Tuesday
Jun162009

microbus

Magic Bus! When I was little, one of my grown up adult cousins had an orange VW microbus. I was so excited to get to go for a ride in it when she came to visit in Peterborough. I dunno how a small town girl gets an idea like this in her head, but I have always wanted one. When I came across this photo, my microbus love affair was kindled anew. I mean, can you even stand how cool this is? Don't tell Suzi (my beloved, long-suffering, hard-working, under-powered and once-terribly-injured-on-the-401 Hwy Suzuki Vitara), but if I could have a microbus, Suzi would be history! I think one of the reasons why I love the Vdub so much is that essentially it's another place to decorate. Forget Starbucks, my third place is my car.

source: via Coastal Living and Yolo Boards

If I had a microbus I'd do the curtains in this Sea Cloth fabric:

Or maybe this cool Trina Turk fabric:

There were efforts to revive the microbus in 2001, but it was scrapped a few years later. Here's the concept:

Not liking this one.

Here's a truly cool version. It's an eco friendly concept by French Canadian designer Alexandre Verdier. It's a 4 cylinder hybrid with a 170W solar system on the roof. A GPS orients the solar panels to soak up the most power possible. Inside, the thing is tricked out with amazing storage, an entertainment system and on board computer. Verdier's own URL is inactive, but you can read more about this marvel at Inhabitat.com. (Hefty price tag: $129,000).

J'adore!

Reader Comments (1)

To much, It tries to hard to be the iconic micro bus but falls short. The lines from the 1960s bus flow, headlights do not cut off the V line of the front. The windows are more suited for a large RV land yacht. I do like the idea of going back to the swinging side doors, split like the vintage bus. It needs bumpers and softer fender lines. I would not buy one as it looks now but, its not a bad attempt.

November 24, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterErich Anderson

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