Lot 123 - 1963 Volkswagen Type 2 (T1) Splitscreen Camper
|£19,000 - £24,000
- Rare UK supplied right hand drive example
- Period camper conversion
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 a distinctive split windscreen 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 example has been in the care of our vendor for more than ten years and is a very rare find, a UK supplied right hand drive example. Presented in a fetching two-tone maroon and white colourway, this example looks to have been previously restored but not during our vendor’s ownership. The interior is set up for nights away with space to sleep two and an Electrolux fridge. The camper is supplied with a V5C registration document and MoT test certificate valid until July 2024. Our vendor reports the vehicle is a delight to drive but recent lack of use has aided the decision that it is time for someone else to enjoy this fabulous ‘splitty’.
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