They must be bonkers, it's a lot of money too pay for a coffin on wheels which it will be if they have a front impact crash!Did anyone else watch it? £48K for restored VW Camper. Love 'em but bonkers.
They must be bonkers, it's a lot of money too pay for a coffin on wheels which it will be if they have a front impact crash!
Built and designed before safety was a consideration,a coke can on wheels,and we all know how easily they crumple.
A friend of mine crashed one back in the 80's and there was sod all left,he's gone and there's loads of them still around ,ironic really .
Ignorance is bliss and so is nostalgia.
Lets face it, they were of little use as a motorhome 40 years ago. Slow, thirsty, cramped, noisy, heater never worked. I never could understand why the likes of VW campers, beetles and mogy minors have the following that they do. Strange old world.
Guilty on all charges. We had a '75 Veedub Kombi for 7 years after we decided to get shot of the trailer tent, which took longer to set up than Billy Smart's Circus. The kids were still young and and small enough to sleep inside it, and at £3000 it was all we could afford. We did all our family holidays in it including surfing trips to France, and I used it for weekend surfaris to North Wales. I refurbished the interior (as you do) for peanuts using pine planks and scraps of old vinyl floor covering. As others have mentioned, every journey was a potential adventure - ours had three trips on a recovery truck. Winter outings were always chilly as the heating didn't work. Fond memories of staggering out of the Irish Sea in February, dragging my longboard across a field full of cowshit, extracting my chilled body from the wettie out in the windblown car park then trying in vain to warm up in front of the cooker with both rings on full.
It's very easy for those who've never made the effort to own and run an old Veedub to pour scorn from the lofty heights of an expensive air-conditioned A Class, but I loved that vehicle to bits and wouldn't swap those years for anything. My kids are now in their twenties and keep asking 'Why did you sell the VW Dad? They're so cooooool". When we finally sold out and shamefacedly bought a coachbuilt I passed the old Veedub on to another surfer for £3000 - zero depreciation.
For my affectionate VW Kombi tribute, originally published in Motorhome Monthly (no less) in September 1998, click on the following:
Discovering the Kombi Nation
I hope there's a least a few of you out there for whom it will ring a few bells - as the advert once said: Only a surfer knows the feeling.