Curbside Outtake: A Starbucks VW Two-fer

Every Sunday morning I head to Starbucks to do a little sketching and enjoy a really strong Americano. Here in Battle Ground, like so many areas in suburban Clark County, the automotive landscape is mostly littered with black/gray/silver SUVs, crossovers, and really big pickups. That’s what I will typically find in the local strip-mall parking lots.

This past Sunday, much to my surprise, instead of the de rigueur black Ford F-150 or charcoal-gray Explorer, I pulled in and saw this ruddy and well-worn 1961 VW  single cab pickup*. I stood admiring it for a few minutes, taking photos with my phone (of course!). I was so taken by this little trucklet that it wasn’t until I got inside and looked back out, that I saw the A2 Jetta parked next to it. A two-fer! And not only that, both VWs. Since I’m more a Japanese car guy, I don’t know a lot about either of these two vehicles, so please, talk among yourselves!


*I was able to talk to the owner of the VW pickup and he confirmed it was a ’61.