1965 Volkswagen Bus EZ Camper

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Our last visit into VW Bus-land was with a couple of extreme restomods much more focused on looks than function. Today’s is just as gorgeous but a bit more original. Inside and out it appears like-new, but the dark green and white combo keeps it from looking too much like an overdone toy. It also comes with the EZ Camper package, making it the perfect machine for roadtrips or, as the seller aptly cites, concerts. It may not have quite the usability of the T3 Westies I so often feature here, but that doesn’t mean it wouldn’t be a huge amount of fun. 60s Buses are going for crazy money these days so you’ll have to decide if the classic VW Van is worth that much to you. If it is, this is the one I’d go for.

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Restomod 1965 Volkswagen Buses

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The Volkswagen Type 2 “Bus” is one of the most iconic vehicles of all time, perhaps second only to the Type 1 Beetle. They draw smiles everywhere they go, and are perfectly acceptable as rusty survivors and perfect, climate-controlled-storage classics. The one my brother drove for a while was of the no-muffler beater variety, but today’s examples are gorgeous, show-quality items that will blow minds with both their looks and their prices. Both are modified to take on the look of the desirable “21-window” bus, but the first one has significantly more than that…

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1954 Volkswagen Type 2 Deluxe Microbus

I get wound up at times by Volkswagen of America’s product decisions. The cool cars that helped establish the company in this market are somehow now back burner issues for the company. VW had a perfectly good van in the Transporter (known as the Eurovan on these shores), yet decided to sully their brand by rebadging a Dodge Caravan into a People’s Minivan. Bad move. After a few short years, the Routan was pulled from the lineup and we have yet to see a return of a van with the VW badge here in the US.

If Volkswagen is worried the current generation Transporter wouldn’t work in the US market, maybe they should take a look back at their history and see how much brand equity is tied up in this workhorse. Fewer vehicles these days seem as versatile. A vintage Type 2 Microbus such as this restored example for sale in San Diego is on offer for mega bucks, but this seems to be the new norm for these vans.

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1975 Mercedes-Benz O309D

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Here’s a new one to add to my growing list of possible vehicles for when I forsake this overly-busy life and decide to strike out on the open road indefinitely. Someone in Alaska has apparently already done it in this car, but was of the (proper) mindset that big repair bills would were just part of keeping it in great running order. That doesn’t mean beautiful – this proto-Sprinter O309D has a few blemishes and some needs – but the right care has been to taken to keep it ready for what I see it as made for: living in and covering tons of miles. It won’t get there fast with a terminal velocity of 65 mph, but it returns an alleged 24 mpg on average from the 3.8l turbodiesel 4-cylinder, which is insane for a vehicle of this size. With Westfalias commanding insane multiples of $10k, this is priced right for someone to start/make/restart a life in.

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1964 Volkswagen Type 2 Panel Van

December 2013 marked the end of an era at Volkswagen. The last Type 2 Kombi rolled off the assembly line in Brazil and with it the chapter closed on an impressive 56 year production run. Around the world, this was a vehicle with multiple personalities, available in minibus, pickup and panel van form. From ambulance duty to the camper’s companion, this VW has cemented its place in automotive history. This T1 panel van for sale in Arkansas is done up in Porsche racing livery. After being stored for a number of years, this is a van that is bound to capture the attention of Porschephiles and track day enthusiasts.

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Axis Power 2: 1978 Volkswagan Bus with Acura 3.2 V6 swap

In my continuing line of “Axis Power” vehicles, here’s one I wasn’t expecting to come across. Motor swaps on Volkswagen Vans are pretty popular; I’ve seen a bunch, from Audi turbocharged inline-5 and Subaru flat-4 conversions, Eurovan diesel swaps, 1.8T and even the crazy odd-911 or SVX flat-6 swap. But this is a new one to me – dropping the 3.2 V6 out of a Acura CL Type S. Rated at 290 hp, it’s a little over four times the horsepower the model originally came with. Think about that in an M5! Of course, the M5 was intended to go fast, whereas the Bus was intended…well, not to. Despite this, the execution on this crazy ride is pretty cool:

