Lot 398 - 1966 Volkswagen Split Screen Camper
|Odometer reading||29,504 miles|
|Estimate||£20,000 - £25,000|
|Result||Sold - £25,760|
Known officially as the Volkswagen Type 2 and, depending on body type, either as a Transporter, Kombi or Microbus, this VW was also known informally as the Bus in the US and Camper in the UK. Introduced in 1950 as Volkswagen's second car model, it was derived from their first, the Beetle, that was designated the Type 1.
Built in 1966 and registered in 1967, this lefthand drive Type 2 camper was subject to an extensive restoration approximately five years ago by one of the UK's leading specialists, Wide5. Works included replacement cargo floor, jacking points, dog legs, top hats, long side panel, bottom seven inch nose with inner and outer skins, front arches and inner and outer cargo door sills. A new 1600cc Mexican import engine was also fitted giving this VW the power to keep up with modern traffic conditions. To finish, the interior was custom made by another well known Volkswagen interior specialist, Bromsgrove Auto Trim.
The restoration was commissioned by the drinks company, New Nordik, who used this Split Screen camper as a promotional vehicle for touring around the UK. It is reported that in excess of £30,000 was spent on the restoration with a further £5,000, in more recent times, on the interior trim. To enhance its usability, the camper has been stone chipped and waxed on the underside.
Presented with a striking red and white colour scheme and an interior to match, this split screen Volkswagen camper represents an excellent example of the marque and indeed was featured in a five page spread in VW magazine, a copy of which accompanies the sale. With the benefit of being ready to drive away immediately, this stunning Camper is sure to attract many admiring glances on the festival circuit this summer.
Interested parties should satisfy themselves as to the description and condition of each lot prior to the sale. Buyers are advised to inspect the car in person or use a professional to carry out this service.