Lot 321 - 1977 Volkswagen Camper Westfalia
|Odometer reading||84,000 miles|
|Estimate||£16,000 - £20,000|
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 campers.
This Volkswagen presents in good order and benefits from a recent reconditioned engine. The interior trim is in excellent condition and the advantage of a Westfalia is the four-berth option. We are advised by the vendor that TJA 606R drives very well with no known faults. Supplied with a V5 registration document and a current MoT test certificate, together with a service book; anticipation of warmer weather is sure to create interest in this lefthand drive VW camper.
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