Lot 289 - 1973 13105 Camper Westfalia Continental
|Odometer reading||42,239 miles|
|Estimate||£18,000 - £23,000|
|Result||Sold - £20,160|
The Westfalia Company was founded in 1844 by Johann Knobel and originally concentrated on the manufacture of agricultural tools and whilst part of that became involved with building of 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 their large space and easy mechanics, they were an instant hit with the general public and at weekends owners started using these transporters to go away in, adding extra seats, beds and camping stoves and so not 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 and 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 Volkswagen Camper is in excellent condition and offers a number of options to the new owner. Built in the Continental style, this camper is supplied with an awning and elevated roof; technically speaking it is a five berth vehicle. Having been restored to a very high standard, this 'Westy' presents beautifully in typical white over orange with a virtually unmarked interior and with all its facilities appearing to be present and correct. Volkswagen Campers come in various shapes, sizes and condition; this one is in superb order and comes supplied with a V5 registration document and an MoT test certificate valid until 14th August 2014. Clearly a highly cherished and much loved example, this pristine camper is ready for summer and represents the last word in 'glamping'.
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