Where to Find Cool Classic Air-Cooled VW Buses
Welcome to Vintage VW Cars and Buses, featuring the wonderful restoration work of Minneapolis Volkswagen enthusiast John Snell the Tenth.
Here, you'll find mostly vintage VW buses for sale (Beetles, Ghias, and air-cooled Porsches, too), photos of past and current restoration projects, as well as some background on the wonderful world of vintage Volkswagens, with stories from enthusiasts around the world, and perhaps even info on upcoming classic car shows, VW swap meets, and other events— that sounds swell to me, how about you?
Our vintage vehicles usually sell pretty quick, but if you are lucky you might catch one while you are here.
Here's a beauty— a classic 1976 VW Bus from Sunset Classics in Minneapolis, Minnesota. This Westfalia camper bus is in amazing original condition inside and out and is ready for some fun-in-the-sun camping!
- Happy V-Dubbin!
1962 23-Window VW Bus Project
A resto project for the true enthusiast! This is one rusty bus... but with some loving care (okay a LOT), she may be worth over $200k. This is the same year and model as the famous Barrett Jackson bus! If you have the tools and time, she is one fine investment!
Other than some rust this bus is nice and straight in the sides and nose. This bus was built late August of '61 making this one of the first "fried egg" front turn signal buses made. If you are looking for a fun project bus, this is a perfect example with a big reward when you are done.
Poll: Do you name your car? Surely you name your car? No, and don't call me Shirley
How much do you love your vintage VW, or plain old vroom vroom? Many V-dubbers I know think of their cars and buses as part of the family and fondly give them a name. I'm wondering how many of you fine folks name your car.
After a Three-Year Restoration, This Is One Mighty Cool Deluxe Bus
If the previous photo is the before, this one is what can happen after a no-expense-spared restoration! This 1961 23-Window VW Bus was completed in May of 2014 and turned out as one of the most amazing Sambas I have seen.
An extensive restoration by Jeff Gagnon of Vintage VW in Sioux Falls, SD sets this 23-Window bus up as a contender to the famous Barrett Jackson bus that sold for over $200,000!
But WHY!! What makes them so special and so valuable that they will fetch mid 5 figures even in the rustiest condition?
Guess you just can't put a price tag on nostalgia, and these fun buses exude nostalgia by the bucket load - I mean who wouldn't love to have one of these world famous buses to tool around town in?
Below you'll find a walk around video of one of these popular 23-Window VW Buses.
Featured 1965 VW Bus
Sunset Classics and Vintage VW Cars have a nice collection of videos on the ol' YouTube, and to start you off check out the fantastic 1965 VW Bus - a 21-Window VW Deluxe bus or Samba with skylights, sunroof, a 1776cc engine, and safari windows! I love those safari windows, how about you?
If something a little wild crazy and shagadelic is your thing, head on over and check out the video— if you are looking for a cheap bus, this is your gal, but she's not cheap in the sense that you wouldn't want to be seen with her behind the bleachers kinda cheap, she's more the long walks on the beach and a good toasty campfire at night kinda cheap (I don't know where I'm going with that— you can bring her home for a paltry $3995, that's what I'm sayin').
What's your Thing? - Vintage VW Love What's Your Favorite?
This is a beauty— a lowered California 1965 21-Window VW bus with a 1776cc engine, skylight sunroof, and those safari windows I sure do love.
Classics like this are becoming harder to find. When one comes up for auction, they tend to go quickly. That certainly was the case with this nice blue bus as it sold before the auction completed.
Must Have Manual for Fixin' Da Bus
How to Keep Your Volkswagen Alive: A Manual of Step-by-Step Procedures for the Compleat Idiot is hands down the best book for fixing your air-cooled VW Bus, Campers, Beetles, and Ghias.
John Muir, an old hippie that loves VW's and a legend in the classic car world has written this book from the heart - it is as enjoyable to read as it is useful. As the title says a complete idiot could do it - even if the publisher can't spell complete they have a winner with this book.
1961 Split-Window VW Bus
This fine VW Bus has sold but you can still see more for sale on the ever popular Volkswagen Bus for Sale page! The VW Bus holds an iconic place in the hearts of people world wide, even if you didn't grow up when these classic buses were first made, you can still enjoy the lifestyle in a great bus like this.
Here we have a Southern California Split-Window that is very solid. (Gotta love those Cali deserts for finding great old buses.) The engine (1600cc) was line board, has fresh bearings, and brand new pistons and cylinders were installed. The builder of the motor has done several VW motors in the past (including some for racing) so you can be sure this was done right. So pack up the camping gear and hit the road in this spiffy split-window bus.
