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15 Vintage Photographs of Iconic Volkswagens in Action

There was a time when you could hear your friends coming down the road in their Volkswagen. The old vans and Beetles were the quintessential cheap cars to get you around, even if they needed constant maintenance. And the vans were called home by many a free spirit- and they still are! Here are 15 vintage photographs showing these buggies in action.

15 Vintage Photographs of VWs in Action

Key West, 1975. Via/ Flickr

15 Vintage Photographs of VWs in Action

Volkswagen showroom, 1960s. Via/ Library of Congress

15 Vintage Photographs of VWs in Action

Via/ Flickr

15 Vintage Photographs of VWs in Action

Key West, 1975. Via/ Flickr


15 Vintage Photographs of VWs in Action

In 1957 the convertible model was brand new! Via/ Flickr

15 Vintage Photographs of VWs in Action

Florida, 1975. Via/ Flickr

15 Vintage Photographs of VWs in Action

Man “lifting” Volkswagen in Tallahassee, 1957. Via/ Flickr

The Volkswagen bug was first imported to the U.S. in 1948, and by the early ’50s many Americans owned this iconic and affordable little car. The microbus or hippie van soon followed, eventually becoming the transport of choice for the counterculture on the go. But, many people used them for family camping trips or for delivery vehicles as well. For the price they were an exceptional value!

15 Vintage Photographs of VWs in Action

Emissions inspection, 1970s. Via/ Flickr

15 Vintage Photographs of VWs in Action

Florida, 1975. Via/ Flickr

15 Vintage Photographs of VWs in Action

Richmond weights & measures inspector outside Stafford Self Service store, 1959. Via/ Flickr



15 Vintage Photographs of VWs in Action

Midway City, CA, 1965. Via/ Flickr

15 Vintage Photographs of VWs in Action

Long Key State Park, FL, 1975. Via/ Flickr

15 Vintage Photographs of VWs in Action

Emissions inspection, 1975. Via/ Flickr

15 Vintage Photographs of VWs in Action

Toronto, 1970. Via/ Flickr

15 Vintage Photographs of VWs in Action

Oakland, CA, 1960. Via/ Flickr

That’s it for these wonderful vintage photographs of Volkswagens. Click here to check out how riding in cars has changed over the years!

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