From modern sports cars to classics, comedian Jay Leno has driven nearly every type of vehicle imaginable in his video series, Jay Leno’s Garage. And in a recent episode, he drives this Volkswagen Samba owned by stand-up comedian Gabriel Iglesias.
The Samba, which was also known in the United States as the Sunroof Deluxe, began production in 1951 as the most luxurious variant of the Volkswagen Transporter T1. And in the 1960s, the van became known as a “hippie bus.” Samba buses are also unique in that they were equipped with two standard pivoting doors, rather than sliding doors, as well as a fabric sunroof. Speaking of the roof, the top of the bus, typically painted white, was just a tad longer than the rest of the vehicle to act as a sun visor for the driver.
Gabriel Iglesias’ example is in pristine condition, but that doesn’t mean that it’s not without faults. Mr. Leno finds that it has some trouble moving down the highway, and there’s also a problem with the starter, namely that it doesn’t always work.
Watch the video for the full scoop on Iglesias’ neat-vintage 1966 Volkswagen Samba.