The Volkswagen Bus
The quintessential Stoner vehicle is the Volkswagen Bus. The bus is not the actual name of the van, but Type 2 sounds too…German. The efficient, spacious, and quirky bus won over the entire hippie counter-culture and eventually rose to become a symbol of the movement. The Volkswagen Bus’s simplicity attracted hippies who turned the buses into rolling art pieces. The buses became a reflection of each driver and a symbol for stoners in the 70’s.
The Volkswagen Beetle
Just like the Volkswagen Bus, the Beetle is not the actual name – it’s Type 1, charming, right? No, thank goodness, it has the delightful name Volkswagen Beetle. The Beetle is another icon of the hippie culture but was also embraced by automotive enthusiasts. There are Baja Beetles, Drag Racing Beetles, Rat Rod Beetles, and lowrider Beetles that showed the cars versatility. Stoners appreciated the affordable little lovebug and its reliability.
70’s Conversion Vans
It’s unfortunate that vans these days are associated with pedophilia. Back in the 70’s and 80’s, large vans were in style and had plenty of personality. Unlike the Volkswagen Bus, the conversion vans were not known for their simplicity. Conversion Vans are studio apartments on wheels are outfitted with shag carpets, benches, beds, televisions, and kitchens. On the outside, you can find amazing collages, paintings, racing stripes and murals that are unique to each van. The mustachioed men who drove these vans were the sex symbols of 70’s which garnered the nickname “Shaggin’ Wagon” for their vans. These vans were popular for bands and hippies who lived on the road and went wherever their heart desired.
This utilitarian vehicle is the transportation of choice for stoners who need to brave the winter slopes. The Outback is a reasonable take on the SUV that doesn’t include all the bloated features found in American and German SUVs. All-wheel drive, a large cabin, and a fuel efficient but powerful turbocharged engine come together to make a wonderful utility vehicle. Simplicity and reliability are things stoners love. It means no hassle and freedom to explore nature and travel to festivals without worry.
90’s Toyota 4Runner
The modern day 4Runner is a capable machine but isn’t the kind of vehicle that captures the spirit of a stoner vehicle. The older 4Runners are more utilitarian and simple in their design capturing the spirit of what makes a vehicle popular with stoners. The 90’s 4Runners, the second and third generation 4Runners to be more specific, are great modern road trip vehicles. You will find 4Runners braving the elements at music festivals and campgrounds everywhere.
The Element is about as utilitarian as Honda gets, and if stoners like anything, it’s utilitarian. The floors are urethane making it easy to clean ashes from blunts being passed around. The seats and panels are resistant to the elements, pun intended. The Element is the modern day take on the people’s car. It’s affordable, efficient, and easily customizable allowing stoners to let their creativity flow. Hondas, in general, have taken the role of Volkswagen in the sixties and seventies. The Honda Civic and Accord are also popular with stoners, but the Element is the best for the stoner crowd.