The Transporter television show you didn't know existed

Cinemax is working on a 12-episode series based on Luc Besson's Transporter films. It'll star Chris Vance in the Jason Statham role with Andrea Osvart playing the handler who Vance wants to fornicate with but won't until dramatically necessary. » 5/24/11 10:45am 5/24/11 10:45am

Why old Volkswagens make good rental cars

This compilation of Volkswagens being used and abused is likely some sort of old series of tests used in an promo video for late 90s/early 2000s Volkswagen products. It worked! I want to rent an older Volkswagen Transporter T4 and launch it off a hill, all the while the radio plays a jaunty tune. (Hat tip to Jo!) » 5/02/11 3:30pm 5/02/11 3:30pm

If you happen to see a good looking Volkswagen after breaking out of…

Volkswagen was a company well known for unorthodox advertising practices by the mid 1960s. It should come as no surprise that when it came time to expand their model range for 1966 with the Fastback and Squareback, the commercials were rather typically anything but typical. » 4/09/11 9:00am 4/09/11 9:00am

1966 Volkswagen Transporter

Welcome to Down On The Street, where we admire old vehicles found parked on the streets of the City That Rust Sorta Ignored: Denver, Colorado. Remember the Veggie Tales Fiat 500? Here's a Transporter that parks on the same block. » 7/25/10 9:00am 7/25/10 9:00am

VW Transporter Stereotypes Shot Full Of Holes In Telluride!

While I was honeymooning in Telluride, Colorado, a couple weeks back, I spotted this Volkswagen with a license plate/bumper sticker combination you don't see very often on such vehicles. » 7/03/10 6:00pm 7/03/10 6:00pm

VW Transporter Stereotypes Ahoy: Filthy Stinking Hippie Beer!

Back around 1990, when I was a broke-ass slacker and figured out how to make beer for cheap, I got into making custom photocopier-and-glue-stick custom beer labels. You've seen Powerglide Road Soda, and now I've unearthed another old label. » 7/03/10 5:00pm 7/03/10 5:00pm

Murilee Awed By Las Calles de México

I spent a few days in the beach town of Sayulita, Nayarit State, Mexico last week. Talk about your outstanding mix of battered-yet-proud survivors and Stuff We Can't Buy Up Here! Let's take a look. » 4/17/10 11:00am 4/17/10 11:00am

1970 Volkswagen Transporter

Welcome to Down On The Street, where we admire old vehicles found parked on the streets of the Island That Rust Forgot: Alameda, California. Even though TITRF is home to numerous T2 Transporters, I've sort of ignored them. No more! » 3/07/10 9:00am 3/07/10 9:00am

What Car Parts Have You Used As Field Expedient Bottle Openers?

I know what you cancer-stick-addicted types are saying: "But you can use a lighter to open a bottle!" Yes, yes, a key works too, but there's something extra satisfying about opening bottles with your car. » 7/25/09 2:00pm 7/25/09 2:00pm

Jalopnik's 20 Favorite Classic Volkswagen Commercials

The Datsun ads were fun, as were the Toyota ads, but it was Volkswagen that first made an art form out of the automotive television advertisement. » 7/05/09 8:30pm 7/05/09 8:30pm

DOTS-O-Rama Sunday, Rocky Mountain Edition: Golden Hits


This is Down On The Street Bonus Edition, where we check out street-parked cars located in places other than the Island That Rust Forgot. I've got Colorado photographs aplenty, so get ready for high-altitude survivors! » 4/19/09 9:00am 4/19/09 9:00am

Who's Writing This Script? Stoned VW Bus Hugs Tree, Now Awaits Crusher

As we all know, the Tercel wagon long ago replaced the VW Transporter as hippie transportation of choice. Still, some traditionalists stick with the Volkswagen. This one, however, has departed Shakedown Street forever.
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1959 Volkswagen Transporter

Welcome to Down On The Street » 11/10/08 9:00am 11/10/08 9:00am, where we admire old vehicles found parked on the streets of the Island That Rust Forgot: Alameda, California. Alameda is definitely a VW Transporter sort of town; you can find all the major Transporter-loving groups here, from original-owner curmudgeons to -grade surfers. Yes, even…

New Transporter 3 Trailer Offers Up Tasty Audi A8 Footage

We've already told you that Transporter 3 » 10/10/08 3:40pm 10/10/08 3:40pm is headed for theaters at the end of November. Today a new trailer's been released that opens up a little more on the plot and provides some solid stunt-driving action. Back again is the Audi A8 with Jason Statham behind the wheel not performing a number of the stunts we see.…

Nice Price Or Crack Pipe: $41,000 1986 Volkswagen Syncro Westfalia…

It's time for Nice Price Or Crack Pipe » 9/29/08 8:00am 9/29/08 8:00am once again; last time we saw nearly 73% of you opine that $19,500 was too much to pay for a . This time we're going with a suggestion sent in by Other than a mint-condition , the VW Vanagon Syncro might be our favorite VW bus, and when you're looking at a genuine Wolfsburg…

Volkswagen Bus Syncro: Ready For South African Hoonage

We caused some disgruntlement among VW Transporter fanatics aficionados when we opined that perhaps the little rear-engined vans were on the sluggish side. Today we're going to regruntle our Type 2-loving friends by sharing this VW ad that demonstrates- in fact, encourages- off-road hoonage of the sort you'd normally… » 6/25/08 11:00am 6/25/08 11:00am

911-Powered VW Vans Are Everywhere!

The 911-powered '74 VW Transporter was the big winner in yesterday's Favorite PCH poll, but when was the last time you saw a Vanagon with a 911 engine? Outside of Germany, that is. Chris Hull over at Autofiends shot what we hope is such a Vanagon in SoCal; if it's for real, we approve strongly. [Autofiends] » 6/18/08 4:00pm 6/18/08 4:00pm

Volvo XC90 Wins Russian "SUV of The Year," We Offer Alternatives

Nobody will argue that the Volvo XC90 is a pretty decent SUV. It's stylish, comfortable, and even comes with a V8 now. But all that doesn't explain why it won "Russian SUV of The Year"...for the third time. Considering the soft nature of the big Volvo, we would have thought the hardened fist of Russian nationalism… » 6/11/08 11:20am 6/11/08 11:20am

21-Window Volkswagen Transporter Braves Downtown San Francisco

After I was caught in a camera-challenged condition when spotting the '70 Fiat 500 near my office in San Francisco's South of Market neighborhood and was forced to use the 640x480 so-called camera in my cellphone, I resolved to start carrying a real camera at all times. Naturally, I totally spaced on the camera thing… » 4/07/08 2:00pm 4/07/08 2:00pm

1960 Volkswagen Transporter

One thing that's hard about this series is the glut of air-cooled Volkswagens on the island; I could easily do nothing but 60s Beetles and Transporters for a month straight and still not run out. These VWs are survivors and fully deserving of recognition, of course, but it wouldn't do to have them shove aside all the… » 3/06/08 9:00am 3/06/08 9:00am