• Nov 9, 2009
In 1974, this 1965 Volkswagen Type 2 (a.k.a. 'Bus') was stolen from Washington State. Fast-forward to October 19 of this year and custom agents at the Port of Los Angeles open up a container bound for Europe only to rediscover said van. Somehow, the Bus's VIN was still in the LAPD's stolen vehicle database. Guess which 1965 Type 2 is no longer headed for Europe?

Here's where it gets a little bit foggy, a little bit weird. According to the Los Angeles Times, the cops and the feds can't find the original owner. And the gentleman that restored the thirteen-window Bus to such pristine condition and who was planning on shipping said Bus back to the fatherland is also a victim of the theft – meaning he's off the hook, but out of money. Because way back in 1974, Allstate ("You're in good hands") Insurance paid the then owner $2,500 for the stolen Volkswagen. Which means that Allstate is winding up with the Bus.

Update: The original owner has been located! Her name is Michelle Squires and yes, she would like her Bus back. The reason that she couldn't be located at first is because her last name used to be Carlson. Says Squires, "I don't know if I could afford it because the restored bus is supposed to be around $25,000 now, but I would like the opportunity to talk to Allstate to see if I could get it back." While we think it would be a stellar PR coup for Allstate, Squires should probably prepare to stay separated from her van.

[Source: Los Angeles Times | Image: Department of Homeland Security]


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      • 5 Years Ago
      Wow it sucks for the guy that restored it cuz he only got $2500 for all the workt hat he did.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Can't find the original owner ? I say BS !
      You mean to tell me with all of the sophisticated equipment here in the 21st. Century they can't locate this fellow ? Wow ! I'm shocked , SHOCKED !
      • 5 Years Ago
      I smell a corporate vehicle... Seeing as their colours are blue and white.
      • 5 Years Ago
      A very beautiful bus.
      • 5 Years Ago
      If they can't find the original owner, I'd say put the thing up for auction, and give the proceeds to charity.

      They paid $2500 for a nine-year-old VW Bus, back in 1974? If I'd been that owner, I'd have been pleased with that settlement.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Psst, you mean it would be a PR coup for Allstate. It's not a coupe. It's a bus.
      • 5 Years Ago
      http://www.khq.com/Global/story.asp?S=11466484

      It looks as if they've found the original owner.
        • 5 Years Ago
        I appear to be a regular Carl Bernstein.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Amazing! but how can the current owner be held responsibly for it being stolen 35yrs ago? thats rediculous, that bus is obviously his, I wonder how many owners it went through?
        • 5 Years Ago
        While he's not being held responsible for having a stolen vehicle as he probably bought it on the up and up as did some of the previous owners had, the fact still remains it was stolen and belongs to AllState. The sad thing, is that this vehicle was probably put back into service by simply reregistering it in a different state, probably on the very same day it was stolen. Times were different back then, and state licensing bureau's certainly didn't talk to each other. What would be good of AllState would be to partially compensate this owner's losses with the wind-fall this van will reap.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Crazy Idea: Once all evidence of wrong-doing has been eliminated, Allstate should set up a web-poll to determine if the new or old owner should have the chance to 'win' the VW from them. I'm kinda torn on who should get it, but I think it should be one of the two.
      • 5 Years Ago
      OMG! I NEED NEW SHOES! What a timely post! You see, my bus was seized by the government, and I've been having to walk a lot lately...
      • 5 Years Ago
      I wonder if I could get a fully restored Cadillac in a few years.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Sucks for the current owner who probably paid money and put in work time AND more more money to restore it....
        • 5 Years Ago
        Yes it does. This is one of those things where you say-" there is no justice". The law will say you can sue the person/business where you bought it, but what do you think your chances are to get your investment back really are. This is why people climb up a church steeple and shoot eleven people
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