While I was drooling over the many old Fiats, Lancias, and Alfas at last weekend’s Tutto Italiano car show, it was none of those passionate, oil leaking, firey pieces of awesomeness that caught my heart. Nor was it any of the Ferraris, Lambos, or other, more modern, investment portfolio show-offs. No, it was this VW Vanagon which was quietly making its way through the crowd on its way to the other side of the museum, where there was still some parking space, which became a show of its own.
Just look at it. First of all it was super clean; no dirt, no rust, no dents, no scratches.
But clearly this was more than just a clean Vanagon. Slightly lifted and on all-terrain tires, it looked just right. Looking closer I saw the ARB-ish (not sure exactly which company made them) bumpers. In the front it had a set of auxiliary lights and in the back there was a tire carrier and a ladder. Easier to miss were the rock-sliders on the side.
On the roof was a large ARB rack with a Hi-Jack attached to the left side and an awning on the right.
If it was mine I’d ditch the stickers ASAP.
I loved this thing. Inside, where I was expecting to see a refrigerator and perhaps some sliding storage, was nothing. Just two very clean factory front seats and two headrest-less benches; a two and a three passenger ones.
I’ll be the first to admit that I do not know much about these Vanagons. In fact it wasn’t until I started writing this that I realized that Vanagon is a combination of the words wagon and van. How clever. Is that what they were called the world over or is that a U.S. market name?
I wonder what was under the hood… or whatever the rear engine cover thing is called.