Volkswagen Type 2 Westfalia camper – 1967
Marca : Volkswagen
Modello : Type 2
Versione : Westfalia camper
Anno : 1967
Telaio N. : 237002757
Motore : 4 cilindri boxer
Cilindrata : 1.585 cc
Distribuzione : OHV
Valvole Cilindro : 2
Alimentazione : 1 carb.
Potenza : 50 CV a 4.000 giri/min
Top speed Km/h : 105
2017 – Scottsdale – Bonhams – $ 57,750
Although not as ubiquitous as the iconic Type 1 Volkswagen Käfer (Beetle), the Type 2 Transporter took on far more divergent identities. The Type 2 concept is credited to the Dutch importer, Ben Pon. His first sketches date from 1947, but production had to wait until March 1950, as VW caught up with demand for the basic Beetle. Starting in 1951, VW offered an officially-sanctioned camper conversion by Westfalia-werke of Franz Knöbel & Söhne in Rheda-Wiedenbrück, Germany. Built as a van, both with and without rear side windows, it came also as a pickup or a fully-equipped camper, and countless aftermarket conversions were created as hearses, ambulances, police vans and use in the fire service. During the 1960s, the Kombi version, a window van with removable seats, became the transportation of choice for America’s hippies, often with psychedelic paint themes.
The Westfalia presented is surely one of the finest examples of a restored Volkswagen camper to date. When the current consignor bought the car two years ago from a Yosemite-area resident, he hired Napa Valley Restoration to undertake a no-expenses spared, but sympathetic restoration. Joel Horne led the group of VW experts on the thorough year-long refurbishment. Evident in the details, both the seller and restorer aimed to meticulously refurbish as many of the original parts as possible or to use only period-correct NOS parts, from the gilded German roof rack and factory sway bar to factory gears and curtains. In addition, they installed optional factory equipment such as the pop-up roof section, NOS camping equipment, a laminated folding table, storage cabinets, electrical hookups, and even a factory rear mosquito net. As a finishing touch, custom hardwood floors were installed to complement the living space. Most impressively, an engine rebuild was undertaken by world renowned VW expert, Rick Echlier of Sonoma.
Finished in L-87 Pearl factory white paint over a wonderful butterscotch leather upholstery, this camper is reported to be a strong runner with few miles driven since restoration.