Year: 1978
Model: Bus
Engine: 3.2 liter V6
Transmission: 4-speed manual
Mileage: “10” mi
Price: Reserve Auction

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Up for sale is a 1978 VW Bus, it is powered by an Acura 3210 cc V6. This motor is out of a 2001 Acura CL Type S and puts out approx 290HP. The following video will illustrate all the parts and modifications involved in this build. There are more than 1450 hours invested over a time frame of 2yrs and 8 months. All aspects of the Bus have been reworked. Please feel free to ask any questions you might have. The sale of this vehicle is available after the 10th of November. It is slated to compete at Bug Jam at the Pasco County Fair Grounds on the 10th. Please feel free to stop on by to see it in person. Mileage is unknown, I just finished the build and did not have mileage when started. Thank you,
Jarrad
youtube video link

Please click the link below read the build thread on this web site.
http://www.thesamba.com/vw/forum/viewtopic.php?t=516038&start=0

Working full time on this bus, that’d be 36 weeks straight to complete it – this bus has obviously experienced a major overhaul. I love the color combination, the custom wood interior is pretty neat, and NACA ducts look cool on just about anything. The integration of the tailpipes is an especially neat detail, as is the burled wood shift knob. Overall the only item I really don’t like is the wheels, which I would probably swap out for some original steelies or even neater, some 911 Fuchs. Now, that would look sweet. Bidding is in the $8K range with reserve still on; I’d expect the seller is hoping to make it solidly into the mid-teens on this creation but I’m not sure it’ll do it. What’s the price you’d pay for such a creation?

-Carter

1976 Volkswagen Westfalia Camper

Camping isn’t my bag. Much like skiing, I view it as a big schlep. I gave it a shot once out in Arizona a few years back and, well, I haven’t been back for more. Maybe it’s the urbanite in me, but packing up a bunch of your belongings and getting back to nature isn’t my thing. I can see where the escape appeal comes in, though. Having the right tool for the job certainly makes said holiday a little bit easier. Like this 1976 Volkswagen Westfalia Camper. We’ve featured a lot of Vanagon Westfalias here on GCFSB, such as this 1991 Volkswagen Vanagon Syncro Westfalia from last week, but the T2 Transporter based Campers are a bit harder to source in good nick, given that a lot of them were driven by peaceniks and potheads who didn’t have vehicle preservation at the top of their agenda. But this particular Camper has weathered the years well. Rarely is a collector vehicle so very usable.

Year: 1976
Model: Westfalia Camper
Engine: 2.0 liter flat-4
Transmission: 4-speed manual
Mileage: 15,555 miles
Price: $19,995

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You are viewing a great 1976 Westfalia Campmobile, original, a beautiful survivor that looks great and drives great. This is a highly sought after make, model and color combination Westfalia Camper. Buy It Now or put your best offer in, these sell quick. This Westy is freshened up, not restored. Free shipping in the Continental US and Hawaii, or port to port transport from LA to select UK/European ports with Buy It Now.

Mechanically….It is very tight and solid, and is ready to cruise and camp. It is powered by A GD code 2.0 liter just tuned motor. New wires and gas lines. The manual transmission shifts properly through all gears. Electrical system is in good working order. Exterior lighting including headlamps, turn signals, tail lights, are working properly.

Exterior…….This Westy is eye catching. It was just repainted in its original Marino Yellow (L20A). All the fixed/stationary windows and exterior fixtures were removed before paint and replaced with new or good condition originals. There is a new front windsheild seal, rear side window seals and back window seal. There are new side markers, mirrors and antenna. There is a new canvas in the poptop and new poptop seal. The body is nice and straight. The floor and underside are solid.

Interior is nice as you can see in the pictures. Door panels are original, new seat stand mats and new front seat upholstery with original vinyl. There are four seat belts – two lap/shoulder belts for front bucket seats and two lap belts for the rear bench seat. The front passenger seat swivels to face the rear. Passenger compartment has original upholstery on rear bench and original carpet.

Campmobile equipment includes:

Rear bench
seat converting to double bed with locker below.
Rear deck mattress.

