1966 VW Split Screen Camper Van – German Built & Factory RHD For Sale
This is a genuine German built and factory supplied Right Hand Drive Split Screen bus from new. Out of hundreds examples we have seen over the years, this is without a doubt one of the very best. The late 1966 dashboard with the later style radio cut out hole and original blanking plate is perfectly intact with no sign of grinding or drilling unnecessary holes which is a miracle and a very clear indication alone that this bus has been well loved and cared for throughout the decades.
Finished in stunning year correct colours, Titian Red / Beige Grey. This bus has been subject to a bare metal restoration in recent years where the shell has been stripped right back and carefully prepared ensuring that all metal work was in solid and straight order before primer and paint were applied. The panels and gaps are all very good, perhaps even better than they would have been in 1966 when it left the factory!
The bus has been fitted with all of the ‘bells & whistles’ which makes the iconic shape, design and feel of the model stand out at its utmost including the deluxe beltline trim with black insert, US Specification bumpers with towel rails and over riders, deluxe bumper trim kit and inserts, original polished chrome front badge that still gleams like new and also shows its original patina when viewed up close (a priceless item that would be sacrilege to replace).
Reconditioned 1600cc Engine combined with a reconditioned gearbox and IRS (Independent Rear Suspension) help to make this bus one of the very best I have ever driven. The gear change is flawless and how it should be on one of these buses with no excessive play and the engine runs smoothly providing plenty of power. This is mainly due to it running on original specification ancillaries that have not been tampered or replaced with poor quality after market products over the decades. The original style vacuum advance distributor, Air intake system and 34 PICT-3 Carburettor all contribute to this.
Interior features fresh upholstery throughout including Navy / Cream vinyl door cards and seats. The door cards even have fluted inserts and polished stainless deluxe trim pieces as per the style of original specification. Year correct headliner installed professionally in perforated off white vinyl, full curtain track set and curtains with tiebacks installed. (These can be changed to your preference easily).
The rear of the bus currently comprises of chequered flooring and a full width rock n’ roll bed (essentially a three person rear seat that folds down to make a large double bed). We purposely have left the rest of the rear as a blank canvas as we specialise in interior fit outs on these vehicles.
Should you wish for any additional cabinets to be built or for the existing rear interior to be removed and a completely bespoke new interior to be installed, we are able to offer this service. We prefer to leave it for the customer to choose exactly what they would like as it allows for personal preference as opposed to us just choosing what we think sells best. You can add gas cookers, sinks, fridges, televisions and even Pop Top conversions. You name it! It can be done!
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