1969 Volkswagen Type 2 Westfalia Camper Van Registration no. DDD 109G Chassis no. 239220757
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 2.0 litres before production ceased in 1978 with the introduction of the third generation. Imported into the UK from California, this Westfalia camper van commenced restoration 12 months ago and has only just been finished. Undertaken by marque specialists Bug Barn of Tewkesbury, Gloucestershire, works carried out include a 'bare metal' re-spray, with no welding being required apart from the rear wheelarches, which have been replaced. The seats have been re-upholstered in leather and the hammock re-covered but otherwise the interior remains original, boasting a cooker and 'fridge. Described by the vendor as in generally excellent condition, the vehicle is offered with sundry restoration invoices, MoT/tax to June 2012 and Swansea V5 registration document.
Added Lot - 1969 Volkswagen Type 2 Westfalia Camper Van. Estimate £12,000 - 15,000.