1986-1991 VW Vanagon Syncro
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Some vehicles develop a cult around them because they are impossibly sexy and rare (think Lamborghini Miura). Others because they are orphaned and hideous (think AMC Pacer). The VW Bus is none of those things. Yet the all wheel-drive version of the world's original minivan, available here in the States in regular or pop-top camper form, has swirling around it a dervish of dedicated fans. So vehement is their love for this vehicle that they get together in the desert every May 5 for an outrageous, off-roading, outdoor convention known as Syncro de Mayo. The festival name is enough to make us want one.