1970 Volkswagen Early Bay Container Van  Chassis no. 210 2090 348
Lot 223N
1970 Volkswagen Early Bay Container Van
Registration no. ZV33971 Chassis no. 210 2090 348
£ 25,000 - 30,000
US$ 33,000 - 39,000

Lot Details
1970 Volkswagen Early Bay Container Van  Chassis no. 210 2090 348 1970 Volkswagen Early Bay Container Van  Chassis no. 210 2090 348 1970 Volkswagen Early Bay Container Van  Chassis no. 210 2090 348 1970 Volkswagen Early Bay Container Van  Chassis no. 210 2090 348 1970 Volkswagen Early Bay Container Van  Chassis no. 210 2090 348 1970 Volkswagen Early Bay Container Van  Chassis no. 210 2090 348 1970 Volkswagen Early Bay Container Van  Chassis no. 210 2090 348 1970 Volkswagen Early Bay Container Van  Chassis no. 210 2090 348 1970 Volkswagen Early Bay Container Van  Chassis no. 210 2090 348 1970 Volkswagen Early Bay Container Van  Chassis no. 210 2090 348 1970 Volkswagen Early Bay Container Van  Chassis no. 210 2090 348 1970 Volkswagen Early Bay Container Van  Chassis no. 210 2090 348 1970 Volkswagen Early Bay Container Van  Chassis no. 210 2090 348 1970 Volkswagen Early Bay Container Van  Chassis no. 210 2090 348 1970 Volkswagen Early Bay Container Van  Chassis no. 210 2090 348 1970 Volkswagen Early Bay Container Van  Chassis no. 210 2090 348 1970 Volkswagen Early Bay Container Van  Chassis no. 210 2090 348 1970 Volkswagen Early Bay Container Van  Chassis no. 210 2090 348 1970 Volkswagen Early Bay Container Van  Chassis no. 210 2090 348 1970 Volkswagen Early Bay Container Van  Chassis no. 210 2090 348 1970 Volkswagen Early Bay Container Van  Chassis no. 210 2090 348 1970 Volkswagen Early Bay Container Van  Chassis no. 210 2090 348 1970 Volkswagen Early Bay Container Van  Chassis no. 210 2090 348 1970 Volkswagen Early Bay Container Van  Chassis no. 210 2090 348 1970 Volkswagen Early Bay Container Van  Chassis no. 210 2090 348 1970 Volkswagen Early Bay Container Van  Chassis no. 210 2090 348
1970 Volkswagen Early Bay Container Van
Registration no. ZV33971
Chassis no. 210 2090 348
Ex-Australian Military Mobile Command Unit
• Decommissioned and sold off in the mid-1990s
• Present ownership since 2001
• Most recent restoration completed in January 2017
• Registered in the Republic of Ireland

Footnotes

  • 'Australian Container Van models are rare enough, but when you factor in this is a early bay version was built for specialist military use, to monitor bomb blast tests you have a very, very rare beastie indeed!' – David Eccles, VW Campers and Commercial magazine.

    From 1962 to 1968, Volkswagen Australia produced its own container van on the early Type 2 'split-screen' chassis; only 123 were built, and this is the only known survivor with the wraparound 'bay' windscreen, all the others being the earlier split-screen type. The body was built in the VW factory at Clayton, Melbourne for the Australian military, and used for measuring bomb blasts in the Outback during the 1960s. This 'bay' version's military dickie seat, three side windows, two observation hatches, and full under-tray are all features not found in the split-screen models. In the early 1990s, the vehicle was decommissioned and sold at an auction held at the Puckapunyal military base in Victoria, Australia.
    The current vendor purchased the VW in Melbourne 2001. The interior fittings had been removed, but apart from some minor rust patches the van was solid and original, with 55,000 miles on the odometer.

    The running gear was replaced, including the suspension and brakes, and the engine serviced and tuned. Three additional Volkswagen seats were fitted in the rear, and the vehicle used as the family runabout and camper. During this time the original engine expired and was replaced with a 1,600cc twin-port unit taken from an early 'bay'.

    In 2007, the vendor's family moved to Ireland where the VW was treated to a full bare-metal restoration and repainted from military livery to Lotus British Racing Green. The interior was relined to original pattern but in lightweight, corrosion-resistant aluminium rather than the original steel. The seats were replaced with seven full leather Land Rover Discovery seats. An engineering certificate of compliance was obtained, making this is a legal 7-8 seater. Over the next few years VW attended numerous classic vehicle shows and festivals in Ireland, and even featured in the Irish Vintage Scene magazine.

    In 2015, the VW was treated to a second restoration. The paintwork was refreshed; the original steel wheels detailed to match; the engine and gearbox reconditioned; twin carburettors fitted; and a Vintage Speed stainless steel exhaust installed.
    Accompanying documentation consists of sundry restoration and parts invoices; Irish registration papers; and a copy of the aforementioned VW Campers and Commercial magazine featuring the vehicle.
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