Do you like camping? Do you like saving money? Do you dislike people that say they’re camping but what they’re doing is simply driving a completely furnished house between states and sneering at the thought of actually building a fire and sleeping under something at least partially made of fabric? Well…I may have just the car for you.
Call it a lack of open spaces from being walled in in a city, lack of interest, fear of bugs, lack of indoor plumbing and electricity, or just plain laziness but I have never been particularly fond of camping and most other outdoor activities. I hate that I’ve more than once been bundled in the ‘lazy, uninterested in everything millennial’ stereotype by some of my more outdoorsy colleagues, but it’s the way it is.
However, a lot of people would enjoy packing a bunch of things, driving halfway up a mountain, waking up early in the morning and making the most of that fresh, crisp and marvelous clean air by hiking up and down the other half of the mountain before taking in a magnificent sundown, starting a campfire, and then sleeping under the stars–and for them this admittedly ratty looking T2 may just be the ticket to camping Nirvana.
I nearly had a heart attack when I saw the price of its T1 predecessor. Not that long ago, someone with clearly way too much money in his hands (thus impairing his ability for rational thought) spent more than $200,000 on a Volkswagen T1. Okay, it was a 23-window T1, but for that kind of money you really have to have a deep emotional bond (and even deeper pockets) to ignore all other ways to spend that money and settle on a 50-year-old bus with a horsepower rating, 0-60 time and top speed all in double-digits. “Surely they can be found a lot cheaper”, I thought. I was right, but you’ll have to settle for a newer example with a more powerful engine. Woe is us.
Our featured example, which is described by the seller as ‘Ready to rock and roll’, is a 1971 T2, finished in blue with a white top and sporting a black vinyl and wood-paneled interior. In the back is your 50 hp, 1.6-liter engine, which is mated to a four-speed manual. It has an alleged 107,046 miles. The exterior is faded and it has some rust, but still looks perfectly serviceable. Inside, you get a functioning faucet, an icebox and an electrical outlet of dubious functionality. The top apparently has no leaks–amazing, considering that it’s mentioned that it has some tears. All of this and more can be yours for the reasonable price of $12,000. A lifetime of fun memories and outdoor adventures is not guaranteed in the price, nor is the Humpty Dumpty plate holder. And while it could use some TLC, I’m sure it could prove a faithful companion for creating new memories, don’t you think?