Wilder West: 1973 Volkswagen Microbus Wild Westerner

The Volkswagen Van was, and is, a part of our culture. It’s like Peter Frampton Comes Alive!, Pet Rocks and Star Wars; not the best of their ilk, but they enjoy near universal popularity. The VW Van appeared everywhere. It was ubiquitous with the Hippie movement. It was counter-culture, yet eminently practical as transportation. It was pretty uncool as a design, and yet massively cool. And, it should come as no surprise that it has created a cult-like following.

Yet, we infrequently look at them. I don’t know why. Maybe it’s because they’re cliche?

I learned how to drive in a VW Microbus. It had no clutch, so you had to start in gear. If you were really clever you could get into second, but most of the time I just felt pretty special crawling around the fields behind my house in first. But I feel no particular attachment to the model, unlike my first car.

Still, they make me smile, and when I came across this lightly modified one, I wanted to take a closer look. I’m not sure if it was the Porsche Phonedial wheels or the color scheme that most attracted me, but I have to admit I was a bit surprised when I looked closer:

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1993 Volkswagen Polo GT

The GT badge was one which appeared on Volkswagens in the late 1980s and early 1990s for the slightly less hot version of the GTI. My father purchased a 1987 Golf GT new, a Tornado Red two-door hatch that had the trimmings of the GTI with the familiar 8 valve, four-cylinder engine. It wasn’t a particularly fast car and was not without its problems, but I always appreciated the clean design of the Mk2 Golf. The same goes for the Mk2 Polo GT. It’s not exactly an exciting or exotic vehicle, but a clean design. It’s a car that could have done well and still could do well in the US market, speaking to those buyers who turned to the original Beetle for basic transportation. This 1993 example represents the final year for the Mk2 Polo and is currently on offer in Switzerland.

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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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1960 Goliath Hansa 1100 Kombi

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Similar to when the auto industry got its start in the US, there used to be a plethora of manufacturers in Germany that have ceased to exist or were absorbed by larger companies. Case in point, Borgward. This company, based in the northern city of Bremen, produced vehicles under four different names: Borgward, Hansa, Goliath and Lloyd. The Goliath arm of the business was known for their small front-drive vehicles in the 1950s and 1960s, with the 1100 featuring a water-cooled horizontally opposed four cylinder engine that produced 40 bhp. A Luxus version was available that provided a bit more power by way of a second carburetor, with an output of 55bhp.

While the boxer engine alone might have seemed advanced for the time, the 1100 even offered a Saxomat clutchless transmission as an option. The Hansa 1100 was available as a two door sedan, coupe or kombi, like the 1960 model we see here for sale in Washington state. This is a marque rarely seen on these shores and it is a vehicle sure to please those who are fans of postwar German artifacts.

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Year: 1960
Model: Hansa 1100 Kombi
Engine: 1.1 liter flat-4
Transmission: 4-speed manual
Mileage: N/A
Price: $16,995

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Absurdly rare German station wagon with a water cooled flat four front wheel drive. Incredibly original and correct. A product of the Borgward empire. One of very, very few surviving in the world. Wonderful colour (pistachio) and kitch feel. Be the only one on your block, or indeed, your state, to own one. Actual mileage unknown.

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This is the kind of classic car that is hard to put a value on, because so few come up for sale, especially in the US. Hagerty’s valuation tool is placing a value of just under $14,000 for a condition #1 1100 Kombi. This particular car is certainly not concours quality, but it is claimed to be original. That said, the asking price is probably reaching a bit. Maybe somewhere around $10,000 or so would be more realistic.

-Paul

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

1961 Mercedes 190Db ‘Kombi’ Binz wagon

I am not sure I have ever seen a Binz stateside.  This may be rare and even German but I would never accuse this of being an enthusiasts car.  It looks like something from Harold and Maude, more hearse than wagon.  Come to think of it the Binz shares some similarities to the International Travel-All in shape.  Either way it is exceptionally cool and would make a great addition to any Mercedes collection, albeit with some blood, sweat, and tears.

1961 Mercedes 190 ‘Kombi’ Binz Wagon:

 

From the seller –

“190Db ‘Kombi’ Binz wagon
4 speed manual gearbox, later generation 110 series 2 liter diesel engine. Engine turns.
Not run in many years. Does not currently run.
Very complete.
Tolerable rust. Fairly solid floors.
Decent panel fit. Very weak paint. Acceptable vinyl interior. Acceptable headliner. Fold down rear seat.
Misc chrome blemishes. Misc paint blemishes.
Excellent tail light lenses.
No ignition key. New tires.
Above average shutlines and panel gaps.
Rare Binz hardware seems to all be there. Both spare tire hard cover rubber hold downs missing.
All ID tags correctly in place. Titled and currently registered in CA.
1 of approx 349 constructed in 1961.
An exceedingly rare ‘Ponton’ wagon.”

I get the whole exceedingly rare thing and I must admit that the lower the production number the more I find myself interested.  But, for me, I have certain requirements.  I prefer my collectibles run, have little to no rust, and have a passable paint job.  This fails on all three counts.

But like I said, this is just me.  Some may see this as a blank canvas, an excuse to tinker in the garage and escape the pressures of the day to day grind.  If that sounds like you and you have a passion for all things Mercedes this may be a worthwhile project.

~Aaron.

1964 Volkswagen Bus/Vanagon 13 Window Dormobile Kombi For Sale

I usually don’t get too fired up about restored VW vans.  They aren’t really sporting in nature and just not that interesting to me.  Then the fellow down the street started to restore one.  It was a fascinating process to behold, every time I left the house I had to stop and chat him up.  Little by little he made his way through the arduous process of rebuilding one of these vans.  His finished product is a thing of beauty, much like this 1964 Kombi.

1964 Volkswagen Dormobile Kombi For Sale:

From the seller –

“Here is Your Chance To Own a Very Beautifully Restored to Perfection 1964 Dormobile Kombi Deluxe Model Micro Split Window Screen Bus

13 Window van

What Makes it a Dormobile is the Poptop Extends to Open Like an Accordion And They are Hard to Fine And You Rarely See Them For Sale If You Do

We have Posted 24-Pictures on E-bay & 2-Videos W/ Photobucket & also a slideshow W/ 24  Extra Pics For you to View

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The Paint & Body is Absolute Beautiful with an Amazing Show Quality paint job that Glows it is Less than a Year old. The Original Color Was Red

Everything Inside The Interior is New Except the Radio/Cassette Player & it can Easily be Taken Out if You want

New Upholstery That is Flawless

New Headliner Throughout

New Custom Door Panels & Paneling

New Full Matching Privacy Curtains

New Carpeting

New Pop-Top canvas & the 2 Top Sleeper Bunks are also New

Runs & Drives Excellent With a an 4-cylinder That Has Been Upgraded to an 1600cc Duel Port Engine with Manual stick shift Transmission and .009 Distributor

All brake lights. headlights. turn signals. Hazard lights. all work fine.

The emergency brake works

I have a clear Washington state title In Hand

I am selling it AS IS. NO Warranties. NO Guarantees. NO Returns with this item You are welcome to Order an independent inspection done at your cost.”

I have not seen one of these in as long as I can remember and I am certain it was nowhere near this nice.  Kudos to the seller on a fantastic restoration, pictures, and description.

Bidding currently sits at $17,750 with no reserve, this van will sell.  $20k seems reasonable but I would not be surprised if this van fetched more.

~Aaron.