Everyone’s at least somewhat familiar with the Scooby-Doo series of animated low-stakes real estate mysteries, correct? The one where a group of nomadic teens in a van roam the country stopping (usually) real estate developers from using Halloween costumes to force the sale of properties? You know what kind of van they drove? I bet you don’t.
Well, I suppose our particular readership of Jalops may have a better guess than the population at large, because I’m fairly certain — from informal polling and rich, fulfilling life experiences — that most people believe that the Scooby-Doo crew’s van (known as the Mystery Machine) is a VW Microbus.
I’ll attempt here to show why I think this is, and also to make a best guess as to exactly what sort of van it is. The Mystery Machine actually doesn’t quite seem to be a specific van, but a sort of hybrid of several possibilities, though I think we can find one particular one that has the most influence on the design.
First, let me rule out once and for all the Microbus assumption. I think this is a fairly lazy assumption that’s based on the van...