Guide price: £18,000- £22,000
・Off road for the last two years
・Excellent condition throughout
The Volkswagen Type 2 ‘Bay Window’ is up there with the likes of the Austin Mini, the Ford Mustang and - of course - the Volkswagen Beetle when it comes to fame. Whether you’re a petrolhead or not, almost everyone knows what a VW camper is, such is the iconic nature of these vehicles.
Continuing on from the success of the T1 Type 2 ‘Split Screen’ vehicles, the T2 entered production in 1967, boasting a larger body, improved drivability, comfort enhancements and the wrap-around ‘bay’ front window in place of the previous two-piece item on the T1.
The engine was enlarged for improved power and torque, the electrics were upgraded to a 12-volt system, the rear suspension was changed for a half-shaft design, front disk brakes were fitted and the front doors could now open a full 90-degrees, all of which made the T2 a very appealing base for camper van conversions.
Such was the success of the T2, that even after production ended in Germany during 1979, the T2 was built (with a few modifications) in Mexico up until 1994! To this day, the T2 has an incredibly strong and loyal fan base, and no longer sits ‘in the shadow’ of the earlier T1.
Purchased by the vendor on 09 October 2010 as a light restoration project, this T2 has actually had two restorations during the current ownership.
The first restoration effort took place during 2010, during which time numerous panels were replaced, the interior was overhauled and the entire vehicle was re-sprayed in the colours that you see before you. In 2019, the vehicle received further significant work in the form of a new roof and headlining which transformed both the interior and exterior appearance.
The cheerily-named ‘Bertie Bus’ has been an integral part of family life for the vendor, transporting their family to holidays, school leavers events and acting as the ideal vehicle for sunset-filled jaunts to beauty spots on summer evenings.
Since 2019, the camper has been kept off the road, during which time it has been mostly kept within a dry workshop to minimise its exposure to the elements.
Included with the vehicle is the V5 ownership document which shows 7 prior owners, and a number of receipts and invoices from the restoration process.
Inside, the cabin of this T2 conjures up images of sunny beaches, family road trips and camping holidays. Just looking at the photos is enough to almost be able to smell the log fires and here the gentle thrum of the air-cooled flat-four engine behind you.
The seats are all in excellent condition and are virtually unmarked from what we can see, with a lovely orange and white finish to match the exterior colours of this ‘bay window’ camper. The floor remains in great condition with only a few minor wear-and-tear marks, while the ‘pop top’ roof is in excellent near-pristine condition, which is no surprise given that it was installed in 2019.
Up front, the steering wheel and dashboard are in great shape, wearing only a few minor hard-earned ‘patina’ marks on the high-traffic areas in particular. The door cards are still in great shape, as is the headlining throughout and the small kitchenette area.
According to the vendor, everything in here works as it should, with no known faults or warning lights on the dashboard.
The orange and white colour scheme on the exterior of this Type 2 is a timeless combination, as as the vendor’s wife puts it, it brightens up the day with its “sunny personality” and we’re inclined to agree based on the photos we’ve seen.
The body panels are lovely and straight, with no signs of any impacts or accident damage. The paintwork is also in excellent shape, with only minor wear-and-tear to the front end in the form of stone chips which are commensurate with the age and mileage of the vehicle.
The vendor notes that due to having been left standing for around two years, a small patch of corrosion has developed on the sliding door panel, along with a few sporadic patches in the rain gutter.
Having been stood for a significant length of time, the engine bay is in need of a thorough cleaning, but the vendor reports that there are no known issues with the mechanics of this T2, with all systems working as they should.
During their ownership, the vendor has fitted twin Weber carburettors to improve performance, which are a common modification made to these 1600 engines.
The most recent MOT took place during May 2015, and resulted in a pass. Due to its age, the vehicle is exempt from mandatory MOT testing.
Air-cooled VW Campers will forever be one of the best-known and most important vehicles of the 20th century. Produced in dizzying numbers and occupying almost every role you can think of from ambulances to vans and everything in-between, the Type 2 truly was and is an icon of its time.
This 1975 T2 ‘Bay Window’ camper offers one lucky bidder the chance to get behind the wheel of a T2 which seems to want for nothing other than fuel and a new driver. Turn the key, listen to that unique flat-four sound and point this T2 towards the nearest beach - you won’t regret it!
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