IT MAY BE THE MOST WANTED VEHICLE IN SPOKANE...
SO MUCH THAT THE OWNERS HAVE PUT UP A SIGN TO LET
EVERYONE KNOW IT'S NOT FOR SALE.
KXLY'S ALLIE NORTON JOINS US LIVE IN THE STUDIO WITH
THE STORY ABOUT THIS POPULAR WAGON.
AARON, THE LASHLEY'S SAY THEY GOT A MINIMUM OF SIX
OFFERS A DAY FOR THEIR 1966 VOLKSWAGON BUS.
SOME EVEN BROUGHT COLD HARD CASH TO LET THEM KNOW
THE DEAL WAS REAL.
NOW THEY'VE HAD ENOUGH AND PUT UP A SIGN FOR ALL TO
SEE NO AMOUNT OF MONEY WILL DO.
("I think everyone just kind of wants to get back
to their roots and this kind of gets them there.")
THE YEAR IS 1966.
LUNA TEN BECAME THE FIRST TO ORBIT AROUND THE MOON.
JANIS JOPLIN PLAYED HER FIRST GIG.
AND THIS CAR MADE ITS DEBUT.
("They had a green, I think a light green color, a
light blue and then this maroon color.")
THIS 1966 VOLKSWAGON BUS IS THE APPLE OF ROD LASHLEY'S
21 WINDOWS, RAG TOP ROOF AND JEAN FABRIC SEATS.
....A BEAUTY... BUT LATELY IT'S BEEN THE ROOT OF LASHLEY'S
("I sort of see people's interest, but boy were they
making me miserable.")
HE AND HIS WIFE HAVE BEEN GETTING SIX PEOPLE DAILY..
SHOWING UP AT THEIR HOUSE ON DRISCOLL BOULEVARD ASKING
IF THE BUS IS FOR SALE.
("What are you doing with that Volkswagon in the driveway.
You selling that car? No. No, there's no sign on it.")
ROD'S WIFE BRENDA FINALLY GOT FED UP WITH THE CONSTANT
LAST WEEK THEY PUT UP THIS SIGN INFORMING CURIOUS
VOLKSWAGON ENTHUSIASTS TO NOT EVEN ASK.... NO MATTER
("A real estate guy stopped by and I think he had
$47,000 in cash.")
IT'S THEIR SON'S DREAM VEHICLE.
THEY SAW IT ALONG THE SIDE OF THE ROAD 25 YEARS AGO
AND BOUGHT IT FOR 1,700 DOLLARS.
FIRST WITH THEIR SON... NOW PARKED IN THE CARPORT
WAITING FOR ROD TO GIVE IT A NEW MOTOR.
("It's his hobby. It's his pride and joy. He enjoys
working on it.")
AND ROD DOES LOVE IT.
HE JUST WISHES HE WOULD HAVE PUT IT IN THE GARAGE
BEFORE THE MOTOR DIED.
("If I would have realized I was going to get the
amount of attention I am with it, I would have tried
to hide it a little better.")
AARON, THE LASHLEY'S SAY THAT THEY MAY EVENTUALLY
SELL IT.. BUT NOT ANYTIME SOON.
AND IF THEY DO... YOU'LL SEE A "FOR SALE" SIGN ON
REPORTING IN THE STUDIO, I'M ALLIE NORTON KXLY 4 NEWS.