This may be a silly question..but why are busses in decent shape so hard to find? All I ever see is either the fully restored ones where people want your 1st born child for it..or they are rusted out hulks.
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A few years ago Vintage VW Buses really took off in popularity, hence the hefty prices. Did you search on

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Depending on where you are located, you would be well advised to shop around in Collector Car  Plug in the parameters for a VW search in the south-west US and you will find some solid vans for a variety of prices.  Some of the camper models never saw really severe use and were used for summer holidays sparing them a lot of the rust inducing weather of the rest of the year.  The working vans were in many cases worked to death.  The real enemy in all of the old VW's was rust.  If you can score a fairly rust-free body the mechanical components are plentiful and reasonably priced.  A rusted out unit can be fixed up but the costs of proper restoration can quickly exceed the value of the van.  I have seen a couple of Arizona vans in Collector Car Trader for under $ 3000.  They looked like good starter units.  Good luck with your search.   Dan (MY72BUG) - also looking for a decent van - in Goderich, Ont. ( where the resident old vans are piles of iron oxide)
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All over the world Kombis are becoming harder to find .
Even early bays are now getting nearly as expensive as splitties.

There are a few lowlights here

There are nearly 100 splitties here

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That was actually why I went for the Vanagon I bought.  Within my price range, in Michigan, it was either that or the impossibly rusted-out '68 bay window down near Pontiac.  'Nuff said.  The Vanagon, though squared-off in ways indicative of VW's within its era (1980),  and though sharing almost nothing with the previous gen of Type II bay windows in suspension or dimensions, it was still air-cooled, it was still a Volkswagen and it was still somehow familiar in the same way the earlier buses were.  It even smells like an old Volkswagen inside... you know the smell I'm talking about.  The irony is that, with all of the extra wiring in the harness, with the "computer" assist to the fuel-injection and with all of the subtle engineering changes designed into the Vanagon, it still retains the utilitarian simplicity of its predecessors... or, at least, this short era of air-cooled Vanagons did. 
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