Observations from the 2012 O.C.T.O Show; a showcase of VW type II transporters…

Last Saturday morning saw a major departure from my usual weekend routine. On this particular morning, I found myself heading south down the 605 freeway towards Long Beach, to check out the VW type II transporter show titled “The 2012 O.C.T.O Show”. The event was hosted by the Orange County Transporter Organization, staged in the parking lot at Long Beach Veterans Memorial Stadium, as a vehicle display and swap meet. For anyone with an interest in Volkswagen type II transporters (produced from 1949 through 1967), these are the ideal type of event to attend. Then imagine finding yourself surrounded by a parking lot full of nothing but vintage type II  buses; with each new row encountered, there existed the possibility of coming face to face with an even more amazing bus than the last…

VW type II transporters _Purple & white bus / nose to tail, front view_The 2012 O.C.T.O  show_June 9, 2012

VW type II transporters  _ Lime green and white bus side view_The 2012 O.C.T.O show_June 9, 2012

And in the middle of it all was the events featured “Barn-Door display”, as seen below

VW type II transporter _Barndoor display _red & black lowered bus, 3/4 front view_The 2012 O.C.T.O  show_June 9, 2012

VW type II transporters _Barndoor display _hubcap reflection_The 2012 O.C.T.O  show_June 9, 2012

VW type II transporter _Barndoor display _red & black lowered bus, 3/4 side view_The 2012 O.C.T.O  show_June 9, 2012

VW type II transporters _Barndoor display _a trio of buses, 3/4 front view_The 2012 O.C.T.O  show_June 9, 2012

No matter ones preference regarding Volkswagen type II’s (barn-door, Single Cab, Dual Cab, Panelvan, Safari windowed bus, etc.), you were assured of finding an example or two on display. And if looking to buy parts to restore a bus, or maybe even purchase a vehicle, the event was able to accommodated either pursuit.

VW type II transporters _swap meet section, body parts_The 2012 O.C.T.O  show_June 9, 2012

VW type II transporters _swap meet section, vintage bus for sale_The 2012 O.C.T.O  show_June 9, 2012

1967 13 window deluxe bus_green & white for sale_The 2012 O.C.T.O  show_June 9, 2012

1967 13 window deluxe bus_ for sale description_The 2012 O.C.T.O  show_June 9, 2012

The following photos represent a small percentage of the total number of participants present the morning of the show…

VW type II transporter_ Blue Panelvan_ side view_The 2012 O.C.T.O  show_June 9, 2012

VW type II transporter_ Blue panel van_ OG finish, side view_The 2012 O.C.T.O  show_June 9, 2012

VW type II transporter_ Surf Canada panel van_ aged finish, side view_The 2012 O.C.T.O  show_June 9, 2012

VW type II transporter_ green double cab_3/4 front view_The 2012 O.C.T.O  show_June 9, 2012

W type II transporter _ green double cab_front bumper reflections_The 2012 O.C.T.O  show_June 9, 2012

VW type II transporter _ charcoal gray/carbon fiber double cab_rear view_The 2012 O.C.T.O  show_June 9, 2012

VW type II transporter _ charcoal gray/carbon fiber double cab_3/4 front view_The 2012 O.C.T.O  show_June 9, 2012

VW type II transporter  _ Red and white double cab_3/4 front view_The 2012 O.C.T.O  show_June 9, 2012

VW type II transporter  _ Red and white double cab_turbo motor detail_The 2012 O.C.T.O  show_June 9, 2012

VW type II transporter  _ Gray Panelvan_3/4 front view_The 2012 O.C.T.O  show_June 9, 2012

VW type II transporter  _ Gray Panelvan_3/4 rear view_The 2012 O.C.T.O  show_June 9, 2012

Interior view below, showing optional equipment code # M199 – Drivers seat swivel…

VW type II transporter  _Gray Panelvan_blue tinted interior _The 2012 O.C.T.O  show_June 9, 2012

VW type II transporter  _Gray Panelvan_3/4 side view_The 2012 O.C.T.O  show_June 9, 2012

VW type II transporter  _Dove blue single cab__3/4 front view_The 2012 O.C.T.O  show_June 9, 2012

VW type II transporter  _Dove blue single cab__steering wheel detail_The 2012 O.C.T.O  show_June 9, 2012

VW type II transporter  _Dove blue single cab__motor detail_The 2012 O.C.T.O  show_June 9, 2012

Type II transporter_Wolfsburg West,  Lite Gray Panelvan_The 2012 O.Ct.o Show_June 9, 2012

