Cruising the coast in air-cooled style for Treffen 2018

If you were lucky enough to be driving along the West Coast last month, you might have seen a few more classic Volkswagens than usual, and a couple that you might not have recognized. That was the 2018 edition of the Highway 1 Treffen, the annual 1,700-odd-mile cruise from Canada to Mexico along some of the most beautiful roads in America.

This year, dozens of VW Buses, Beetles, Karmann Ghias, Type 412s and other models from Volkswagen’s air-cooled era took part in the caravan. The Volkswagen Type 3 wasn’t as beloved as the Beetle in the period between 1966 and 1973 when it was sold in the United States, but the surviving wagons and hatchbacks have a devoted following today. The ride even included a few cars that were never officially sold here, including a Volkswagen Type 147 – a two-door panel van sold in Europe mainly as a postal delivery truck and nicknamed the Fridolin.

You can check out our photos below, then set your calendar to check out Treffen when it returns in 2019.

2018 Treffen