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Original VW Bus: The Restorer's Guide to All Bus, Panel Van and Pick-Up Models 1950-1979

4.8 out of 5 stars 18 customer reviews

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About the Author

Laurence Meredith is a leading authority on Porsche, Volkswagen, Audi, BMW and Mercedes-Benz and has written over 40 books on this subject. Germany cars has been his passion and he owns several, including a Porsche, classic VW Beetle and a Formula SuperVee Modus M2.
Laurence Meredith has written some 38 books, 36 of them about cars and motor racing. He lives in rural Herefordshire, England. Motorsport has been a lifelong obsession that continues to this day. He has a particular interest in German cars, and is a leading authority on Porsche, Volkswagen, Audi, BMW and Mercedes-Benz. Meredith has spent his entire life - from the age of two - at motor racing circuits throughout the world, and cites his hobby and job as one and the same thing. He owns several German cars, including a Porsche, classic VW Beetle and a Formula SuperVee Modus M2. He has competed in modern classic rallies, citing his class win in the Longleat Stages of 1990 as the most rewarding.
Laurence Meredith is a leading authority on Porsche, Volkswagen, Audi, BMW and Mercedes-Benz and has written over 40 books on this subject. Germany cars has been his passion and he owns several, including a Porsche, classic VW Beetle and a Formula SuperVee Modus M2. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.
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Product Details

  • Publisher: Bay View Books; 1st edition (July 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1870979842
  • ISBN-13: 978-1870979849
  • Product Dimensions: 11.9 x 9.2 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.8 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,174,363 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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One word: PHOTOS! Every page in the book is loaded with beautiful color plates that will amaze you. The photos are perfect. Most photos were taken against the beautiful English country where most buses are still in use. The documentation on model changes is quite extensive as well. I particularly like the author's attention to the world wide feelings the buses conjured during the 60's and 70's. The author also pays attention to all suspension, interior and body style changes the bus has had through the years. It's a great book and a must have for any bus enthusiast.
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The pictures and overall quality of the book are excellent. If you used to own one and are tempted to surprise your loved-ones with a nostalgic impulse buy - this book will put you over the edge! Laurence Merideth is unparalled in approach to writing and knowledge regarding VW's. You will not be disappointed!
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This book has some great pictures of all types and styles of the VW Bus. It also explains the details of the different models and that includes the small stuff. If you are interested in restoring a bus or just love em. This book has someting for you.
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As I read this book, I was very impressed with the documentation of model year changes. In this book they are listed by the serial number of the change. That is much better than listing just years. Cleared up a lot of questions I had on the 63-64 barrage of mid-year changes. I would like to see better documentation of interior details such as stitching, seams, overlaps, fabric patterns and weaves, and also photo documentation of dashboard changes. These are details that can easily be lost in the course of a restoration. Also a complete listing of dealership and factory accessories with pictures would be of great service. But we can't have it all I guess... Loved the book, just always wanting more...
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By A Customer on March 14, 1999
Its the quality of the photography that makes this book stand out. Rowan Isaac is famous for his outstanding photographs of cars. Look out for his other Bayview Books on Jaguar XK 120/140/150 and the Porsche 356. He has also done Landrovers!
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I purchased this book for my Son (as a birthday gift) who is an "enthusiast" with VW Campers and Buses. Great hardcover book with many great pictures and writing. It would make for a fine "coffee table" book to be displayed and enjoyed.

My Son was impressed on the rare pictures and details of the book which rates it 5 stars.

I have to give Amazon a 5 Star rating for this too. I have NEVER ordered anything that was delivered as fast as this book. I placed my order on a Tuesday evening and received the book in my mail on Thursday! It was in my hands in less then 48 hours. Nice job Amazon!!
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Forget all the other books and buy this one. It has all the information that you need and pleanty of nice color pictures. After buying everything else I finally found the book that I wanted.
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By Mollie on March 18, 2014
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Great book for the VW lover or those rebuilding and refurbishing a VW bus. Great gift for those VW lovers also.
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