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

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.