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VW Westfalia Camper
This car is available with a labour and parts warranty on request.
This car comes recently serviced and has passed a multipoint check.
- 36,592 Mileage:
- 75 Top Speed:
- 1978 Year:
- 22 0 - 60:
- Sept 14 MOT Expiry:
- 72 BHP:
- March 14 Tax Expiry:
- 4 speed manual Transmission:
- Taiga Green Exterior Colour:
- 2000cc Engine Capacity:
- Green Interior Colour:
- Flat 4 Engine Configuration:
The Kombinationskraftwagen (combined-use vehicle) or Camper for short was introduced in 1950 by Volkswagen as its second car model. The first being the equally iconic Type 1 Beetle.
It all started when a Dutch importer of Volkswagens by the name of Ben Po, travelled to Wolfsburg in 1946 to purchase a Type 1. While he was there he noticed an improvised vehicle used for moving car parts and instantly realized its potential. His first sketch of the van has been dated as April 23rd 1947. Two years later the first production model rolled off the assembly line on November 12th 1949.
The simplicity and versatility of the VW van allowed it to be produced in many different forms for many different roles, these included milk floats, ambulances, flatbed pick-ups, delivery vans, buses and of course it's most popular form as a camper van.
In 1950 Volkswagen subcontracted modifications to the company Westfalia-Werke. Westfalia were the only official Volkswagen approved builders of the camper conversions.
Standard equipment included, various foldout seat arrangements for sleeping, birch plywood interior panels, laminated plywood cabinetry for storage, ice box or cool-box, sink, water storage and pump, electrical hook-ups, curtains, Venetian blind windows and laminated folding table. Optional equipment that could be ordered were attached "pop up" tops with canvas/screen sides, awnings and side tents, portable chemical toilet, camping stove and various camping equipment.
Westfalia camper conversions have proved very popular with Volkswagen customers over the years. They were produced and sold from 1950 until 2003.
The Volkswagen camper van has captured the imagination of generations catapulting it into cult status. As a result there are still updated versions of the Type 2 in production today, over 40 years since its first incarnation.
Foldout seats, cool box, Sink, Water storage and pump, Electrical points, Curtains, Blind windows, Storage cabinets, Spare wheel and cover, Lockable petrol cap, Cassette player and Pioneer speakers, Heated rear screen, Interior lights.
Having been a dry state US import Van this example is a good solid example. It has had a full restoration, including a re-spray in the original Taiga green colour. During the re-spray all of the windows, doors and the roof were removed. As such, the inside of the doors and door shuts have all been painted and finished off correctly. When the van was re-assembled it was fitted with a new front windscreen as well as new window and roof rubbers all round.
On close inspection there is a small amount of light blistering near the rear arch and bottom of the sliding door however this does not detract from the over-all excellent appearance. Both front and rear bumpers have been re-sprayed white and remain free from any scuffs or damage.
The van has been treated to a fresh re-carpeting throughout the interior which remains clean and free from any stains or damage. The front seats have also been re-upholstered with green vinyl and check cloth to match the theme throughout the van. Both front and rear seats are in excellent condition with no tears or damage to be found. The plywood cabinetry is still in good order, housing plenty of storage space, a cool box and sink.
The 'pop up' roof still works exactly as it should, housing a double bed. At the driving end of the van the dashboard houses a cassette player hooked up to a set of Pioneer speakers. All of the switch gear still feels solid to operate.
ENGINE & TRANSMISSION
The Camper is still fitted with the original 2 litre fuel injected engine similar to that which can be found in the Porsche 914. At the turn of the key the engine fires into life and idles correctly up to temperature. Recent replacement parts include a new fuel tank with fuel hoses, engine oil and filter change and a new air filter element.
The 4 speed manual gearbox is matched to the engines power well, allowing a leisurely and comfortable cruising pace.
WHEELS, TYRES & BRAKES
The original 14" steel wheels have been refurbished and painted white to match the bumpers. They also wear the VW chrome hub caps which are all in fine order with no corrosion or pitting to be found. The wheels are shod in a matching set of brand new Hankook tyres.
The rear wheel cylinders have both been replaced, new pads and discs fitted all round, new Boge shocks, flexy brake hoses and the brake system bled through with fresh fluid.
This 1978 VW Westfalia Berlin Camper was first registered in the US where it remained in a dry state for the majority of its life. It has recently been imported to the UK by the current enthusiast owner.
In the history file the current V5 document and MOT certificate can be found, along with various documents referring to the importation of the vehicle.
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