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1966 VW Volkswagen Type 2 Split Screen Camper For Sale

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  • £25,000 As stated
  • 1966
  • Haywards Heath
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Price £25,000 As stated
Ad Type For Sale
Category Camper Vans
Make Volkswagen
Model Camper
  Type 2 Split Screen
Year 1966
Mileage 70,000 miles
Country UK
Region Sussex
Town Haywards Heath
Telephone 01444 683313
Seller's phone number is protected behind a forwarding service
Status Private
Date 29-Dec-2020
Ref C1298233
This is the time to buy! Splitty prices will increase in spring! That's the hard sell done with! I've put together some info on my '66 Bus which I'm selling due to illness. The good and the bad. To be honest, 99% of the stuff I've put under bad is very minor: mostly cosmetic personal preference stuff. I just want to give you all the info.

I'll consider serious offers and possible part exchanges. Please realise that I've priced this beautiful bus between Brazilan built versions and German show buses. This could be a show bus with a small investment of time and money... I wanted one that looked the business but was a practical tourer. Anyway, here are the details:

History
The bus was born in Hannover, Germany, in mid 1966 and shipped to Houston/San Antonio that year. She eventually found herself in California where she spent many years as a surf bus. The bus was imported into the UK around 2004, restored, and then registered in 2006. She was given a London area aged related plate. The bus passed hands once before I bought it off a young couple who'd just had a baby and needed the money.

Finding that the bus was not as straight as I'd been led to believe, or as professionally restored, I decided to deal with the rot. Here are the details:

Body
Good:
I had all the rot cut out. The work was carried out by Sussex Aircooled. They went above and beyond with the restoration of the tailgate, and the correct positioning of the side and passenger door mounts. In all, I spent about 20 grand with them. I have the receipts. The body is still solid.

The body is very straight. I've seen a lot of splitties with severe panel rippling. Ours is great. The rear and side doors fit great; the driver and passenger doors need a firm hand to shut. They've been like that since new seals were fitted.

Bad:
There's a dent under the rear driver's side taillight. A little old lady did it in Sainsburys car park. It's actually hard to see unless you're up close but you might want to get that sorted.

Exterior paint
Good:
I had the bus resprayed in the same codes she was in when I bought her: Porsche Sahara Beige and Porsche Chocolate Brown. These are classic Porsche 911 codes. The idea was to reference the original early 50s beige and brown design that some buses came in but get a more vibrant custom look. It makes the bus standout at shows, and she's a real head turner on the road.

Aside from the aforementioned dent, the paint is in excellent condition. I keep it clean and polished... The bus really pops in the sunlight.

Bad:
There are some paint cracks on the rear bumper. Again, you don't really notice the cracks unless you're looking for them.

Also, there are a few minute stress cracks in the paint under the windshields and the driver side of the body. Quality polish has protected these from the elements.

Roof
Good:
We had the bus resprayed up to the roof guttering so the roof paint is older. The reasons for that are: the roof is solid and didn't need any repairs; the budget was already taken up with the rest of the restoration; and, there are hibiscus flower outlines on the roof to match the interior door and panel cards, and cool box.

Bad:
Since the restoration work, the vinyl hibiscus outlines have begun to peel in places. My plan was to remove them completely and give the roof a good polish to match the shine on the bodywork. Plus, the roof guttering has some light surface discolouration, possibly rust. I protect the guttering with polish and it hasn't got any worse. This is a common area for serious rot in a splitty so I've been vigilant.

The pop top
Good:
The push-up top mechanism works great. It doesn't let in water when you're driving like some do, and it provides great ventilation when camping in hot weather.

Bad:
The fabric is a bit worn but as we wouldn't expose it to rain anyway, it hasn't been necessary to replace it.

Brightwork
Good:
There's not that much chrome on the van. The front and rear indicator rims are in great shape, as are the lenses.

Bad:
The bus has its original headlamp rims and these are pitted. I kept them on for old times sake but you might want to rechrome or replace for fresher looks.

Note:
In classic splitty bus style, the door mirrors are essentially for decoration. If touring, I'd recommend getting bigger clip on mirrors although I've been all over France and Belgium in the bus and visibility was fine.

Interior
Good:
As we wanted to tour in the bus we didn't spend much money in the interior as it was tidy and functional. We did have a new checkered floor covering fitted, seat belts for the rear bench seat/bed, and a 12 volt charging point on the panel under the bench seat/bed.
There is a surf board table, surfboard rear mirror, interior spot lights, curtains, and clip on window insulators for use at night when you're camping.

The full size rock'n'roll bed has a two tone vinyl cover and some storage underneath. It's in good shape.

The window glass and seals are in good shape too. Splitties can suffer from condensation when you're sleeping in them. We reduce this by keeping the front driver window open.

The speedo, fuel gauge, indicator stalk, two position headlight push/pull knob, and windscreen wiper control work perfectly. There's a flick switch for windscreen washers too.