1962 VW Beetle Ragtop
While we do love our VW buses we still have a soft pot (oops meant to say spot— really I did) for vintage ones. And we've got two beautiful 1962 VW Beetle sunroof bugs - nothing says vroom vroom like a sexy ragtop VW Beetle!
More details, photo galleries, and videos of our current Volkswagen Beetles for sale.
The winter gets a bit chilly for camping season around these parts, but with this great '74 Westy Pop-top bus you can enjoy a mighty fine road trip year round. All decked out in some classic '70's Yosemite Yellow paint with a blue and green plaid interior. It has a sink, a stove, and a refrigerator, and sleeps four adults comfortably.
Three VW Things Sold in Three Days!
Hey gang— we had the opportunity to sell three— yes that's right, three— VW Things in just 3 days!
The orange restored 1973 VW Thing and the rare avocado green Thing above... and another orange Thing that will make a great restoration project for the lucky buyer.
While we don't often have that many Things for sale all at once we do get a few now and then. Stop by our page of VW Things for sale and peek at all the ones sold and currently for sale, as well as lots of photos and juicy details.
Acapulco VW Thing Limousine
What do you get when you slice and dice a 1973 Thing with one from 1974? A Thing Limo with heat in the front and back! Now that's style!
This beauty is THE "Safari Grande" featured in Dune Buggies and Hot VWs built by Larry Dustman of the Thing Shop in Arizona.
1957 Oval Window Beetle Restoration
Follow the restoration progress of this cool old Oval-Window Beetle. Below are before and after (ready to be painted) photos of this vintage '57 Oval Window Beetle. For the complete story of the car's history and restoration process, look it up at Vintage VW Cars.
A Super Fine Orange 1970 Karmann Ghia
This beautifully restored 1970 Volkswagen Karmann Ghia features a rebuilt engine, new interior, sunroof, and CD player, as well as many more fine additions. The best addition could be YOU behind the wheel.
This great Ghia was one of the first cars sold after starting Sunset Classics so she has a special place in our hearts, but we've had the pleasure of offering many more Ghias for sale.
If you aren't familiar with VW Beetles, they have a mighty fine turning radius as shown in this fun little vid! (That's John, the funky fresh founder of Vintage VW Cars, driving.
This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.
© 2006 Rusty Quill
Reader Feedback - What VW Bus, Beetle, Ghia, or Thing are you driving?
Paul howard on February 18, 2017:
how much is the 1962 23 window VW bus for sale in Minneapolis, MN.
blestman lm on March 16, 2014:
I am looking into a newer VW bug -- convertible of course. However, One of those 21 window buses would be great too.
usedcarscoza on October 28, 2013:
Vintage VW for me is all about the Golf Mk1 and Beetle :-)
Rusty Quill (author) on October 04, 2013:
@Aladdins Cave: Sorry Aladdins-Cave I don't remember. She was a beauty tho, and the value of a nice looking VW bus has been going up these last few years.
Aladdins Cave from Melbourne, Australia on September 23, 2013:
How much did the Westly sell for ???
Thanks and Cheers from DOWNUNDER
anonymous on September 12, 2013:
I think that the VW is a true people car
Rusty Quill (author) on September 05, 2013:
@kingandy: Send him on over, thanks for stopping by with a comment!
Rusty Quill (author) on September 05, 2013:
@Indi-ish: Wow I haven't seen a Fox in awhile, glad to hear you had a good run with her - I'd like to see that baby racing... :)
Rusty Quill (author) on September 05, 2013:
@socialcx1: Thanks much, glad to hear you've been part of the VW dub club. :)
Rusty Quill (author) on September 05, 2013:
@SBPI Inc: That's a great story Jonathan, sorry to hear it didn't work out for you... it's never too late to buy a bug, or a bus or perhaps a nice sporty Ghia. ;)
kingandy on August 25, 2013:
Great lens! My brother used to buy vintage cars and restore them, he would definitellu enjoy this one...
Indi-ish on August 23, 2013:
Great lens! I'm on my second Dub - a MK3 Jetta - 'Liebe'...it's only my second because I had an '88 Fox - 'Dieter', that was my miracle car....best car I've ever had - drove it for thirteen years and still miss it. HAD to sell it, and the guy that bought it dropped a new engine in it, and is allegedly racing it....
socialcx1 on July 18, 2013:
I owned 4 over the years and loved them. This is such a cool lens and I so enjoyed it. Well done mate.
