Monday, September 11, 2006

From the Archives: My First Car

A 1966 VW Bus:

I think this had a claimed 60,000 miles on it when I bought it (for $1200). It powered me back and forth to Oberlin from New Hampshire, and also on adventures in the Maritimes, around Lake Superior, and elsewhere. I remember it being a bit of a tank, with such old-school technology as
  • Drum brakes all around
  • Kingpins
  • A 1-barrel Solex carb with oil bath air cleaner
The most amazing thing is that it weighed less than my new Mini does: 2350 pounds empty, as you can see from this spec sheet:

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