I have an insane obsession with Volkswagen buses and one day, when I retire, I’m going to purchase one and drive around the country in it.
Last weekend, I saw an article about the VW “graveyard” in Victorville, California, and upon more googling, found a VW junkyard in Lake Elsinore, about an hour from my home. The place is called Interstate Used Parts and what they have listed on their website is just a small portion of what’s in their lot.
Having nothing better to do on a Saturday and wanting to go for a drive and a hike, we decided to visit the junkyard on our way to Mount San Jacinto State Park and Idyllwild.
For some people, this junkyard may not seem interesting and everything too rusty. However, I was thrilled to see all the VW parts and shells of VW buses in such a large lot. I had no idea such a place existed within driving distance.
I took a number of pictures of the buses as I’m seriously contemplating if I should purchase one and pull my dad into a renovation project with me.
I thought the pink one in the photo above or the blue one in the photo below had some potential.
No…definitely not the two-tone bus pictured below, missing half of a side. My dad would probably roll his eyes and ask me if I was crazy.
There was an abundance of VW bugs and Karmann Ghias available. I really like the Karmann Ghias and it’s also Audrey’s and my man’s favorite car model from Volkswagen. It’s just too small for road tripping.
At the time of this writing, the ballpark cost for a bus is around $3,500. If it has a sun roof, the price would go up. I’m sure putting a new engine into it and fixing the shell and the paint job will cost me over $10,000. Oh, well, at least a girl can dream.