VW type II transporter  _turquoise OG paint finish_side view_The 2012 O.C.T.O  show_June 9, 2012

VW type II transporter  _Red & white safari windowed bus_side view_The 2012 O.C.T.O  show_June 9, 2012

VW type II transporter  _Two- toned gray Panelvan_3/4 front view_The 2012 O.C.T.O  show_June 9, 2012

VW type II transporter  _Two- toned gray Panelvan_rear view- motor, fuel tank, spare tire_The 2012 O.C.T.O  show_June 9, 2012

VW type II transporter  _Two- toned bus_lite mint green and black_3/4 front view & reflections_The 2012 O.C.T.O  show_June 9, 2012

VW type II transporter  _Two- toned bus_lite mint green and black_Side panel reflections_The 2012 O.C.T.O  show_June 9, 2012

VW type II transporter  _Two- toned bus_lite mint green and black_Door reflections_The 2012 O.C.T.O  show_June 9, 2012

VW type II transporter  _Two- toned bus_pale beige and black_3/4 front view_The 2012 O.C.T.O  show_June 9, 2012

VW type II transporter  _Dove Blue with yellow fog lights_ front view_The 2012 O.C.T.O  show_June 9, 2012

For a listing of upcoming VW shows and events near you, please check out the following website:  www.thesamba.com

(All photos by the author)

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151 thoughts on “Observations from the 2012 O.C.T.O Show; a showcase of VW type II transporters…

  1. This is too groovy!! I’d love to get my hands on a piece of memorabilia for our house, my husband is obsessed with VWs but we sold our a few years ago. Wondering if there is a good place to find some cool VW-related art for the house to surprise him with….any thoughts out there?? Great post!!

    • Thank you for your comments, and I’m glad that you enjoyed this post.
      It was an impressive collection of VW buses all gathered together that morning. Total visual overload, but surprises everywhere.
      Regards,
      Chris

    • Thank you for your comments.
      I agree, the prices are going through the roof, making it even more difficult to find a reasonably priced model to purchase as a project.
      Last year in Southern California at the Barrett- Jackson auction, an early 1960’s bus that had been restored sold for over $200,000.
      That single sale had a ripple effect on the used bus market especially here in Southern California.
      And good luck with your search, should you still be looking for a used bus…
      Regards,
      Chris

      • If it’s to be, likely I’ll find one in a barn out here in the middle of the cornfields…Hey, a girl can dream, right? And because there’s no electronics, I can probably fix it myself. (Used to, in the old days…my 63 Chevy. Wish I had THAT car now). Thanks for the jaunt down memory lane. And congrats on winning the “Freshly Pressed” lottery.

      • Thank you for the comments.
        There are still the barn finds that you mention, just getting a little harder to find.
        And good luck with your search.
        Regards,
        Chris

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    • Thank you for your comments.
      And I agree, the single cab and dual cabs transporters are really cool vehicles.
      Unfortunately, both are getting harder and harder to locate, or find for sale.
      Regards,
      Chris

  3. Those are so amazing! That’s a show I’d love to attend. Real works of art. I’m not sure I could pick a favorite. Thanks for sharing. Congrats on FP!

    • Thank you.
      Given the obvious interest in the classic VW buses, it’s a shame that Volkswagen doesn’t follow up on the concept bus they designed back in early 2000.
      Regards,
      Chris

  4. I used to have a 71′ Westfalia Bus, it was orange and rusted but never had the money to fix er’ up so my sister (who owned the car) sold it to a buyer who takes old VW’s, fixes them up then sells them to buyers in Australia! So we knew it would go to a good home. Man those days driving up and down the coastline of California in that old bus was really epic, i will never forget that year!
    Thank you for this wonderful post, i really enjoyed it!

    • Thank you for your comments, and I’m glad that you enjoyed the post.
      It’s amazing how many people have connections to these buses. And given the size of the crowd that morning at the show,it was easy to see why.
      Regards,
      Chris

  5. Beautiful cars and creative photography!. I am having 1970’s flashbacks of my ’68 Westy and all the wild things that bus played a part in. Thank you!

    • Thank you for your comments, and I’m glad that you enjoyed the photos.
      There was an amazing cross section of buses present that morning including a number of westys scattered throughout the parking lot.
      Regards,
      Chris

    • Thank you, I’m glad that you enjoyed my recent posting on the OCTO /type II transporter show.
      It was an incredible morning, and was glad I could share the adventure.
      Regards,
      Chris

    • Thank you for your comments.
      I’m glad that you enjoyed the photos.
      There were so many cool buses present that morning, that I had a hard time selecting which images to use for this post.
      If you couldn’t tell, the type II transporters are my favorite buses.
      Regards,
      Chris

    • Thank you for your comments.
      It’s been great to hear some of the back stories from people about their experiences and memories of their VW buses.
      Sounds like your brother had a great adventure.
      Regards,
      Chris

  6. the only thing better than this that I can think of would be a Karmann Ghia meet…thanks for sharing these beautiful photos, esp. the doublecabs!

