1966 VW 15-Window: Hippie Bus

1966 Volkswagen Bus

Kudos to the seller for picturing this relatively boxy vehicle next to a shipping containers (and including a set of decent photos and offering videos!) No, this isn’t one of the hyper-expensive 23-window versions, but those extra 8 windows sure come at a premium! This bus is located in Long Beach, California, (where the seller invites email inquiries for a full set of pictures and video) and is offered here on eBay with an opening bid of $5,000 and no reserve.

1966 Volkswagen Bus Interior

The seller’s description of a clean, unmolested vehicle is only enhanced by the pictures they’ve included. No, it’s not ready for a concours show, but nothing about the vehicle looks abused. If you’re in the market for a VW van, this one looks worth checking out. Or maybe you’d like this Westfalia version for twice the price? Let us know what you think!


  1. Rex Kahrs Rex Kahrs Member

    I love the iconic VW van. My friend had a 63 camper back in the day, and the thing was really nicely built. We cruised it up to the Upper Peninsula with guitars in the back, doobies in the front. The thing steered like a Conestoga wagon with almost as many horsepower.

    That said, I can’t figure this vehicle out: In a country that has the Autobahn and the Alps, why on earth was this van so famously under-powered? And in a country that has virtually the same climate as the American Midwest, why does it have virtually no heat? And finally, as a collector car/driver/weekend cruiser, I can’t understand the asking prices of these busses on CL, ebay, and other places. Just asking….

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  2. Horse Radish

    This one was assembled in Brazil, so do use caution as any pre-existing damage would most like not have been repaired correctly….
    A thorough inspection is highly recommended

    Who knows how long it’s been in Brazil or when it came to the US.

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    • type877

      I was wondering about the window configuration, Horse Radish. Brazil bus make sense why this bus has corner windows and is a ’66 model. That feature disappeared on German built buses after the ’63 model year. I missed the made in Brazil VIN tag. People should know this bus is not the same as what is typically seen for sale. Most consider this less desirable. The seller does not mention in the ad text the bus was not made in Germany. I think there’s some intentional deceit.

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  3. redwagon

    we all know cars are expensive overseas. with the standard of living in europe – even in germany – as low as it was in the 50s and 60s cars and buses like this were expensive. the country is like the midwest in the winter but often milder at lower elevations. you can tolerate a bit of cold for a short drive and most drives or commutes are short. these were never designed to be out on the autobahn on a regular basis more in town commuters or occasionally between towns/villages on b or c roads.

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  4. GaryMc

    What are those trim strips along the rain gutters?

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    • toolbox

      The trim strips are a common accessory installed on a Bus in it’s home market of Brazil. The next owner is in for a surprise when they try and buy parts to fit this vehicle.

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  5. skloon

    These look cool but I remember trying to drive one across North Dakota with balding tires and a nasty cross wind- it provided upper body exercise complete with a sauna treatment as you sweat with fear

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