I came across this poor T3 in a self-service wrecking yard in Salt Lake City a few weeks ago. Row52.com, the service the yard uses for its inventory, has it listed as a 1982 model. Even without having the model year confirmed, we can tell from a quick glance that this Vanagon left the factory in Germany with an air-cooled engine—the T3 switched to a water-cooled engine part way through 1983, and those vans had another grille below the headlights for the radiator. Although the Beetle and T2 bus continued to be produced with air-cooled engines in Central and South America into the 2000s, the T3 was the last new Volkswagen design to feature an air-cooled engine, and also the last new rear engined model, making it a significant vehicle in automotive history.
This Vanagon appears to be one of the most desirable variants- a Westfalia camper conversion with “Syncro” four wheel drive.
Another find in southern Utah. This second generation (T2) VW Bus is easily identified as an early production model (1968-1971) by the front turn signals being mounted below the headlights. In 1971 the Type 2 received front disc brakes, along with new wheels that had brake ventilation holes, as seen on this example. Assuming the wheels are original and haven’t been retrofitted to an earlier model, we can narrow down the year to 1971.
This VW Bus appears to be highly original, if somewhat faded and rusty. The high-mounted turn signals and squarish bumper indicate that it can’t have been built any earlier than 1973. I love the very ’70s lime green paint, and of course the Westfalia camper conversion scores it some points, too.
This 3rd-generation (T3) Volkswagen Type 2 was shot in downtown Salt Lake City by Taylor. I saw it again while I was driving a few days later, and noticed it has round headlights. I believe that identifies this example as a 1980-85 model.
Toyota’s first van for the North American market was a version of the MasterAce van sold in Japan. Officially it was simply called Toyota Van in America, though the whimsical “Wonderwagon” name could be found in advertising materials. Unfortunately, like many Japanese cars from the 1980s this example is pretty rusty. The awesome baby blue stripes and thin white walls more than make up for the rust, though.
Spotted in the parking lot of Park City Mountain Resort at the end of the last Saturday of the ski season. RIP, winter. ❄️⛷
Duct tape “paint” job….
….and an extra steering wheel.