  7. I have always liked and coveted these buses. My dream is to own a pale yellow with white trim and put flower decals on it. 🙂

  8. It’s so beutiful and super classic cars , the place for all to relax and share what are they have in their home with all colleages.
    It is still the good modified cars with the good photos from you “Digitaldtour”.
    I love the car and your style to tell us.

    • Thank you for your comments, and for sharing your two photos.
      The blue bus with flip up top and the motorcycle sidecar(styled like a VW bus ) were really cool.
      Regards,
      Chris

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  10. so so so so so so so COOL!!!! i like the shot of the van in the wheel reflection – nicely done! i had no idea this kind of thing existed. although they are all gorgeous, especially the vintage – i think i’d go home with the purple and white one 😉

    • Thank you, I’m glad that you enjoyed my OCTO show post.
      It was amazing to see so many cool buses all in one place, but very hard to try and pick a favorite.
      Regards,
      Chris

  11. Nice vehicles! I rejected an offer for one of those 20 odd years ago in exchange for my new microwave oven. Doh! In my defence, you can’t cook a potato in 2 minutes in a VW Camper can you?

    • Thank you.
      I’m glad that you enjoyed my recent post.
      Now in regards to your question, you should be able to cook a potato in 2 minutes in a VW camper if you have a microwave…
      Regards,
      Chris

    • Thank you, I appreciate your comments and am glad that it brought back positive memories.
      Glad I was able to share my perspective and photos from the show on my blog.
      Regards,
      Chris

  12. I love this post…I’ve been to the Autostadt and saw the newer version of this type of Beetle. I have to say I have always wanted one, especially the purple!….thanks for the memories…

    • Thank you for the feedback.
      I think VW is missing a huge potential market, by not offering up a variation of the concept bus that they designed back around 2001 -2002, and that you noted seeing at the Autostadt.
      I for one would be very interested if VW were to offer up a contemporary model based upon their recent design concept / study.
      Regards,
      Chris

      • Chris,
        I would agree with you. I love the old lines but loved that 2001-2002 model in the inside. Even if they extended it a bit. There is just something about that classic look.
        JD

      • Chris
        I would love to have one with the old design but the inside of the newer model. Even extend it. There is just something about the lines…
        JD

      • Hi JD,
        Hopefully VW will look at their current product offerings, and consider the untapped market they could enter with the design of a modern take on their classic bus. Not to mention appealing to older owners of the original buses, but also the younger Gen- X consumers who also love the older buses.
        There’s always hope…
        Chris

    • Thank you for your comments.
      I’m glad that you enjoyed my OCTO show post; It was an incredible morning with cool buses to be found throughout the show grounds.
      Regards,
      Chris

    • Thank you,
      I’m glad that you enjoyed my post from the recent OCTO show.
      It was an fantastic morning, with cool buses everywhere…and good luck with your bus search.
      Regards,
      Chris

    • I agree; it was a fantastic show and I was on total visual overload the entire morning.
      And with each new row I encountered, there was yet another totally cool bus to photograph.
      Glad I could share my photos from the show.
      Regards,
      Chris

  13. Reblogged this on Simple! and commented:
    A great post about VW transporters. Lots of photos. I wanted one of these when I was younger. I had three different VW bugs, but never a VW Bus (transporter I guess it is called). A good post by Digitaldtour.

      • Very nice photos. I enjoy looking because a long time ago I remember really wanting a red VW transporter. We were at Watkins Glen for the Trans Am race and the really cool guys had them. I thought they were cool anyway. I was young.

  14. Great photos, thanks! I have a thing for VWs. I am drawn to the bugs myself, but really should be looking at the buses – watch my site for our ’68 VW bug trip from Afghanistan to Ireland next year. Could do with some of the parts kicking around at your showcase! Thanks for sharing!

    • Thank you for your comments.
      It has been amazing to see just how many people have positive connections in one form or another to these early VW buses.
      Just listening and watching the people at the OCTO show illustrated their passions towards the VW bus culture. And the demographics at the event were just as impressive, ranging from Grandparent aged couples, entire families with teenagers, and all the way down to young couples with small children in strollers, all immersed in the VW car culture; truly amazing.
      Regards,
      Chris

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