1973 Volkswagen Type 2 Westfalia Campmobile
Chassis no. 2332178262
1,679cc OHV Air-Cooled Flat-Four Cylinder Engine
Twin Solex Downdraft Carburetor
59bhp at 4,200rpm
4-Wheel Hydraulic Drum Brakes
3-Speed Automatic Transmission
Torsion Bar Independent Front and Rear Ruspension
*Rare original Westfalia Campmobile
*Three owners from new
*65,000 original miles
*Exceptional survivor condition
The Westfalia Camper
Although not as ubiquitous as the iconic Type 1 Volkswagen Käfer (Beetle), the Type 2 Transporter took on far more divergent identities. Built as a van, both with and without rear side windows, it came also as a pickup or a fully-equipped camper.
Starting in 1951, VW offered an officially-sanctioned camper conversion by Westfalia-werke of Franz Knöbel & Söhne in Rheda-Wiedenbrück, Germany. Interiors were paneled in birch plywood, and standard equipment included screened jalousie windows, a laminated folding table, storage cabinets, an ice box and electrical hookups. Some models included a sink and pressure water system. A number of fold-out seat arrangements provided sleeping accommodation. Optional equipment included a pop-up roof section, awnings and side tents, a chemical toilet, camping equipment, and a small map table.
The Motorcar Offered
Ordered new from Overseas Motors in Fort Myers, Florida, the well option bus included a $235 automatic transmission and the $1,600 Campmobile packagewhich bumped the price of the vehicle up to $5,343 out-the-door according the original window sticker. Finished Pastel White with Dark Beige leatherette front seat with Gold vinyl trim in the rear compartment, the original Florida owners kept their camper in meticulous shape, but drove it sparingly, for some 34 years. The next owner of the fully loaded camper was Raleigh, North Carolina based Leith Volkswagen, who kept the bus on display in their showroom for five years. The current vendor acquired the car about two years ago.
With only three owners from new and 65,000 original miles, this wonderfully well preserved Campmobile is like a time machine back to the early '70s. Included with the bus is the aforementioned window sticker, the original owner's manual, copious books and records, and awnings for the side of the bus. More recently, a solar panel has been installed on the roof for auxiliary power and modern radial tires have been fitted for a more pleasant driving experience. It is a veritable New York studio apartment on wheelsbut with more interior space and newer appliances.
Because of their cult popularity in the 1960s and '70s, Type 2 Volkswagen vans typically saw hard use and infrequent maintenance. They were driven hard, treated poorly and often crudely modified. Thus, unmolested, well-preserved originals are rare, and Westfalia Campmobiles fewer still. This represents a very uncommon opportunity indeed.