Cactus Gallery LA
THE VW MICROBUS FOREVER by artist Frau Sakra
Oil on board, 9 x 12”
The VW Bus is synonymous with ’60s culture, road-tripping, and life on the open road. It also has one of the most recognizable shapes of any automobile, and by van standards it’s gorgeous. Nothing else before or since looks quite like it.
The Volkswagen Type 2 is very loved in So Cal and has gained many nicknames, including the VW Bus, Transporter, Kombi, Microbus, Minibus, or Camper. It is a commercial vehicle introduced in 1950 by the German automaker Volkswagen as its second car model. The first model being the Type 1 (Beetle).
If the VW Beetle is the quintessential “people’s car,” then the VW Type 2 Transporter is the “people’s bus”. The VW Type 2 was simple and spacious and had the ability to transport a large group of people while being cheap and easy to maintain. Both the Beetle and the Bus gained popularity during the counterculture movement of the 1960s.
In the 60s, the vans were often painted with extravagant designs in bright colors, making them stand out on the road even more. The "hippie van" remains iconic today, featured on album covers, in TV and movies, and most recently they have become collectibles, selling for 6 figures at auctions.