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YAK Car Pic of the Day

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Trying to identify the year of an old VW is never easy. Especially when you forget to check the registration sticker! Anyway, I’m going to say that this is a 1972 Volkswagen Type 2 (a.k.a. bus). It’s from the early years of the newer style bus, which was introduced in 1968, without the signature split-windshield. In 1973 the front turn signals got moved up next to the grille; and prior to 1972 the rear air intakes were shaped differently — so that’s my answer and I’m stickin’ with it! This red Westfalia camper-converted bus was seen a few weeks ago in a Lewiston repair shop parking lot.

— Jim Corbran, You Auto Know


  • Volkswagen has two things: amazing heritage vehicles and a willingness to produce modern retro versions of at least one – the Beetle.

    VW was supposed to build a retro Bus as a minivan, but never did because whatever. It’s never seriously considered re-doing the Karmann Ghia (partly because Ford owns the Ghia name now), and they’ve never tried the Type 3.

    VW also sells diesels in the US, and has done a disaster of a Chrysler rebadge as its three-row vehicle for the US, where it wants to offer a full line of vehicles like Toyota or GM, and not just be a niche manufacturer.

    With that said, I want a three-row VW with a diesel. An homage to the microbus would be awesome.

    • Jim Corbran

      They’ve also brought back the Scirocco, although it’s not available in North America (I think the original is better).
      The VW/Chrysler Routan minivan is no longer listed in their catalog. And it’s not the first minivan collaboration VW has had. Not available in N.A., the VW Sharan was also sold as the Ford Galaxy and the SEAT Alhambra.

    • Jim Corbran

      Alan, I see VW no longer offers the Routan van. Although it may have been slightly better-looking than the Chrysler/Dodge versions, it has one of VW’s more crappy names, along with the Tiguan and the Touareg.

  • rhmaccallum

    I looked for that era VW Camper Van a couple of years ago before I broke down and bought a motorhome. Every one I could find for sale was a wreck. My good buddy and I traveled in his back in the late ’60s, early ’70s.
    Not to incriminate myself but those were the days and we had a ball. Got so we could drop a blown engine, lift one from the junkyard, install it and be back on the road in about 8 hours.

    • Jim Corbran

      Unfortunately, most of them ARE a wreck these days. The ones that aren’t cost a small fortune. And even then, there’s the reliability factor.