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Starting in 1951, Volkswagen offered an officially sanctioned camper conversion for its Type 2 by Westfalia-Werke of Franz Knobel & Sohne in Rheda-Wiedenbruck, Germany. Interiors were panelled in birch plywood and standard equipment included screened jalousie windows, a laminated folding table, storage cabinets, an icebox and electrical hookups. Some models included a sink and pressure water system. A number of fold-out seat arrangements provided sleeping accommodation and optional equipment included a pop-up roof section, awnings and side tents, a chemical toilet, camping equipment, a small map table and even a child's crib in the driver's cab.
This, comprehensively restored 1969 VW Westfalia Camper is finished in Velvet Green and White – a ‘classic’ colour combination evoking memories of years gone by. It was a US resident from new in 1969 until arriving on these shores in 2009 and just prior to import, was the subject of a comprehensive restoration, including bodywork, interior and engine and remains in stunning condition throughout to this day. In 2016, the present owner decided that the mechanical aspects of the camper could do with a refresh and with that in mind presented his pride and joy to the well-respected ‘Type 2 Detectives’ in Cambridge to work their magic. They carried out a complete mechanical overhaul, including an engine check and tune, full gearbox rebuild, brake overhaul, Bilstein shocks, replacement fuel lines and a complete underbody Waxoyl. Business commitments mean that the vehicle has only been used lightly recently but despite that, it has been regularly serviced and has just passed its MOT with flying colours. All accoutrements are in full working order including the fitted leisure battery, 16A coupler, USB connection and three-pin sockets. The passenger seat also has the addition of a heating element for the partner with a bad back ! Complete with ‘pop-top’ roof with double bed, rock-n-roll bed and even a front seat hammock! Also included is a desirable camping awning and solar charging panels to make life on the road that little bit easier.
Within the history file there are some details of later work in the States from 2003 to 2009, when it arrived here, but no real documentation prior to that. Since arriving in the UK, there is a complete annual MOT trace with its most recent carried out on 27/03/2020 at 54,931 miles and service records covering 2009 to the present day.
This genuine, early bay-window bus is in fabulous condition and strikes the perfect balance between 1960's camper-van cool, VW- enthusiast credibility and real-life modern drivability. It's fast enough but not too loud, long-legged and easy to drive, comfortable with good ride quality, and is ready-made fun for all the family.