This bus was my first online purchase off of eBay. The return trip did not end well. After leaving Tucson Arizona, late at night to beat the May heat, the infamous green "oil" light popped on and off as my nephew and I drove across the desert at night. By the next afternoon on a sweltering day of temps in the 100's, 8 miles north of Truth or Consequences, New Mexico the engine blew. I will finish this story in a blog post sometime in the future.
|A 1967 Standard - My 1st eBay Purchase|
|1963 Standard Bus|
|1967 Standard Bus - All Stock Except the Color|
With the low gears it could motor up any hill, carry any amount of weight and snow was never a problem. I drove this daily through the Midwestern winter to and from work. I later sold it online to someone in Florida. The story the day it sold is so funny, I will have to blog about it and it will be linked in the "Labels" as 1961 Single Cab.
|1961 VW Single Cab Pickup|
|1963 VW Panal|
The 2nd bus I owned at the same time as the 63 Panel was a 1965 Standard Bus, OEM color with some minor mods inside. The engine was original and the owner before the person I bought it from did all of the rebuilding work. I bought his off of eBay and drove it back from Eau Claire, Wisconsin. It ran like a top all the way home. I loved this bus and hated the day it sold.
|1965 Standard Bus|
Soon after all of these older VW buses were bought and sold over a period of 8 years, the Wall Street Journal came out with an article on their front page, about the value of these older VW buses. 1967 was the last year of the split front window. A few months after that article the prices on these VW buses skyrocketed 4X or more as much as what I had sold mine for. Six years later (2014), the prices still have not come back down to being affordable.