How’s this for a unique pairing, found and posted by Jon O’Grady? A VW 4×4 LT towing a VW T2² (Type 2, second generation). The LT, VW’s “big” truck/van at the time, was never sold in the US, but a few have found their way here, like the one I posted this morning in Drive By Shootings. I’m going to assume they raised the top on the Westfalia camper after they pulled over. Lunch time?
What a cool, classic combination! I’m quite sure I never came across an LT 4×4. AWD panel vans and trucks in this segment are very rare here. They must be more common in Austria, Switzerland, northern Italy and such.
I’ve seen an LT around our Toronto neighbourhood. It’s a similar colour to the Westphalia, with a Bundeswehr logo on the front doors and a canvas top over the bed. Definitely a grey market import. I guess you could order parts through a VW dealer, but I don’t imagine they would be cheap. The owners would likely be checking out the online forums for parts.
There are a couple around here as well, one an old Fire Department crew version and the other converted into an overlanding rig for a company that rents various such things to would-be adventurers… It’s remarkable how much the LT, whether in van or pickup form, looks just like a T3 pumped up 20% larger. Logical, of course, but still remarkable.
My friend saw that pair heading south in Golden BC last week. It’s a great coupling eh?
What a…..safe idea this is.
Hit the road – but don’t.
Smell the roses at slow old hippie speeds in your VW bus – without driving it.
Turn on, tune in, drop out – but pay the man for it. Daily.
It seems this is a business where the LT is used to tow a few old repro hippy vans to campgrounds around Golden in BC, a sort of mobile B&B.
I’m sure the sites are lovely, but I can’t help but smile at the concept that there are folk who would willingly spend a night or more in the confines of a leaky Veewee semi-camper, amongst wee-vee spaces and draughts and an absolute guaranteed pong of some unidentifiable pungency that is somewhere between damp hippy socks, the horsehair under the seats and a brussel sprout. I can state same with authority, as 1) Have lived in hippy houses in similar conditions and 2) Grew up amongst the tortures of a type 1 van in childhood, including sleeping in it.
I mean, each to their own and all that, but isn’t the whole point of the Van Life fad the journey? (Not that I loved that Parade of the Snail as a kid myself, as it took so long to get There, it was practically time to return to immediately, but I digress).
Somehow brings to mind a curated tomato and organic basil leaf served to me for $32 – as I sat on my milk crate in a thrift-shop-decorated cafe by a humourless beard-sculptee – on a small plank of wood, of which I could only think “But we only used timber bits because we couldn’t afford plates!”
How big are these VW LTs? Roughly comparable to a full size pickup?
Given that they’re cab-over-engine, they’re a lot shorter than a full size pickup. It’s comparing apples and oranges. The wheelbases was either 98.4″ or 115.1″.
Roughly yes, minus the hood on a pickup.
These were the predecessor to what are now vans/trucks like the Sprinter, Transit and Promaster.
I owned a VW LT, in a horsebox configuration. Horrible van, noisy, slow, rusting. Can not see why someone would voluntarily drive that to be honest….