Finding the perfect beach-faring vehicle can be a bit challenging, but since the imagery of surfboards, rounded cabs, and crystal-clear California water was popularized back in the 1960s and 70s, one transcendental brand has found a way to remain in every surf bum’s good graces. Oddly enough, we’re talking about Germany’s iconic automaker, Volkswagen, and the legendary 1971 T2 Doka Transporter Bus.
This attractive specimen has been a staple of beach-bodied connoisseurs since its introduction all the way back in 1950, but it wasn’t until 1967 that the platform was elected to receive a much-needed update to both engine and aesthetic. As a result, the Type 2, or T2, was born, offering buyers both a capable bus and flatbed variant — the latter of which was a hit among coastal communities around the globe. It was also outfitted with Volkswagen’s 1.6-liter inline-four engine, a four-speed manual transmission, and a retro interior that payed homage to the era’s most impeccable principles. This 1971 variant, in particular, had spent the majority of its life in the Canary Islands under the care of a single owner, before it was treated to a cosmetic refurbishment in 2016. If you’re interested in acquiring this well-kept example, head over to Bring A Trailer’s website for more information.