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I've been recently on the beautiful island of La Palma, and in the rural areas, I noticed a considerable number of similarly-styled cars (same grey, all pick-ups), namely VW T2 pick-ups, which looked like this, but in even better shape:

VW T2 Pic-up

Is there a story behind this? Are these ex-army vehicles which have been sold to farmers in lieu of better ways of disposal? Are these cars (the last of which has been manufactured in 1979) just that good for agricultural work on a volcanic island?

Picture by Robotriot (Own Work) [GFDL (http://www.gnu.org/copyleft/fdl.html) or CC BY-SA 3.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0)], via Wikimedia Commons

closed as off-topic by Itai, Calchas, Mark Mayo Jul 1 '16 at 10:51

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    Welcome! I don't think this is a question about travel; rather, it's a question about the habits and customs of people in a particular place. If this is travel, then almost any question about any group of people is travel, too. – David Richerby Jun 26 '16 at 9:20
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    I'm voting to close this question as off-topic because it is about the habits and customs of people in a particular place. The only connection to travel is that the asker was travelling when the question occurred to them. – David Richerby Jun 26 '16 at 9:21
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    @DavidRicherby: You have a point. But then, what about the series of questions concerning the use of a bidet? Were they off-topic, too? Is there any other SE site where this might be mirgrated to because it suits better? – Roland Jun 26 '16 at 9:32
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    @DavidRicherby We have plenty of similar questions, e.g. "Why 00 is the German bathroom symbol". This is on-topic. – JonathanReez Jun 26 '16 at 10:07
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    @DavidRicherby: If we want to find a reason how this is travel-specific, that is well possible: For instance, from the angle of someone who looks for seeing this old car type in use, and thus searches for locations where it can be found, the reasons why these cars are currently widespread in a given location can be relevant (as it is also an indication whether they are likely still in use in 2, 5, 10, ... years from now, and whether it is, for instance, likely to find one for rent or other purposes). – O. R. Mapper Jun 26 '16 at 12:01