SBPI Inc on July 16, 2013:
In 1961 at 20 I had just gotten married and my new wife wanted a 'bug' so bad that we went to the dealer in Croton, NY which was on rt 9 just uo from the rr station and ordered a white 'bug' which was very reasonable in cost. Dealer said that it woud be in the following week and he would call us to finalize everything. A week and a half or more later I finally called to get a status report on the order and was told that it was delayed for a week. lol Happened three more times and he finally told me the truth "it was back-ordered because of the high denand and we would unfortunately have to wait till ours was made. We decided right their and then to cancel. I realty think that both us would really have liked that car but we just could not wait. I have never owned a Volkswagen. Great lens though and some unique models which I would have considered.
Thank you for sharing.
trinimatt on July 08, 2013:
great lens, vintage cars are always interesting
bt55 on July 06, 2013:
Great lens. Lots of fun to drive a vintage Beetle. And no emissions testing to deal with. I have a 1974 super beetle that I must sell. no more room to park. Its just like my first beetle back in 1973 that brings back many fine memories. I wish they all could be CA cars.
BenMoreno on May 15, 2013:
Great lens, I love old VW's. Nice job.
Cynthia Haltom from Diamondhead on May 11, 2013:
My dad gave me 3 old Volkswagen and told me if I wanted a car I needed to make one from the parts. I surprised him by making 2 of them.
Ana Dilber on April 30, 2013:
I am a huge fan of VW cars. My first car was VW Beetle, but now I am driving VW Golf 5.
Spoonjr on April 25, 2013:
My first VW was a 65 baja bug, my next was a 69 bug with a sun roof, and my third was an 59. I wish I still had the 59, traded it for a big street bike and the guy hacked it up and made a flat bed on the back. I have threatened for years to get a bus or vanagon, someday I will have one.
geosum on April 03, 2013:
Great lens. Brings back lots of memories. Had a 914 Porsche with VW engine for a time. Currently drive a VW TDI Jetta.
anonymous on March 26, 2013:
Really nice lens. My neighbor has restored 2 1970-ish VW Vans. They look great in his driveway. He alternates driving them. Also - yes, I do remember the VW Thing.
Tay Henry on March 06, 2013:
Shure, vw was and is it still id n1!
JoshK47 on February 28, 2013:
I'd kinda like a VW Bus... it'd be pretty cool to have.
MichaelDubrovnik on February 28, 2013:
Beetle - my very first wheel from my late aunt and it's still rocking (sometimes).
ohcaroline on February 27, 2013:
Really cool bugs!
bloggerjon on February 27, 2013:
Love VW and if your a fan this is a great lens, some lovely VWs here. . . blessed!
PaigSr from State of Confusion on February 26, 2013:
The bug and the van I remember. The Thing is the one I have been trying to find a picture of to jog my memory. Thanks.
thegreenninja on February 26, 2013:
These are gorgeous! Yay!
InfoCoop on February 26, 2013:
Have always wanted a Karmann Ghia. It will be my mid-life crisis car. Awesome lens!
Yvette Munro on February 26, 2013:
Great lens. Brings back lots of good memories.
DivaChick LM on February 25, 2013:
use to drive 1969 Karmann Ghia
anonymous on February 25, 2013:
I had a 72 VW Bus for about 5 years, but had to give it up when the mechanic left the business. The Type II engine had duel carburetors which could be tricky to adjust. He was unfortunately the only VW expert in town. Loved it though and would get another in I could.
anka05 on February 25, 2013:
We had a VW Caddy but sold it two years ago. It was really a good, strong car and very roomy. Now we're thinking our next car to be a Touran. Wonderful lens - blessed!
JBradshaw on February 24, 2013:
I don't have a VW bus anymore. Sold it a while back since I could never find the time, or the money, to restore it. I had a '67 21-window. Man, I loved that thing. Now I have a Jetta. Excellent lens! +++Blessed+++
DebW07 on February 23, 2013:
VW Beetles have always been my favorite; I also really like the white convertible VW Bug in the video â cute!
tobydavis on February 23, 2013:
Fab lens - such fun vehicles with so much personality!
Aibrean82 on February 23, 2013:
I don't have a car, but definitely got my eye on a VW bus! I love this lens! I wish I could like it ten times over, but one will have to do. Thanks for sharing!
blessedmomto7 on February 22, 2013:
I learned to drive in an original beetle. Love the bus too!
PterodactylSoup on February 22, 2013:
For me it has to be a Westy with Devon Pop Top but I do love the "newer" Westy panel vans - I just think they make perfect surf buses.
anonymous on February 22, 2013:
Fantastic lens. I am a big fan of the camper!
RivenRunsDeep on February 13, 2013:
VW Beetles are so cool
VioletteReibert on February 05, 2013:
I love old Volkswagens!
snickersthebest1 on December 06, 2012:
Old School Lens, Love it!
mecheshier on December 01, 2012:
I love the old bugs! Thanks for the fabu