This morning I saw a very old (black and white number plates) VW minibus parked down the road. A real hippy transportation device (it would have been quite old already parked outside some stoner’s gaff in Berkeley in ’68). Of course then it would have been adorned with flowers and bad psychedelia and the CND emblem but this motor wasn’t like that. It was in a neat two-tone paint scheme of cream and pale green and looked like it had just rolled off the line at Würzburg. Clearly it was the pride and joy of it’s owner. Quite put a smile on my face.
It got me thinking about the other cars I could see parked nearby. I wonder how many of them will or indeed even can last that long. That VW was from the days when your Dad would “tinker” under the bonnet of a Sunday morning and when your mum called him in for the roast she’d look disapproving as he got oil all over a hand towel… Now I know that is an idealised view of the ’50s but that is not really my point. My point was the ease in terms of equipment of mending things back then. I mean there is a profound difference between gapping sparking plugs and fixing an electronic engine management system. Will anyone be driving a Ford Focus in 2050? Is classic motoring coming to an end? I just can’t imagine the parts being available.
More generally what antiques of this age will there be?
Update: The VW wasn’t just parked there. It “lives” there. It (he?) is called Tyler and is mint condition (won shows and all). It’s a 1964 and originally from Oregon (so it’s LHD). I know this because I spoke to the owners at their launch party (got a free beer too!). They’ve taken a small unit on the high street and are planning on adding a new interior (fully bespoke, horseshoe seating for 7, DVD, champagne on ice etc) to the VW to turn it into a hire-motor for weddings, proms and such. I think that is pretty cool. They also run a sort of clothing boutique and deal in bits and bobs for classic VWs.
Their website is cremecaravelle.co.uk though it isn’t live yet (scheduled September 1st). So if you live in the North West of England and want to arrive at a function in quirky style that’s the place to go.
Anyway, here’s Tyler…