Echo Park vintage VW bus hits the road – without its owner

Looks like vintage Volkswagens are attracting a lot of unwanted attention these days. A few weeks back The Eastsider wrote about the travails of a Texas woman whose beloved 1962 Volkwagen Beetle was stolen off a Highland Park street. Last night, another vintage Volkswagen – a 1963 VW bus, in this case – was stolen from a gated parking lot near Echo Park and Lucretia avenues. Noel Howard awoke this morning to find the blue and white bus (pictured above with a cat named Oliver) missing from the parking lot, reports his girlfriend in an email:

“The bus is in great condition, in the slow process of restoring it, just had a newly built engine. God, this car is so important to him! … A neighbor said they saw the bus around 1 am outside of Chango, with the blinkers on. It was in front of a silver sedan apparently. He assumed we were in the car. This was the last anyone has seen of the car.”

If anyone has information on the missing VW, please send an email to noeljohnhoward@gmail.com.

Photo courtesy Noel Howard

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