'Van comes in a minute'. That was in 1995 when the Salland duo 'Hӧllenboer' had a hit with 'Het van comes soon'. The text is satirical about two addicts waiting for the methadone bus. At the time, the singer Gerard was a nurse in addiction care and wrote the text to present the heavy subject of addiction in a playful way at a study day. The one-liner “Busje will come” became world famous in the Netherlands. Rightly so. Because what would the Netherlands be without vans?
The primeval father of the vans?
That was the VW bus. And everyone now knows that the idea for that wonder of the world was outlined in his agenda by Ben Pon senior. And the rest is history. The utility free-range animals came in countless shapes and designs for all professions and functions up to ambulances, tow trucks and fire engines.
Originally, the T1 was only available from the factory in blue. Deviating color requirements were provided locally by the Volkswagen dealer. The nickname 'Bulli' originates from the dual character of the T1. It is a combination of Bu (s) and Li (eferwagen), with an extra 'l' because it tasted better.
In the time after the reconstruction after WWII, the VW bus was a winner
And no matter how proud many small entrepreneurs were of their VW, many vans were treated like Greek donkeys: They had to work hard, received a lot of beating and little eating. The local dairy farmers, delivering door to door, were masters in reloading their four-wheeled staff.
It is only due to the laws of large numbers that unrestored VW vans can still be found. But if so, it often takes a lot of work. And that amount of work and the ever-growing demand for these brave little cars has its consequences for the price. The early split buses are an example of this and the more 'windows' they have, the higher the prices are.
When something seems too good to be true ...
People who buy a 'restored' copy directly from South America digitally and in good faith often want to be faced with very nasty surprises. Because if a restoration is 'technically improvised' it can be a winner according to the local tradition, but it can become your financial ruin here. Because where the stuff here is affordable, the necessary expensive hours of a Dutch craftsman are often the final blow to what could have been a dream.
The later vans, such as the 'Clipper' in the pictures, are even more humanely priced
But good copies now also have their price. Tradition has it that the vans with a fire service history were sought, because they usually drove few kilometers and because they are often maintained for a long time. On the negative side: an engine that has only driven short distances can show more wear and tear than a 'Cross-country skier'. And a lot of residual water from wet firefighter stuff can cause serious rust. So Ral3000 is not a quality guarantee.
Honesty is key
On the other hand: For the VW vans there is still the whole world of technical parts and sheet metal for sale. And technically, a Bulli is certainly not 'rocket science'. A good VW bus is still a vehicle that can be used seriously. Our fashion model is from 1975 and comes from Michel Roels, a harp specialist and proves that there is still music in the classic vans.
It is a textbook example of a deadly honest, thoroughly original Typ2. And look how satisfied and proud he looks out of his headlights! The bus is for sale and can of course also be converted into a camper, so that when the lockdown is a thing of the past, the rest of Europe can be viewed in an old-fashioned and environmentally friendly way. More information about this nice bus, the price or an appointment for viewing via Wilbers Appraisals or 06-14.815.214.