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Lot 107: Volkswagen Samba 21 Window Bus

Fine Motor cars incl. The Jaguar Legend, Coys (14 July 2012)

The first generation of Volkswagen Microbuses were built from 1949 to 1967, and are known as split-window buses or 'splitties'; buses built after 1967 are known as the 'bay window' models. These subsequent offspring, however, lack the personality of the originals and for the original Type II devotees the charm was lost. The splittie is regarded by enthusiasts as the zenith of Type II production and during its 18 year run there were a great many developments. Splitties came in many guises: barn door, panel, kombi, standard, deluxe, ambulance, single and double cab, walk-through, double door, semaphore and safari, to name just a few. The splitties sported a split windscreen along with a sweeping V-line front and a large VW emblem.

1951 saw the introduction of the Westfalia camper model. The camper van took off due to its characteristic tiny fittings and furnishings designed to epitomise its home from home personality. Its popularity continued as the van was adopted by 1960s counter-culture. Features such as a longer dashboard with radio and clock were added about this time, along with chrome trim on the body. During 1963 the engine capacity was increased to 1,596cc, which pleasantly enhanced performance.

Manufactured in 1965, this Microbus is described to be in good general condition. Finished in arguably the best colour combination of red and cream, this example looks stunning from every angle  the interior complements it beautifully.

Chassis 53993 was originally a California car, which subsequently was exported to Japan. According to the vendor it was restored there in the early 90's, and has been used sparingly since its return to Europe with a private UK owner.

Subject to recent work including a new Webasto covering and new tyres, Chassis 53993 comes complete with UK V5 registration paperwork and MoT test certificate valid until August 2012.

With prices of fully restored Samba's bus's reaching the �100,000 mark this bus is realistically priced- a real treat and a must-have addition for any collection.

Lot Details
Auction Fine Motor cars incl. The Jaguar Legend
Coys, Blenheim Palace,Woodstock, Oxfordshire, OX20 1PX
Lot Number107
Outcome SOLD
Hammer Price-
Hammer Price (inc premium)£27730
Condition rating0
Registration numberHKH 25IC
Chassis number245053693
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