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Volkswagen Vanagon Westfalia

Hafner . The Volkswagen Vanagon doesn’t have much to the enthusiast. Even the normal was a slow, lumbering, ponderous, vehicle; only comparison to the VW bus—a legend of slow make the Vanagon look or agile. The Westfalia camper with added weight and center of gravity thanks to its kitchen applicances and a pop-up tent roof, was even athletic. The best thing could be said about a Westfalia on a twisty mountain was that it was slightly racier an RV.

What the Vanagon Westfalia was a dream . Like a turtle moved slowly but carried its on its back, the Westfalia’s self-contained offered the driver some options. Heading down to the to grab some groceries? but if you feel like continuing trip to, say, the Rocky you’ve got a built-in camping Why drop the kids off at school you could just keep up to the Yukon Territory to do a little and hiking with the family?

mind the fact that probably sleep uncomfortably in the sleeping space, have a time cooking anything on the stove, and if the weather traps you with a few people for any length of you’ll develop a nearly strain of cabin fever. The is, with the Vanagon Westfalia, you can do things.

I mean, how cool is it when everyday transportation can double as an No other everyday vehicle as much potential for adventure—albeit ponderous, relatively uncomfortable the Westfalia line of Volkswagen vans.

Big Chris . Allow me to you with a brief rebuttal of our leader’s fondness for the Vanagon. The was 1984 and I found myself, with my family, trapped in my air-cooled 1980 Vanagon. It was at tender age of 10 that my hatred for the was cultivated, and then repeatedly in subsequent years. We were up the mountain from Loveland to Park in Colorado. For those with this drive, a road you want to test the Ariel Atom on—steep and winding. You should know when I was younger, I was prone to motion sickness. Every I was in the mountains until the age of 14, I would get car The Vanagon was unable to induce my car

To call it a slow vehicle insult the Amish horse which lumber along the bright orange triangles on the Three-toed sloths move so that moss grows on backs, and the Vanagon moves slightly more quickly. The was an inadequate design for flat usage. How my aunt thought it was a idea to load it to the hilt her relatives and then attempt to our way up the mountain is beyond me.

We had to stop at every curio on the way up. Not because we wanted something, or to go to the bathroom, or because there was there of interest—no, that be too reasonable. We had to stop four on what would otherwise be a trip to allow the POS air-cooled to cool down to generate horsepower to keep on going. I at one point traffic was backed up us to Denver. The only advantage to a car underpowered is that you always a clear path in front of Three hours later we it to our destination.

Years later Vanagon met an untimely death an engine fire that the rear end as it once again its way up to Estes State Park. Why it have died before inflicted upon poor me? Unfortunately, I wasn’t along day to revel in the glory of its death.

My dislike for this vehicle from the fact that are only slightly stronger a balsa wood airplane. is nothing to them (the ones) to give you peace of that you’d survive an with anything larger your average teenager on a So when Chris wants to you camping in a Vanagon, know all the bears are looking at you like you are a Jim in a cardboard canister on the store

Chris Hafner . You were in an Vanagon? Ooh, ouch. those ran slower than at the South Pole. The water-cooled was excruciatingly slow, but the air-cooled and VW Buses were among the passenger cars ever comparing a healthy but slow with a rotting animal Those vehicles established a of slowness that wasn’t sedate and conservative but was overtly Has there ever been vehicle as criminally underpowered?

I be insultingly glib here by something like, Well, established that the Vanagon exactly a race car. definitely worse than brush-off would indicate, but I it’s true that the doesn’t exactly inspire of opposite-lock adventures. There’s not an of speed here. At the same I think you’re ignoring that makes the Vanagon and wonderful—especially the Westfalia camper. you and your family eventually up to Estes Park, annoyed and hot the collar, did you all unwind by singing songs while popping a of Jiffy-Pop on the Vanagon’s delightful stove top? I’m you did, and you enjoyed every of it. Admit it!

Even if you had been stranded at one of curio shops, the Vanagon makes everything okay. I am there’s no better converter of lemons to lemonade. The Ford traveler, confronted with an vehicle and fading daylight, be nearly frantic to find and safety. He would be willing to pay any of money for a terrible room at a roadside inn.

Not so in the Vanagon—the is your campground. Say you were in a curio shop parking you pop the top, fire up some and hit that curio shop the it opens its doors the next Take that, curio you want to beat Big Chris to the novelties, maybe you should get a Westfalia too.

Big Chris . I the only thing we might been willing to do with the was burn the Vanagon down!

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Colborne . Has there been vehicle as criminally underpowered? was called the Renault Dauphine. Of that you can mention a Vanagon in the space as the biggest waste of Plan funds imaginable not bode well for its performance

Mochi Mochi . What was the time? My old Squareback ‘s was about 16 or 18 seconds.

Big Chris . not sure the air-cooled Vanagon hit 60 going downhill with a wind—a hurricane-forced tail It would have a hard hitting 60 falling off a cliff. It is a vehicle with only more power than neighbor kid’s moped. VW offered The Barney Rubble with holes in the floor to use your feet to push.

Colborne . The Renault Dauphine do 0-60 in a mind-blowing 32 seconds . The car was so Time Magazine listed it as one of the 50 cars of all time. I still one. -)

Chris Hafner . I want a Dauphine too. But of we stray from the topic. If not comfortable loafing along in a Vanagon Westfalia singing Bottles of Beer on the Wall to the time on what would be a one-hour drive, I’d whether a Porsche or Subaru engine might fit. an all-wheel-drive Vanagon Synchro the Forester XT’s torquey four might be a slightly dish?

Probably a bad idea, wouldn’t want to subject happy campers to excessive G There’s nothing worse making s’mores with chocolate bars and graham

There are lots of great and Westfalia resources on the web. is a great resource, and many of the on that site specialize in VW Westfalia fans of all vintages as as Westfalia-specific accessories. The top image of the Westfalia overlooking the Pacific is from Aloha rents VW Westfalia campers to in Hawaii—a fantastic concept makes me want to visit and cruise around it in a Westfalia as as possible.

The video is a genre of contemporary car commercials, but it works fine at illustrating the Vanagon innate charm. Interesting choice.

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