Remember The 'Hippie Van?' The VW Microbus At Woodstock, Dead Shows And The Surfer Scene

By | June 3, 2020

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View of a Volkswagon van painted by Florida-based artist 'Scramble' and modeled after psychedelic art from the 1960s, mid 1990s. (Photo by Blank Archives/Getty Images)

The Volkswagen T2 -- or the classic Microbus or "Hippie Van," able to haul a dozen freaks to Woodstock or surfers to the beach -- is among the most useful vehicles of all time. It's not sexy (though you can have sex in it), but owning one in the '60s or '70s put you closer to the ideals of independence and freedom. In a Hippie Van, any band of merry pranksters could hit the road to find themselves, make the world a better place, or at least make the next Dead show.

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Some things never get old. (motortrend)

Freedom comes in many forms and in the ‘60s and ‘70s no vehicle represented open-road liberty more than the Volkswagen Microbus. It was originally christened the Type 2 Transporter but hippies, surfers, and wanderlust specialists turned the people mover into a cultural touchstone. They also came up with much better names like Vanagon and Kombi.

Whether your reaction was to punch the person next to you and yell, “slug bug” or gaze wistfully at Volkswagen Microbus, the classic car inspired a reaction from everyone. Few, if any, other cars of such humble beginnings survived so many years and brought joy to Baby Boomers and Millennials alike.