Lot 347 - 1979 Volkswagen Camper T2 Westfalia
|Estimate||£16,000 - £20,000|
|Result||Sold - £20,552|
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 an, in so doing, not having to rely on hotels. 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 1979 registered Camper was imported into the UK in May 1981 and has recently been the subject of a major restoration project. The bodywork has benefitted from extensive work as has the interior trim; the elevating roof is also new. Mechanically, she has just had a new engine fitted and we are advised by the vendor that this is a very reliable and comfortable Volkswagen. Supplied with a V5 registration document and a years' MoT test certificate, this lefthand drive, four berth Camper is ready to be used and enjoyed immediately, what better way to enjoy the rest of the 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.