Old VW bus/transporter/pickup prices are going through the roof. Anyone want to speculate on what this guy’s collection, which he’s had for quite a few years, is currently worth?
Around 60-80K Dollars is my guess.
I saw a similar vintage Kombi motoring down I-5 just north of Eugene this weekend and it brought a smile to my face.
In Toronto I’d think all this would go for over 120k.
The split window is the moneyshot. Those haven’t really been obtainable to casual VW fans for some time. Even the ‘bubble window’ versions have been getting spendy.
I like that pickup. The ‘something different’ factor is appealing and the fold-down bedsides are a genius feature.
$40,000 to $120,000.00 depending on condition at autotraderclassic, these run from $9k to 30/40K for a completely restored ‘mint’ Bus.
The 21 window versions are the big bucks versions 100k-160k max restoration. One even had a Porsche 914 engine.
Enough that I would try to start keeping them inside?
Some might argue that storing them outside in Eugene is better than storing them inside a rust belt storage shed-
They may get washed down in the rain, but the temperature swings are less extreme.
Nice collection. Now I’d like to know what is stored inside! Whenever I see a grouping like this I think the best is not necessarily in view…these things being subjective, maybe there’s a bought new 1980s Japanese sedan in showroom condition.
I suggest this after knowing of a mint 1970 Dodge Phoenix moved onto a driveway so a new Honda Accord be stored undercover. After a few months outside the Dodge was sold which was probably for the best
Old VW vans – almost as good an investment as buying Bitcoin in the last decade or so.
Wow,I Didn’t know That They Worth That Much In USA.In Comparison They Worth Peanuts Down Here.
Ahem, where exactly are you, and how much is postage to Canada?
There are so many ways to value cars. For these, I’d say about 4-6 times more than a similarly-weathered collection of 1960s Rolls Royce cars would! But worth still less than a pair of 21-window VW bus examples.
The splitty and the bay window doka are the worthwhile ones.
I’ve been out of the bus game for a while after selling my ’60 Kombi back in 2014 but I doubt the conventional bays have ratcheted up much since. Still the poor man’s splitty except for the early ones.
Are they valuable because they’re all of a sudden very cool? Or is the toll of age and rust making the good ones that much more valuable?
It’s interesting yo see what becomes collectible. The price of 4wd pre Tacoma Toyota pickups for instance has gone a bit nuts.
Life is so weird. I see the prices that these old buses bring today, and I think of the split window bus that an old freind buried at his camp to use as a septic tank back in the mid 70’s. Strange shit.
I bet a few VW fans just had to change their underwear.
People are asking 90k for split screen vans here in immaculate condition though even projects are expensive a friend has a 66 partly dismantled he reckons would sell for 40k as is, so this is a seriously expensive driveway collection in the right market.
I suspect that these(and the Type 1 Beetle) will decrease in price down the road when the targeted market (aging baby boomers that want to recapture their youth) ether starts to die off or has to stop driving due to old age.
I don’t think these have a much allure for the subsequent generations (Gen X etc) as they did for the boomers. Somebody that was born in 1981 is not going to have the same attachment to these as would somebody that was in one in a field in 1967 smoking a bong and listening to Jefferson Airplane’s White Rabbit on a transistor radio.
Likewise most of these were manual transmission and most people ether don’t know how to drive a stick and don’t want to learn or don’t want to drive a stick.
Of course this aversion to driving manual transmissions will hurt the interest in a lot of pre-WWII cars as they are all manual transmission vehicles
I’d say yes to the Beetle, but no to the Bus.
If YouTube is any indication these are very popular with 20s-30s kids who use them to travel and hang out at the beach. My own 15 year old daughter is pestering me for one, she likes our Beetle OK but if she had a bus she could drive to California with her friends and surf!
“I suspect that these(and the Type 1 Beetle) will decrease in price down the road when the targeted market (aging baby boomers that want to recapture their youth) ether starts to die off or has to stop driving due to old age”
This is the same issue that Harley-Davidson is having.
The current generation is not interested in HOGS!!
As a Baby Boomer, I learned to drive a stick shift on my sister’s Karman Ghia which led me to owning 2 Beetles. However, the current price of a decent Beetle is $10k to $15k!! OUCH!!
Yet, I can find a used Fiat 500 (2012 thru ’14) for less than $9k and it has A/C for my frail Baby Boomer bones…CIAO!!
Although I have tried through the years, I just can’t wrap my arms around anything Volkswagen (the Thing excepted).
I certainly don’t understand the seemingly enduring attraction of many to the VW vans. Underpowered and dangerous to me, maybe it’s fuel economy or ease of maintenance? I just don’t know. I do however see a certain charm about them, and maybe that’s the secret.
Regardless, I would never want to own one of these, let alone FOUR of them, but that’s the beauty of choice!
For now, I’ll keep my Chevy, but that owner can sure add to his retirement income or 401K if he would sell them to the right buyer(s)…
Oddly enou8gh it’s kids who drove the split window VW typ II’s insane, not the boomers .
The 1968> bay window series are better in every way but don’t have the cachet .
I gave my Son my 1968 Typ 211, a one ton panel truck in VCG, he slapped an old used engine into it and was able to sell it for $7,000 (wow) . I was amazed, I’d thought it maybe a $4,000 truck at best .
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