Lot 146 - 1964 Volkswagen Split-Screen Camper '11 Window Microbus'
|Odometer reading||21,328 miles|
|Result||Sold - £31,696|
- - Subject to an extensive restoration
- - Rare ‘11 Window Microbus’
- - In excellent condition throughout
The Volkswagen Type 2 was introduced in 1950 as a multi-variant utility vehicle, known as the Transporter, Kombi or Microbus (depending on body type), and was devised as an evolution of the Volkswagen Type 1, the original Beetle. The first generation of these versatile vehicles (named the T1) was produced with distinctive split-screens from 1950 until 1967. Only two models were originally offered, the Kombi and the Commercial, the Microbus was added in May 1950, and was joined by the Deluxe Microbus in June 1951. The Deluxe Microbus (known as the ‘Sunroof Deluxe' in America) was the most luxurious version of the Volkswagen Transporter T1. The Deluxe model featured eight rear side windows and two rear corner windows, making it the '15-window' but was not available in Europe. Meanwhile, the European-market Deluxe Microbus, with its additional eight small skylight windows is, accordingly, the '23-window'. From the 1964 model year with its wider rear door, the rear corner windows were discontinued, making the latter two, the 13-window and 21-window respectively. The 23 and later 21 window variants each carry the famous nickname 'Samba' and are particularly revered.
This wonderfully presented example is an 11 window ‘Microbus’ model and has been the subject of a comprehensive restoration in more recent times. Built in December 1963, and subsequently registered new in 1964 this camper was a one owner example for much of its life before being imported to the UK from Oregon, USA in 2010. Its second owner commissioned an extensive restoration of the split-screen including a comprehensive respray to the body at which point many parts were powder coated before being re-fitted. The interior was also professionally refinished at this time and still looks excellent today. The engine was also treated to new twin port heads, and a set of Dell’Orto 36 DLRA carburettors were fitted powering up the stock 1600cc motor. Presented in excellent condition throughout the paintwork is very good retaining a deep shine, and the engine and engine bay are in fantastic order. Offered with a large history file detailing the restoration, sundry invoices, old Mot test certificates and the UK registration document. Having completed many road trips with its current vendor, notably to Goodwood, this charming and pristine example is ready to be enjoyed immediately by its new custodian.
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