VW TDI Jetta.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Really nice lens. My neighbor has restored 2 1970-ish VW Vans. They look great in his driveway. He alternates driving them. Also - yes, I do remember the VW Thing.

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      Tay Henry 4 years ago

      Shure, vw was and is it still id n1!

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      JoshK47 4 years ago

      I'd kinda like a VW Bus... it'd be pretty cool to have.

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      MichaelDubrovnik 4 years ago

      Beetle - my very first wheel from my late aunt and it's still rocking (sometimes).

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      ohcaroline 4 years ago

      Really cool bugs!

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      bloggerjon 4 years ago

      Love VW and if your a fan this is a great lens, some lovely VWs here. . . blessed!

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      PaigSr 4 years ago from State of Confussion

      The bug and the van I remember. The Thing is the one I have been trying to find a picture of to jog my memory. Thanks.

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      thegreenninja 4 years ago

      These are gorgeous! Yay!

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      virtualgeek 4 years ago

      Great lens! Wish i could buy myself one of those :0

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      InfoCoop 4 years ago

      Have always wanted a Karmann Ghia. It will be my mid-life crisis car. Awesome lens!

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      Yvette Munro 4 years ago

      Great lens. Brings back lots of good memories.

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      DivaChick LM 4 years ago

      use to drive 1969 Karmann Ghia

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      I had a 72 VW Bus for about 5 years, but had to give it up when the mechanic left the business. The Type II engine had duel carburetors which could be tricky to adjust. He was unfortunately the only VW expert in town. Loved it though and would get another in I could.

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      anka05 4 years ago

      We had a VW Caddy but sold it two years ago. It was really a good, strong car and very roomy. Now we're thinking our next car to be a Touran. Wonderful lens - blessed!

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      JBradshaw 4 years ago

      I don't have a VW bus anymore. Sold it a while back since I could never find the time, or the money, to restore it. I had a '67 21-window. Man, I loved that thing. Now I have a Jetta. Excellent lens! +++Blessed+++

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      VspaBotanicals 4 years ago

      I want one! Excellent lens.

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      DebW07 4 years ago

      VW Beetles have always been my favorite; I also really like the white convertible VW Bug in the video â cute!

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      tobydavis 4 years ago

      Fab lens - such fun vehicles with so much personality!

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      Aibrean82 4 years ago

      I don't have a car, but definitely got my eye on a VW bus! I love this lens! I wish I could like it ten times over, but one will have to do. Thanks for sharing!

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      blessedmomto7 4 years ago

      I learned to drive in an original beetle. Love the bus too!

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      PterodactylSoup 4 years ago

      For me it has to be a Westy with Devon Pop Top but I do love the "newer" Westy panel vans - I just think they make perfect surf buses.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Fantastic lens. I am a big fan of the camper!

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      vectorland 4 years ago

      Great lens :D

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      RivenRunsDeep 4 years ago

      VW Beetles are so cool

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      VioletteReibert 4 years ago

      I love old Volkswagens!

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      myspace9 4 years ago

      Nice and beautiful lens.

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      TarahFlesch 4 years ago

      Nice lens! :)

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      RafaelRais 4 years ago

      This lens... is... awesome!! :)

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      IssacAlouf 4 years ago

      Love this lens :D

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      snickersthebest1 4 years ago

      Old School Lens, Love it!

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      mecheshier 4 years ago

      I love the old bugs! Thanks for the fabulous lens.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Gotta Love the VW buses. They still have intrigue after 50 years. Relaxed, laid back lifestyle is what feel thinking of one. If you need one shipped call the best auto transport company out there, www.foemostautotransport.com

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      ZackBromberg 4 years ago

      Awesome lens :)

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      peterjunior lm 4 years ago

      nice lense with good information

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      dodgecommander 4 years ago

      nice lens i like it

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      bt55 4 years ago

      My first Car was a 1973 Super Beetle. A Great Car! I have 2 vintage1974 Super Beetles now which I would sell. It has a straight body, and a nice interior too. Good work promoting and sharing info on some of the best selling cars in history!

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      BrianLGilman 4 years ago

      Nice lens, man!

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      adrianjohnstone 4 years ago

      Squidliked!

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      GlennHilario50 4 years ago

      You really did a great job on this lens!

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      EliseSaenphimmacha 4 years ago

      Super Lens!

