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1973 VW Type 2 Baywindow Campervan


・Reconditioned Engine
・Lots of Storage

The Background

Following on from VW’s first incarnation of a commercial vehicle, the Bay Window Bus was introduced in late 1967. Quite different to its predecessor, many felt that it had lost some of the character of the previous model. However, many refinements were added and its top speed was increased to 80 mph.
This second-generation Type 2 lost its distinctive split front windshield, and was designed to be easier to produce using the advances in mechanised production, and was slightly larger and considerably heavier than its predecessor. Commonly known as the Bay-window, or Bread Loaf in other countries.
The 36bhp engine was also slightly larger, having grown to 1600cc, but was still a single port design at this time. The new bus had done away with the swing axle rear suspension of the Split and Beetle and reduction boxes previously used to raise ride height, and act as an extra gearbox. Instead, half-shaft axles fitted with constant velocity joints raised ride height without the wild changes in camber of the Beetle-based swing axle suspension. The updated Bus transaxle is usually sought after by off-road racers using air-cooled Volkswagen components, as well as being commonly used by Split bus owners when converting their bus to “straight-axles”.

The Bay was modernised by various small changes over a three-year period, all eventually leading to the fitment of the later type 4 engine.

In 1971 VW introduced a new engine, whilst still a 1600cc now featured dual intake ports on each cylinder head, power was increased to 50 bhp, this upgrade coincided with the addition of new road wheels, behind which were disc brakes for the first time on a Type 2.

1971 > 72  Introduction of front disc brakes and new rear brakes. Also the introduction of the small 5 stud wheels with flat hubcaps.

1972 Bodywork changes included flared front and rear wheel arches. Tall rear lights, with reverse lights as an optional extra. This year also saw the introduction of the 1.7L flat Type 4 style engine with twin carbs. There were some vehicles with early style arches and disc brakes. A few of the late ‘72 vehicles have high front indicators and ‘73 on front panels but still have the wrap around style front and rear bumpers.

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The Paperwork 

The camper comes with the original V5, receipt of the engine rebuild, a few receipts and invoices etc.

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The Interior 

This camper has something interesting to look at, on every inch of its inside. The owner took out the kitchen and the rock and roll bed and replaced it. Now, you open the side entry door to a polished two-tone wood floor, two benches for people to sit on, under-seat storage compartments, bright and colourful curtains and the roof lining which is made from a huge amount of individual bamboo sticks. Due to the rock and roll bed being removed, there is a nice bit of storage area in the boot, above the engine too. Into the cabin and the quirkiness continues. From the various different bottle tops, which make up half the dashboard, to the pool ball gear stick. The comfortable leather seats in the front are probably the only “normal” thing in the inside of this brilliantly extraordinary interior, sacks instead of door cars, and netting/sacks that cover the plethora of wires underneath the dashboard. The interior shouts history and we’re sure if it could talk, it could tell some interesting stories. There are a few things that require attention, the aforementioned wiring underneath the dashboard would need sorting out and the interior finishes haven't been done by a professional, instead with love and with the intention of creating memories.

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The Exterior 

This will not be the cleanest example that you will find, however, much like the inside, it's bursting with character. From the “retro camper shack” painted sign on the sides of the van (this was the done by the previous owner who also had a boat, and painted the colour of the camper to match, hence the boat-type text on the sides) to the multi-coloured paintwork. As the owner mentioned, It does grab attention wherever it goes. It's very charismatic and interesting to look at, that is for certain. There are a few points to raise with the bodywork. There are places which will need to be attended to (we’ve tried to photograph as many as we could), considering that the van is nearly 50 years old, there are a few bits that require attention. However, this old beauty still has a lot of life left in her yet. Someone with the know-how will be able to give these bits the attention required, and it could be a rewarding project for someone.

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The Mechanics 

The camper has had a reconditioned engine and has covered around 3,200 miles since. The camper was started when we got there, however it was not moved. We are told that it drives absolutely fine with no issues. There has been welding underneath as seen in the pictures. The engine was started while there and it started without any issues and sounded like it was running nicely. 

The Appeal 

Whether you are a car enthusiast or not, these campervans always attract attention, regardless of condition. wherever they go, this one is absolutely no exception. Regardless of condition – which, questionably, potentially increases the interest on this camper. It is a fantastic looking thing with huge amounts of personality. The owner has had it for 3 years and they have made fantastic memories in it, camping with the kids and the dog. It's now time to go to a new owner, and one of the really lovely things with these is the ability for personalisation. There is nothing like these on the road, that can be personalised as much and in so many ways as the campervan. This one is a fantastic example of that, this has been personalised to the owners taste, so will like it, some would want to change it, and that’s ok, that’s exactly the reason why these are so popular and this one could be yours to create your own memories with family and friends.

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Vehicle specification
  • Year 1973
  • Make Volkswagen
  • Model Type 2 Baywindow
  • Colour Green
  • Odometer 96,351 Miles
  • Engine size 1584
  • Location Gloucestershire
  • Country United Kingdom
Bidding history
3 bids
  • john-bu•••• £500 20/10/21
  • Rosssaa•••• £333 19/10/21
  • simon-m•••• £100 19/10/21

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