The Truth About Cars » Volkswagen Transporter http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com The Truth About Cars is dedicated to providing candid, unbiased automobile reviews and the latest in auto industry news. Sun, 19 Oct 2014 11:58:25 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.0 The Truth About Cars is dedicated to providing candid, unbiased automobile reviews and the latest in auto industry news. The Truth About Cars no The Truth About Cars editors@ttac.com editors@ttac.com (The Truth About Cars) 2006-2009 The Truth About Cars The Truth About Cars is dedicated to providing candid, unbiased automobile reviews and the latest in auto industry news. The Truth About Cars » Volkswagen Transporter http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/themes/ttac-theme/images/logo.gif http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com Junkyard Find: 1981 Volkswagen Vanagon Westfalia Camper Type P22 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2014/10/junkyard-find-1981-volkswagen-vanagon-westfalia-camper-type-p22/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2014/10/junkyard-find-1981-volkswagen-vanagon-westfalia-camper-type-p22/#comments Wed, 15 Oct 2014 13:00:04 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=930666 This being Colorado, I see quite a few Volkswagen Vanagons on the street and in local wrecking yards. Mostly I ignore them for this series, because their local popularity means examples that show up at a Denver self-service yard get stripped immediately and aren’t very interesting photographic subjects. So far, we’ve seen just this exquisitely […]

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12 - 1981 Volkswagen Transporter Westfalia Down On the Junkyard - Picture courtesy of Murilee MartinThis being Colorado, I see quite a few Volkswagen Vanagons on the street and in local wrecking yards. Mostly I ignore them for this series, because their local popularity means examples that show up at a Denver self-service yard get stripped immediately and aren’t very interesting photographic subjects. So far, we’ve seen just this exquisitely stereotype-reinforcing Steal Your Face Edition ’83, and that’s it prior to today’s find. An ordinary Vanagon with most of the parts gone, I’m not shooting it. A Vanagon Syncro (which I believe to be the most unwise money-pit available on four wheels or a Westfalia Camper, on the other hand, I’m always willing to photograph those rare birds. Here’s a squalid ’81 Westy that I found at a Denver yard last week.
17-Racing_Vans_In_24_Hours_of_LeMonsBy the way, it turns out that a VR6-swapped Vanagon Westfalia can get around Sears Point pretty quickly.
05 - 1981 Volkswagen Transporter Westfalia Down On the Junkyard - Picture courtesy of Murilee MartinThis one is a P22, which (from what I can tell from skimming fanatical Vanagon websites) was the lightweight “day camper” version.
07 - 1981 Volkswagen Transporter Westfalia Down On the Junkyard - Picture courtesy of Murilee MartinThe pop-up roof tent is long gone, of course.
14 - 1981 Volkswagen Transporter Westfalia Down On the Junkyard - Picture courtesy of Murilee MartinIt appears that this van got de-camperized quite a while before it took the final ride to the junkyard.
03 - 1981 Volkswagen Transporter Westfalia Down On the Junkyard - Picture courtesy of Murilee MartinPatina!
06 - 1981 Volkswagen Transporter Westfalia Down On the Junkyard - Picture courtesy of Murilee MartinNot a whole lot left here, and I must assume that the stuff that made it a Westfalia lives on in other Vanagons (or was burned as biohazardous waste, take your pick).

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Junkyard Find: 1978 Volkswagen Transporter http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/03/junkyard-find-1978-volkswagen-transporter/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/03/junkyard-find-1978-volkswagen-transporter/#comments Tue, 06 Mar 2012 14:00:15 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=432301 Like the Fiat 124 Sport Spider, your typical second-gen VW Transporter typically spends many years as a never-started project in a back yard or driveway (because everyone loves an air-cooled VW bus!), then washes ashore at a junkyard. I’ve been seeing these vans in about the same numbers in junkyards for a couple of decades […]

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Like the Fiat 124 Sport Spider, your typical second-gen VW Transporter typically spends many years as a never-started project in a back yard or driveway (because everyone loves an air-cooled VW bus!), then washes ashore at a junkyard. I’ve been seeing these vans in about the same numbers in junkyards for a couple of decades now, even as only the nicest street-driven examples have been kept alive. Here’s a ’78 with some extremely Malaise-y custom touches that I spotted in a Colorado yard last week.
It’s hard to imagine anything more 70s than a brown Transporter with hideous crypto-Native-American custom striping, also in shades of brown.
Like most junkyard VW vans, this one sat for many, many years before taking its final tow-truck ride.
The question here is: did the van’s final owner store the engine inside, or was it placed there by a junkyard customer who pulled the engine and then decided not to buy it?
It’s not especially rusty, by air-cooled VW standards (i.e., it’s not a vaguely vehicle-shaped red stain on the pavement), but it’s pretty much used up. Next stop: Crusher!

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Sad Vans! http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/04/sad-vans/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/04/sad-vans/#comments Wed, 06 Apr 2011 13:00:26 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=390194 Going to the wrecking yard on a grim, rainy day somehow makes all the junked custom vans seem even more depressing than usual. How much work went into that mural? The oil floats on the dirty rainwater, as the vans await certain death. That Mexican restaurant in Redwood City that had a jaunty VW bus […]

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Going to the wrecking yard on a grim, rainy day somehow makes all the junked custom vans seem even more depressing than usual. How much work went into that mural?

The oil floats on the dirty rainwater, as the vans await certain death.

That Mexican restaurant in Redwood City that had a jaunty VW bus as a delivery vehicle? Not so jaunty now.

This Dodge Tradesman lived through the heyday of the custom van, then endured decades of scorn before becoming ironically hip. None of that history matters now; within a month it will be in a smelter in Guangzhou. At least someone grabbed the diamond-shaped bubble windows.

Does anyone remember the Chevy Caravan?

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So Much Better Than Vinyl Car Wraps http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/03/so-much-better-than-vinyl-car-wraps/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/03/so-much-better-than-vinyl-car-wraps/#comments Sat, 12 Mar 2011 19:00:00 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=387065 German advertisers of the 1950s turned the Volkswagen Transporter into some of the best rolling marketing art ever. Enjoy this huge gallery of company-logo-ized German Transporters, courtesy of TheSamba.com. TheSamba via The MoOM Annex

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German advertisers of the 1950s turned the Volkswagen Transporter into some of the best rolling marketing art ever. Enjoy this huge gallery of company-logo-ized German Transporters, courtesy of TheSamba.com.
TheSamba via The MoOM Annex

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