For some reason this seems like it’s supposed to be a momentous occasion. I don’t know why, but at least it’s fun to watch all of the digits roll over. It’s like a new beginning. A rebirth of sorts. Put the past behind us and look forward to the next 100,000.
Every new beginning comes from some other beginning’s end.
Seneca, 4 BC – AD 65
The Blue Ridge Parkway is not a bad place to mark this otherwise meaningless event. We celebrated by having a snowball fight and then driving some more.
How many actual miles does our bus have on it? We have no idea.
Thanks to the stamped “M-code” plate and some web magic, we are able to see where Red Beard got started, though. It’s somewhat serendipitous that it’s first miles on the odometer were possibly right in this same area near DC. Also, if we extrapolate backwards from that production date a few months, it’s likely the bus was being birthed on the German assembly line around the same time Angela and I were entering into the world as well.
|Production Date:||February 17, 1971|
|Exported To:||USA, Washington D.C.|
|Engine KW (BHP):||35 (47)|
|Paint / Interior|
|Paint Scheme:||Chianti Red|
|Paint Notes:||code for Westfalia campmobiles (type 23)|
|Interior Notes:||This model has a special paint code which means no interior info is available|
|518:||Campmobile with pop-up roof|
|a02:||Specifications for the USA / Speedo in miles, Sealed beam headlamps, Rear window defroster, Back-up lamps, Side marker reflectors… (?)|
|p31:||Westfalia SO 70/2 interrior (?)|
|507:||Vent wings in cab doors|