The VW Camper has always conjured up images of freedom and adventure, any image of the great outdoors wouldn’t be complete without a ‘Westy’ or ‘Splitty’ in the picture. The Californian West Coast has moved the vision to iconic status as generations have ‘lived the dream’ with endless summers of beaches and surfing. . . . peace and love for the less inclined.
This gorgeous example was supplied new in 1963 to San Ontonio, Texas, where it remained for over 50 years. Originally supplied as a Micro-Bus, and, as confirmed by the VW Stiftung AutoMuseum Volkswagen, the van left the factory in the colour scheme it wears today.
The VW was located in Texas by the current vendor and brought to the UK, whereupon a detailed restoration was commissioned. As expected bearing in mind the Texan climate, upon peeling back layers of paint the body was incredible solid. After a few minor repairs to the sills, the van was painted back to Sealing Was Red (L53), with a Beige Grey (L472) roof. The 1600cc engine was stripped and rebuilt, and new parts were gathered where needed (such as a new fuel tank, bearings, bushes, window and door seals). The work was entrusted to the well respected Brookside Aircooled VW Specialists, supported by invoices totalling c. £16,000.
Now structurally and mechanically sound, the van travelled to highly regarded VW Camper interior specialist VanWurks in Manchester. A complete new interior, in two-tone cream and mushroom, was fitted to a very high standard. Echoing the basic layout of the original, the fitout adopted modern materials and added functionality. The specification included a built-in fridge, two-ring hob, sink, “Rock & Roll” fold out bed, picnic table (which stores in the roof), Blaupunkt stereo system and a full alarm system. A complete new roof lining was installed, with sound insulation and additional lighting. Finally the interior was completed with a modern power-management system that provides leisure battery or external hook-up power to all appliances and on-board technology. The PMS also acts as a battery conditioner for vehicle and leisure battery while in storage, and provides 240V outlets in the vehicles for use with other devices. This additional work by VanWurks equated to approximately £8,000.
This beautiful eye-catching Camper, described as being in excellent in all respects, really is the best of both worlds; fantastic period looks, with modern reliability and levels of comfort, and brimming with up to date technology. The perfect companion for touring holidays, trips to the coast, festivals or weekends at Goodwood.