Bad:
We didn't have the interior of the van painted as it was practical for us as it is. You might think it could do with a spruce up here and there. There are some paint cracks, in particular on the inside frames of the double side doors.

The surfboard table is in good condition but could do with a light sanding. It didn't bother us but you might prefer it smoother.

The headlining looks great but it has a couple of clips holding it up in the front cab. I've seen this a lot on splitties. It probably needs some glue but the clips do the job.

While the fabric hibiscus interior panels and matching curtains are in great shape, the bottom of the matching driver and passenger door cards are a bit worn. I was planning on adding tougher fabric patches to smarten them up. I guess you might replace the panels but I thought I should mention it.

The dashboard has some old stickers on it, and some sticker residue, that need to be removed. Just cosmetic but mentioned in the spirit of full disclosure.

We kept the front seats original for nostalgia but even we have to admit they need reupholstered at some point in the near future. The driver's seat has splits in it; the passenger seat's stuffing is making a break for it. They still work great and feel comfortable but cosmetically they're not spiffing. Seatbelts are the original lap style. Again you might want those updated.

Electrics
Good:
The bus is running a 12v circuit. Headlamps (dipped and full beam), indicators, and brake lights are all perfect.

Bad: It's not really bad as such but there is no reverse light... as per vintage dub. I was going to fit one but its never been a problem. There's not much more to worry about electrics wise. It's a very simple setup.

Drive train
Good: The 1776cc engine is a champ. It's not the original motor, it's way stronger. In the years I've owned the bus I've never had a breakdown. It pulls like a train uphill in third and is good for just over 60mph flat out. There's masses of tuning potential in the motor - you'll know that better than me - and I was planning to exploit that before I got ill. That'll be the pleasure of the next owner.

The gear box is great. Finding gear is effortless. Some buses put their owners through hell when it comes to changing gear but ours is a good one.

The clutch feels good. I'm not sure how much life there is left in it. I actually took it to my local garage earlier this year for a replacement and it turned out it just needed the clutch cable to be adjusted. Honest garage! Since then, the clutch has worked great.

Bad:
There is no bad. I really can't fault the engine and gearbox. They've been so reliable. My '66 has been my daily driver so she gets a good run about everyday. The bus will generally start first or second time with a light prod of the accelerator. Takes a wee bit longer sometimes in the cold weather.

Steering
There's no good or bad here! The bus has its original non-powered steering box setup. You know your dubs... If however, I was selling to a newbie, I'd say the steering takes a bit of getting used to. I love the way it drives and haven't been tempted to do a rack and pinion conversion or power steering upgrade but you might want to consider it.

I think she's still on the original steering wheel. It has that infamous splitty wobble but does the job, plus the horn still works.

Wheels/lowering
Good:
The five spoke wheels are in good condition but could probably use a polish if you prefer them shiny. The front and rear tyres are different sizes to improve handling and get a more aggressive stance. I don't have the stats to hand but I'll obviously get that info for you.

The bus was lowered by Evil Bens in Truro, Cornwall, who are famous for that kind of work. The result looks great.

Bad:
As expected with lowered dubs there are some scrapes on the underside of the front bumper. To be honest, I've only hit stuff twice. The first was a speed bump I took too fast, the other a weird main road/side street intersection in Belgium. I haven't hit anything else since.

Also, there's no spare wheel. Something I meant to sort out but didn't.

Brakes
Good:
I paid a couple of grand for a front disc brake conversion last year. It's made a huge difference to the driving experience! The rear brakes are old school drums but work great in conjunction with the front discs.

The disc conversion was carried out by Ant at Kustom Revival in Small Dole in Brighton. He does great work.

Misc
The battery is a few months old and does the business. There's an isolator switch under the engine hatch to protect the battery and provide extra security.

Tires were fitted last year and are still in good shape.

There's an alarm system with a remote on/off fob. It works very well.

There's also a stereo. It's connected to a couple of speakers sitting on the parcel shelf under the dashboard. Not the pinnacle of modern in car entertainment but works ok.

The bus comes with accessories: sleeping bags, a cover sheet for the rock'n'roll bed, a gas stove with almost full canister, travel pot and pan, a boil on the stove kettle, and powerful portable night lights. I've got a small amount of spare parts too.

Summing up
My '66 Bus is what Mike Brewer on Wheeler Dealers would call an honest motor. It looks cool but is not so pristine that it can't be taken on long runs and holidays and enjoyed fully.

Reliability is great. You need to able to trust your old bus when you're camping out in the French wilderness and ours has never let us down.

It can be used as is or be the foundation for a fantastic show bus. Original German buses are getting really pricey now, even Brazilian splitties are going for daft money. As I've found, there's a lot of trash for sale hiding behind nice paint jobs. What I'm offering is a proper German splitty with great bones.

Please let me know if you have any more questions.

Best regards
Ed

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