This past Saturday, I had the opportunity to attend the 32nd annual Vintage VW Show & Swap, put on by the good folks at Cascade Kombis. I’m not the biggest VW aficionado, but I love a car show no matter what’s on display. I got up bright and early, grabbed my coffee and camera, and headed out the door. The show organizers promised this would be the biggest one yet, and judging by the turnout, they were right.
Check it out below the jump!
I spoke with the owner for about 20 minutes, and she was able to answer a lot of questions. This Type II is all original except for the front seats, which have been re-covered. The pole tent is original to the van. That’s an authentic Westfalia trailer as well, which she found in Miami. Apparently, very few were imported to the United States. The Germans thought of everything with this trailer; the tongue is removable, and the trailer itself stands on end for handy storage. She told me they have to pack gear on top of the trailer, or they can’t see it and forget it’s there! It’s very light and easy to tow.
This is one of my favorites. This 1968 Type II would be perfectly at home on a Northwest back road or on a sunny beach in Hawaii.
Just don’t get stuck behind one.
Another orange Westy. This 1977 model is a little simpler, but still looks great. One thing I took from this, my first VW show, is how friendly most of the owners are. They invited me to come in their tents, poke around their buses, and ask any questions I had. Very cool, guys.
Here is a 1966 European Westfalia. Per the owner’s notes, it is 95% original and unrestored. The popup top is called a Dormobile. This Westy came from the factory with a trailer hitch, tow hooks, the Cabana room tent, an AM/FM shortwave radio, and a gas heater. Talk about capable. Note also the swing-out doors and the color-matching spare tire cover.
The highly desirable 23-window van. This is a 1967 model is clean, simple, and functional with three rows of seating. Gorgeous.
As I mentioned, every kind of vintage VW was represented at this show – Beetles, buses, Things, Karman Ghias, 412’s, you name it. I look forward to sharing them with you soon. Let me know in the comments what you think of these buses.
[Photos Copyright 2013 Hooniverse/Marcal Eilenstein]