So normally a stolen car being recovered is not that big of a deal. Well, a stolen VW Bus, found 35 years later, is a big enough deal that I thought I’d write about it. The 1965 VW bus was stolen in Spokane, Washington in 1974. During a routine inspection of shipping containers, at the Port of Los Angeles, the VW’s vehicle identification number was run and the bus came up as stolen.
Read more about the story below, and check out an awesome video showing the greatness of the VW Bus!
I will admit that the VW Bus isn’t the coolest looking car on the planet, but you have to admit that seeing one of these beauties driving down the road brings a smile to your face. Of course the smile may come from the second-hand smoke from all the weed being smoked by the passengers in the bus, but you can’t help but smile when you see one of these driving down the road.
The stolen VW Bus wasn’t worth much when it was stolen back in 1974, and Allstate Insurance paid the owner a settlement for the car. Well, this bus, in it’s current condition is now worth about $27,000. The owner of the vehicle? Allstate Insurance now owns this classic, which is standard procedure for recovered cars after a settlement has been paid.
The Arizona company that was shipping the bus to the Netherlands had no idea that the bus was stolen. The man who had possession of the bus before it was discovered to be stolen is not a suspect. The California Highway Patrol, hopefully with Eric Estrada playing Ponch helping out, is going to try and trace the records back to find out who had this bus from the time it was stolen. You have to give whoever had it credit, they sure kept it in great shape.
The stolen VW bus, recovered 35 years later, will be going back to Allstate Insurance company and they will decide what to do with it. Maybe it can become part of some bad ad campaign about being in good hands or something. No matter what they decide to do with it I’m sure that was quite the call from customs agents to Allstate. I can only imagine what the person taking the call was thinking. Unfortunately the original owner has not been found to be informed that her van was recovered, and is still in mint condition. If anyone has any good VW bus stories I’d love to hear them in the comments below.