The Volkswagen Type 2, known officially (depending on body type) as the Transporter, Kombi or Microbus, or, more informally, as the Bus (US) or Camper (UK), was introduced in 1950 by the Volkswagen as its second car model following the Beetle. Like the Beetle, the van has received numerous nicknames worldwide, including the Microbus, Minibus, and, because of its popularity during the counterculture movement of the 1960s, the Hippie Van. In late 1967, the second generation of the Volkswagen Type 2 (T2) was introduced, built in Germany until 1979. This second-generation Type 2 lost its distinctive split front windshield, and was slightly larger and heavier than its predecessor. Its common nicknames are Breadloaf and Bay-window, or Loaf and Bay for short.
This van was purchased new in 1970 from Volkswagen dealer Black and White garage, near Evesham, Worcestershire. In 1971 it was sent to Oxley coachcraft of Hull to be converted into a Camper, fitted with the very rare Oxley airflow roof. The owner, a skilled cabinet maker, built the interior himself – very much as a labour of love. After completion, it was used for many holidays and trips over a 16 year period, since when it has been dry stored for the last 28 years.
Removed from storage earlier this year, the Camper has been sympathetically recommissioned.
The engine was removed, checked and built back up with a new gasket set and push rod tubes, and then treated to a full service. The brakes were overhauled with new wheel cylinders, master cylinders and brake pipes. The fuel tank was removed, cleaned and all petrol pipes replaced. Lastly, a brand new battery was fitted, in addition to four brand new tyres. The bodywork has never been welded; the panel seams and gaps are described as perfect, as are the seats and the rubber floor mats. The spare wheel has never been used and the tool kit is complete, even down to the spare VW fan belt.
This amazing, time warp VW Camper shows a mere 53,000 miles from new, and is said to run like clockwork. Offered with its original 1971 Isabella awning, current MoT and UK V5, this is a once in a lifetime opportunity for its lucky next owner.
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