All right, we're forced to admit that Volkswagen didn't actually offer a Ketchup-und-Mustard paint option on the Type 2. But if they had, we're sure it would have been issued with window blinds just like this one, which resides in Alameda's West End.

Photographs really don't convey the incredible eyeball-searing brightness of these colors. You can see this bus coming for blocks. Hell, you can practically see it coming when it's still over the horizon!

It's a very nicely executed paint job; even the bumpers are painted. This bus in in excellent shape, not a spot of rust, and it parks on one of the busiest streets in town.


I'm not enough of a VW expert to pin an exact year on this Type II, but I'm pretty sure it's from the 1963-67 period. Type 2 zealots, feel free to chime in with your favorite minutiae about this vehicle.


The wooden window blinds really work well on this vehicle. I couldn't see inside so well, as my retinas had been seared into near-total nonfunctionality by the paint job, but I'm hoping the red/yellow theme is carried over to the interior, preferably with shag carpeting raked into a VW insignia after each drive.

Auughhh! It hurts! But in a good way. The best part is that we see neither hippie nor surfer influence to the theme here. The hippie connotation with these vehicles is unfortunate; hippies just liked the Type 2 because it would still run (after a fashion) even if you skipped all maintenance in favor of scratching scabies lesions. As for the surfer thing, real surfers stopped driving Type 2s the moment they were no longer dirt cheap.


Maybe Volkswagen needs to take some inspiration from this fine vehicle and issue a Golf in this color scheme. With huge red emblems, of course.

1957 Volkswagen Transporter [internal]