Swivel seat
Clothes closet with vanity mirror
Ceiling
cabinet
Linen closet
12 volt fluorescent ceiling lamp
110-125 volt AC
electrical hook-up receptacle
Double outlets, master switch and circuit
breaker
Louvered windows
Cabinet with stainless steel sink.
12 volt
water pump
7 gallon water tank
City water hook up
Pop-up roof
Luggage rack
Double bunk inside pop-up roof

If you are interested in owning this vehicle, you must act quickly. This is not a regular auction with a set time frame. This “Buy It Now/Best Offer” auction can be ended at any time if buyer hits “Buy It Now” or submits an acceptable offer. Do not wait to make an offer until the last day or hours, or you may miss out on this nice Westy.

All in all, this is a nice driving, nice looking Bus. Take a look at all the pics. Please do not make an offer if you do not intend to buy. If you are making an offer and need shipping to be included, please state that in the terms of the offer. Otherwise it will be assumed that you are handling the shipment of the vehicle yourself.

Early T1 Transporters are bringing a mint these days, so if you are shopping on a budget, the T2, or Kombi as it is known in some markets, is a great compromise that gives up little in appeal. I wouldn’t necessarily call this particular Camper original, as it has had a repaint and some freshening around the edges, but it has stayed honest to its origins. The asking price of just under $20,000 is a bit on the high side for one of these. In comparison to a T3 Westy, however, it’s a bargain even if you are giving up a little bit of modernity in the process.

-Paul

1989 Volkswagen Vanagon with Subaru 3.3 flat six

It seems to be a growing trend to take a run of the mill, underpowered Volkswagen Vanagon and swap a Subaru engine in it. We featured a Volkswagen T2 Transporter with a Subaru 2.5 RS motor last month, however, here is a different beast. A Vanagon with the Subaru 3.3 liter flat six motor. While the body has high mileage on it, the owner has clearly invested the time and money to make this a special van.

The seller states:

1989 Volk Wolfsburg 3.3 liter Subaro 6 cyl 235 hp. Over $35,000 invested to build this one of a kind van!

70,000 miles on Subaru motor, approx 15,000 on all new suspension brakes and transmission

Interior upgrades:

Speaker upgrades
New carpet
Newly upholstered front seats
Absolutely no rust, an original california car!

Exterior:

Tinted windows
Keyless entry with alarm

Mechanical:

All upgrades done by EuroTech San Diego, The Vanagon Subaru Engine Conversion Specialist.
Big brake upgrade: Cross drilled front rotors with audi 200 turbo quattro front break calipers and Mercedes ML 320 brake rotors. Rear disk brake conversion using Audi 200 turbo quattro break calipers and rotors. Both front and rear brakes have akebono ceramic brake pads for improved braking and low dusting.
Stage 2 heavydut clutch
Short shifter kit, Go westy
White face gauges
Taller 3rd and 4th gear ratios
HID headlight conversion
17′ Audi wheels. Custom machined center caps
Tires, 5,000 miles

I’m not a van guy, but I like off beat vehicles and this one fits the bill. While Porsche made a version of the Vanagon called the B32 with a flat six, the Subaru engine would no doubt last a good while longer and quite possibly could deliver better gas mileage. If I had a family to haul around, SUVs be damned. This refridgerator-esque van is just what the doctor ordered.

-Paul

1969 Volkswagen VW Short Bus

This sort of fits into the SUV theme week.
This bus looks like it has been languishing in a junkyard or perhaps it is an extra from the set of Lost. Some clever person decided to shorten up this bus, but it looks like they never really finished their project. I’m sure there is some non-PC joke in here somewhere about the person who thought this was a good idea and this being a “short bus”. It looks a bit of a mess. There is some interesting iron in the background of some of the photos.
The seller says it hasn’t been driven and with a wheelbase like this perhaps that is the safest thing. $3500 to give yourself a new nightmare. If you really were to take this on, why not go nuts and mid mount a BMW V12 engine.

1969 VW Short Bus on AutoTrader Classics.

~Evan