Smiles and smiles to go in a VW bus: A trip up the Southern California coast takes on added character when there’s a sparkling vintage camper to guide you along.
So what’s it like driving the thing?
So we could get an early start, Maria picked up the VW and learned all the quirky ins and outs of the 33-year-old bus. First thing: It’s a bus. The steering wheel has a very Ralph Kramden vibe, horizontal instead of vertical, and it has this slightly unnerving combination of having lots of give and needing some muscle to steer (More on that later.)
Photo: Looking shiny and new, this ’79 VW bus was a hit on the road. Credit: Alison Howard / For The Times