Hooniverse Van-Tastic Weekend – The Beginnings

I know our esteemed Mr. Brennan is focusing primarily on domestic vans, but let’s face it, knowing my own obsessions, I couldn’t possibly let the weekend pass without at least touching on the van that started it all.
Oh, sure, some will cry foul, and insist that the domestic vans were of a breed all their own, and not influenced at all by the Volkswagen Station Wagon. And they would be wrong. Sure, the domestic vans were larger, heavier, more powerful, capable of a 0-60 time of less than a minute, and capable of hauling larger loads, but the Volkswagens were first, and they were totally different from everything else that was out at the time.
This particular version is a T2 “bay window” that I found in the Kootenays of British Columbia. It was, as you can see, for sale, and I spent a long time agonizing over the possibility of purchasing it. Unfortunately it was just a little out of my budget, and I honestly had no place to store it. I still don’t.
I really do need a barn so I have more space to store vehicles. Or maybe just a warehouse. Someone contact Didorosi, I’m sure he’s got a spare warehouse somewhere.

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  1. tonyola Avatar

    There's no question that the VW pushed the domestics into compact vans in the early 1960s. Driving an early Westfalia, however, is only for the truly committed types – my oldest brother owned a couple of them and I drove them on several occasions. You can measure acceleration with a sundial and the realistic top speed is maybe 55 mph. Don't think about A/C if you want the engine to last because the power is already very marginal. Windy bridges are loads of fun too.

    1. longrooffan Avatar

      Yeah, I agree. I loved driving my old 72 day tripper Westy back in the early 80's and my 63 Falcon Station Bus more recently. However, upon reflection the memories of driving them are much better than the experiences of driving them. Having said that, this is a nice Bus I would welcome in my livery but just not as a daily driver. Need MOAR barn!

    2. Deartháir Avatar

      Oh you ain't kidding. I forgot to link back to my Old Car Review on that subject… but it's updated now, and here's the link for anyone who missed it:

  2. RSDeuce Avatar

    Shit, speaking of… I really liked the feature (bring us more!)
    I bet finding original survivors to review is tough, but the concept was awesome.

    1. Deartháir Avatar

      I got a very late start on it last year, but I'm hoping to have a little better luck now that the spring vintage car season is upon us.

  3. ZomBee Racer Avatar

    VW vans/buses will always be a sentimental favorite of mine, and I wouldn't mind rocking one as a daily driver either.
    Well, so long as I continue to live in a flat temperate area anyways…

  4. jjd241 Avatar

    So…torn…Westy or Chalet! I think the Blazer has to take the lead here. I've long lusted for a VW camper and would take one any day. The air cooled rigs do take a special mind set and a slower paced lifestyle. That Chalet in previous post would be so much more conducive to modern freeway driving and when you hit the end of the pavement you don't have to stop!