While we were out at Aregua, Jeremy took us over to La Vida Loca. He just randomly stumbled upon this place a while back, and it’s a pretty cool find.
It’s a restaurant… a good one. But, it happens to be run by a wacky Austrian guy who has a minor thing for split-window VW buses.
He’s currently restoring 19 splitties. Nineteen.
And, ALL of them have already been sold to European collectors. Average price is around 30K euros. You do the math.
It turns out that back in the 50’s, when German immigrants were pouring into Paraguay (FYI – it’s happening again), they brought their VW’s with them. Mostly, single and double-cab splittes. Now, 50-something years later after these vehicles are exhausted as work-horses, he’s buying them up out of pastures and barns at Paraguayan prices… and making a fortune. He’s discovered gold in Paraguay.
La Vida not-so Loca.