Volkswagen has been engineering unique cars since the early 1900s, and has earned a loyal following over the last 80 years.

Volkswagen Vintage automobile favorites such as the VW Beetle or VW Kombi have developed a strong association with a free-spirited lifestyle and continue to excite Volkswagen fans today.  Originally known as the VW Type 1 and VW Type 2, both vehicles are common collector’s items for nostalgic owners looking to restore the original beauty of the vehicle or to customize by adding their own unique touch.

The Volkswagen Beetle

The Volkswagen Beetle was developed in the 1930s and became popular following the war in the late 1940s and early 1950s.  The VW Beetle was first called the Volkswagen Type 1 but was commonly referred to as the beetle in German and the name stuck.  The Volkswagen Beetle gained in popularity through the late 1950s into the 1960s and has since become a pop-culture staple of that decade.  Collectors today often work to restore vintage VW Beetles to their original glory or update them with custom touches including unique custom paint, updated audio systems, or innovative custom interiors.  These classics are popular at vintage car shows and auctions and have been known to be valued over $75,000.

Recently, Volkswagen introduced the New Volkswagen Beetle, an updated VW Bug that was first released as the 2012 Volkswagen Beetle.  As an iconic vehicle, the new Beetle pays homage to its rich automotive history, and adds new styling, technology, and performance standards the 21st century driver will appreciate.

The Volkswagen Kombi

Another popular vintage Volkswagen is the VW Kombi or VW Transporter.  This famous van was originally known as the Volkswagen Type 2 when it was developed in Germany in 1950.  It has been called many things since including the “mini-bus” and “microbus” or simply the Volkswagen Bus.  Like the VW Beetle, the VW Kombi was also popular during the 1960s as a strong symbol of the “hippie” generation and counter-culture movement of the decade. These vehicles are a popular favorite among custom car shops, especially in California.  With a large amount of cargo space and its unique styling, the VW Bus offers endless possibilities for customizing the exterior, interior, audio/entertainment system, or interior design.  From shag rugs and mounted disco balls, to restoring the original classic styling, California VW Kombi owners are always eager to share their work.

Buying Classic Volkswagen Vehicles

Classic Volkswagen vehicles can be purchased through general auctions, auto shows, or from your local dealership.  California Volkswagen fans can find pre-owned Volkswagens at Commonwealth Volkswagen in Santa Ana.  As the premier Volkswagen dealership in Orange County, Commonwealth Volkswagen keeps a variety of pre-owned VWs in stock and even provides financing and maintenance options.


Commonwealth Volkswagen in Santa Ana, California

Commonwealth Volkswagen has been serving Orange County drivers since 1952, offering friendly, experienced, and personalized sales and service assistance.  Commonwealth Volkswagen of Santa Ana is also a proud member of the Penske Automotive Group and is dedicated to providing award-winning service.  As the premier Volkswagen dealership in Orange County, California, Commonwealth Volkswagen makes purchasing a car fun and easy.  Visitors can stop by to test drive their favorite VW car or browse the vast inventory of new and pre-owned vehicles online.  So whether you are looking to purchase a vehicle, need parts or service, or would like information about the latest Volkswagen products and innovations, we guarantee a friendly face is waiting to assist you.


Commonwealth Volkswagen

1450 Auto Mall Drive

Santa Ana, CA 92705

(888) 653-6458