1964 Volkswagen Type 2 Devon Camper Van Registration no. CPB 607B Chassis no. 1249712
As readily recognisable as the immortal 'Beetle' itself, the VW Type 2 and its derivatives enjoyed an even longer period in production than their saloon progenitor. The original was conceived in the late 1940s by a Dutch Volkswagen agent, Ben Pon, who drew up plans for a van based on the Beetle floorpan and running gear. Known as the Volkswagen Type 2 (the Beetle saloon being Type 1) the result of Pon's efforts arrived in 1950 and almost immediately proliferated into a bewildering variety of models catering for an enormous range of commercial and domestic activities. The original retained the Beetle's rear-mounted 1,200cc air-cooled engine and four-speed gearbox, the latter suitably re-ratioed to cope with the van's greater weight. Engines grew in size and power while both handling and comfort improved as development progressed. The first major revision of this outstandingly successful design occurred in 1968, by which time almost two million had been sold worldwide. The replacement, also called 'Type 2', was an entirely new vehicle, larger and roomier than before but still rear-engined. Power units grew in size from 1,600cc to 2 litres before production ceased in 1978 with the introduction of the third generation.
Placed in dark, dry storage in 1986 following an engine failure, this 'split screen' example had had only one owner and covered a mere 48,000 miles from new. The van was discovered by builders in 2009 and subsequently has been carefully re-commissioned by marque specialists, The VW camper Van Company, of Oxfordshire. A new 1,500cc engine has been installed and the brakes and steering overhauled, while most of the paintwork is original. Only 500 miles have been covered since the engine's installation and the vehicle is described as in generally excellent condition, never rusted or welded. Offered with sundry invoices, current MoT/tax and Swansea V5.