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      Lemans 4 years ago

      I love hippies VW combi, nice lens.

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      RedEyeTV 4 years ago

      Sweet lens! Just got my first beetle and loving every minute of it...

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      JulianaKellin 4 years ago

      Nice lens! :)

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      spids1 4 years ago

      great lens love this!

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      EstebanCramblet 4 years ago

      Awesome lens!

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      Reputation Mana 4 years ago

      Super duper lens!

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      MatthewDasher 5 years ago

      I love those little VW van/bus things :)

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      MotorolaDigitalVideoBabyMonitor 5 years ago

      :) Great cars fro vw definitely:)...Thumbs up for great lens...

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      DMVAgent 5 years ago

      Great lens, there are lots of benefit you can have in buying cars like this. One of it is the financial advantage, of course! Most of classic cars are inexpensive. Classic cars also gives a coolest ride, having a cool ride is worth all the effort.

      More views about cars and others, visit websites about cars. like the dmv.com

      Keep up, squidlike.

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      KristoferPurple 5 years ago

      Just wanted to drop in and say this is an awesome lens! :)

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      carsalestube 5 years ago

      Great article on VW's

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      GracoNautilus3-in-1CarSeat 5 years ago

      Some of ww cars are so great and funny:). Great great great lens. Please visit my lens thank you...

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      JesusDensford 5 years ago

      Love those old VWs! So cool!

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      newcarpaintprotection 5 years ago

      After visiting your lens, I wish I still had my old VW

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      hicliner 5 years ago

      Loving the '76 Westie.. Suoperb

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      PickupTrucksFan1 5 years ago

      I drive an 84 GTI but really like the air cooled cars. Great lens...

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      ElisaHenken 5 years ago

      I just LOVE vintage VWs! Great lens!

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      TheBeautifulLife 5 years ago

      I love your lens. I didn't see many years this cars...Thank you

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      HouseBuyersOfAmerica 5 years ago

      nice lens on VW cars and buses...

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      Ddharma 5 years ago

      Thanks for the ideas!

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      jenjenjenga 5 years ago

      cool

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      Canvas-Art-Shop 5 years ago

      The Acapulco looks awesome!!

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Great lens man. Thank you.

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      steph-naylor 5 years ago

      I just dropped by to say 'super lens' Thankyou!!

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      carsandautoblog 5 years ago

      None...right now.

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      AnthonyJamesCreative 5 years ago

      Great lens! We love getting our VW camper vans back to their orignal condition & hacking around the New Forest in them!

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      PristeamDetail LM 5 years ago

      Pretty Sweet Lens man. 501 squid likes, nice!!!

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      BowWowBear 5 years ago

      Owned a 1978 VW Bus. My First car. I put over 40000 miles on it. Great lens! My wife is from Minnesota, I'll have to check you out when we are up there!

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      keitter 5 years ago

      thanks, just putting a VW campervan lens together now , this lens is a monster and some great examples of vintage VW

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      SoutheastCylinderHead 5 years ago

      I don't know about the new VW but the old ones were fantastic in the snow up north. A little cool on the inside but it didn't matter when you were driving past the cars stuck alongside the road. This article took a lot of research, thanks for the memories.

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      Laura Brown 5 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      I saw a yellow VW van (I never heard them called buses before) while we were out driving today. I've always liked them but never owned one.

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      sandi_x 5 years ago

      Great. I love vinatage cars. Does anyone remember trabant from NDR.

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      CameronPoe 5 years ago

      I remember the VW Bus. My uncle took us camping along with our cousins when we were 10 or so. Fun times.

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      caffimages 5 years ago

      Wow lots of vintage cars here. I'm adding you to my vintage car rallies lens. Thanks.

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      Rusty Quill 5 years ago

      @Joanna14: Hey that's mighty nice of you - hope you are able get some more VW bus camping in. :)

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      Christine Hulme 5 years ago from SE Kent, England

      Have featured this on my vw camper van gifts lens.

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      Christine Hulme 5 years ago from SE Kent, England

      Hope to get another vw bus one day, like we used to have for a number of years. Had great fun in it and travelled many miles with our family. Great lens!

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      Steve Dizmon 5 years ago from Nashville, TN

      I owned 2 Bugs and a Karmann Ghia during the 60s & early 70s. Wish I had the Karmann Ghia back. Nice Lens.