Back in the 80s, I used to go to this cool little record store (remember records?) where the sign over the door read, “Since 1969.” The store actually opened in 1970, but the guy who painted the sign thought 1969 sounded cooler. I know by the placement of the front turn signals that this VW Westfalia camper was made between 1968 and 1971. I’m sure there are other clues to this Westie’s build year but I don’t know them. So I’m just going to call it a ’69, because it sounds cooler.
My Westfalia experience is nil. Heck, even my second-gen Bus experience is limited. A close friend’s family had one when I was in elementary school, a cheerful Bus in white over medium blue. And one of my high-school teachers had an early one in tan over brown. I rode in it once; I can’t remember why now. But I distinctly remember my awe at that Bus’s lack of power. It would be a kindness to describe its acceleration as leisurely. VW put more powerful engines in later Buses, but in ’69 the Bus still used the Beetle’s 1600 engine. So I can just imagine how slowly a ’69 Westie with all its gear would get up to speed.
This Westie’s heavily dimpled haunches appeal to me. They say that this Bus has been well used. But everything else about this camper says it’s been shown plenty of love.
I’d love to know what that “Nude Bus Club” sticker is all about, but Almighty Google has little to say beyond where to buy a sticker of your own. That search also links me to a lot of sites that my teenage boys don’t need to see me looking at.
The owner’s a member of the local VW club. I hoped I’d find more info about his Westfalia on the site, but I came up empty. At least I get to see this Westie every day – it has been parked here during the workday all summer, and I pass it during my commute. Props to the owner for driving it daily.