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What do y'all think are the best classic surf cars (looks)?


Our beaches here get 3 foot tall waves, but it doesn't matter. You don't need to surf to play surf.




The Mentawais
The Rentones

Gotta be a Woodie


The one I’ve got)))

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I would agree it's gotta be a woody wagon, problem is I've seen a sum total of two in my life, they just didn't survive well on the East Coast.

Did the Volkswagen bus arrive on the beach before '64?


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Yes, the VW micro van in several forms were seen in beach communities in the early and late sixties in Southern California. Employed by several counter cultures, surfers and hippies.

A cool history is on Wikipedia, as usual. Link below.

The Woody was just an old Station wagon that became an iconic representation of surfing.
You were smart if you got one and smarter if you kept it and took good care of it.
Now, they are very valuable and can be seen at Vintage Woody Car Shows up and down the West Coast several times a year. You can find many videos from these events on YouTube.

I never acquired one but I always wanted one!

The main goal of surfers was getting their board to the beach anyway they could. So, Old Panel Trucks, Station Wagons of all styles, and Vans were all popular.
Also Google "images" of Woodies, they are beautiful.

Along with Balsa Wood Long Boards, and Vintage Tweed Reverb Tanks,
I want them all!

"To do, is to be" Aristotle ~ "To be, is to do" Socrates ~ "Doobie, doobie- doo" Sinatra

The mighty EH Holden (I had one as my first car)

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I kind of like this one1


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My 1963 Ford Country Squire (sold it about 10 year ago...)


Any car with surf boards on it, or in it is the boss!

Maybe more of a "Surf & Drag" car...


Worked hard & ate my vegetables like a good boy (and sold one of my motorcycles) and had a Rambler wagon. Guys who could care less about the beach wanted to borrow it all the time (no dice). I think it was something to do with the fully-reclining bench front seat...

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DISCLAIMER: The above is opinion/suggestion only & should not be used for mission planning/navigation, tweaking of instruments, beverage selection, or wardrobe choices.

MrBackwards wrote:

Yes, the VW micro van in several forms were seen in beach communities in the early and late sixties in Southern California.

Thanks it was question I've had at the back of my mind for ages. I quick searched before asking but couldn't find anything relating to the Californian beach '62-'64. I owned a bay window bus (we call them campers over here) It was a lot fun but keeping on top of the rust was a full time job.
The Brits not to be outdone (laughs) had the Morris Traveller! I still miss the sound of those grinding non synchromesh gears and exhaust backfires! lol


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VW bus experts, I'm not one, often refer to them by the number of windows on the mini bus. Some have over 20. No visibility problem on that one.

Happy Sunsets!

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