This 1973 Volkswagen bus is either the coolest thing you''ve ever seen, or it''s the real-life version of everything you''ve ever suspected about the ''60s. In truth, it''s a lovingly crafted homage to the Summer of Love built over a period of 10 years by a couple who made it as authentic as possible, including using it to attend concerts across the country. For most of us who grew up after the ''60s, this is what we figured all the VW buses looked like at one point or another in their lives. But underneath the psychedelic paint and decals, you''ll find a very clean, straight bus that''s been well maintained thanks to its status as an icon. We don''t know what color it was originally, but the yellow is probably a good bet, but at this point does it even matter? You could spend hours examining this VW like an archeological artifact, with layer upon layer of authentic artwork that exactly captures the spirit of the age, from the peace sign up front to the American flag on the roof. And given that it''s never been wrecked or driven in a cold climate, it''s solid enough to be pressed into regular use once again. Of course, you''ll probably have to get used to being the center of attention, because any time you stop there are going to be questions, photo ops, and crowds of young-at-heart hippies who want to relive a great part of their past. And admittedly, all that attention is pretty cool. There''s more wild dÃ©cor inside, with period-correct fabrics and designs. The front seats are upgraded buckets that are far more comfortable for road trips than the original VW stools, and they''re wrapped in funky tropical seat covers that probably came from a truck stop in Iowa. Shag and fringe on the steering wheel and around the windows are part of the scene, but the original gauges are still buried in the dash and there''s a rather powerful AM/FM/CD stereo system and a power inverter for your modern hardware. Liberal use of glow-in-the-dark black light paint gives it a early 70''s vibe, but all the good stuff about the VW bus, including a rear seat that turns into a bed, remains completely intact. It''s hard to describe the condition of everything (which is actually very nice), simply because there''s not much factory stuff left. The best way to describe this VW is that it has definitely been loved and it shows. The 1700 cc VW flat-four was rebuilt about 16,000 miles ago and runs superbly today. The folks who built this awesome bus knew that it was not destined as static yard art, so they routinely serviced it every 3000 miles and made sure it was always ready to head out on the road. Peek under the rear deck and you''ll find the rugged little boxer engine, complete with a recent carburetor and ignition system, plus some fresh wiring to make it reliable. It starts easily and perhaps even more surprisingly, cruises easily at 65 MPH. With a 4-speed manual, it''s fun to drive and the suspension and brakes are in good order and it feels right going down the road. Simple steel wheels with 195/75/14 blackwalls give it a period-perfect look and handle better than the original bias-plys. No, it''s not for everyone, but if you were there, you know how cool this Bus really is. There''s simply no other vehicle at any price that can compete with this awesome VW in terms of sheer late 60''s early 70''s free love. Call today! This vehicle is located in our Charlotte showroom. For more information, please call (704) 598-2130 or toll free (866) 542-8392.