Lot 255 - 1973 Volkswagen T2 Westfalia Campervan
|Odometer reading||40,736 miles|
|Estimate||£4,000 - £7,000|
|Result||Sold - £7,840|
The Westfalia Company was founded in 1844 by Johann Knobel and originally concentrated on the manufacture of agricultural tools which also led to involvement in building horse drawn carriages. The factory was virtually wiped out by bombing during the Second World War but they recovered sufficiently to exhibit a caravan at the 1947 Hanover Fair. That might have been the end of the story had the VW Transporter not come into existence in 1950. With large interior space and easy mechanics, they were an instant hit with the general public and at weekends owners started using them to go away in, adding extra seats, beds and camping stoves and avoiding having to rely on hotels or guest houses. The breakthrough came in 1951 when an American army officer asked Westfalia to convert a motor caravan which quickly resulted in an order for fifty more. In 1952 they started producing the first VW Transporter Camping Boxes; these vehicles had a cabinet installed behind the front seat which contained washing and cooking equipment with fold down worktops while the rear seat converted into a sleeping platform. In 1972/73 production started on a series of conversions that established Westfalia as the leading converter of VW Transporters. Westfalia continue to produce fine examples of motorcaravans to this day in what has become a very competitive market.
This 1973 Volkswagen T2 Westfalia Camper is mostly original although it was repainted in the mid 1990's changing the colour from orange to blue, whilst leaving the white area untouched. The T2 Westfalia has a number of outstanding features including the wedge type roof which has room for two children to sleep in, a luggage carrier to the rear section of the roof, a two ring cooker, a sink with running water, a fridge, storage cupboards, fold down tables, a rear bench seat which folds out to be a double bed and the front spare wheel carrier. This Volkswagen Camper is supplied with a V5C registration document and an MoT test certificate which expires in February 2014. The Volkswagen Camper has become something of an icon in British and American culture, evolving from the surf culture that grew in the mid-to-late 1960's and currently experiencing something of a renaissance with the explosion in popularity of the music festival.
Previous lotLot 254 - 1988 Mercedes-Benz 300SL
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