A Volkswagen Type 2 Bus is all about packing the most classic car
fun in an economical package. And there's no better way to do that
than in a Westfalia camper, especially with one where there have
been solid investments to keep it a strong runner. So take some
extra time to explore the cool vintage attitude of a Bus that's not
only ready to hit the road, but also live out there for quite some
This VW Bus has a good sense of style. The teal blue paint is a
friendly color that makes this camper look inviting. It's part of
an older respray, but it still shines nicely. In fact, we have
about $20k in receipts documenting solid investment all-around this
VW over the last decade. So there's a quality look and feel in
everything from the updated wheels to the weather-stripping. And
pieces like the wide dual side mirrors, full-size front spare, and
rear trailer hitch show this one was made for practicality.
Inside, the set up in the front is clean and comfy. You have
vintage pieces like the VDO gauges and dual-spoke steering wheel.
These are mixed with the right driver comforts, like retro-style
AM/FM/cassette stereo and updated bucket seats with cloth
upholstery and large headrests. In the back, the curtains, the
plaid seat cloth, and the faux wood all give this a retro-cool
vibe. That's exactly what this one is going for. But this is also
meant to have all the best comforts of home. That's why there's a
working sink, cooktop, and mini-fridge. There are even outside
connections to have these hook up to services. There's also a
propane tank and camp toilet for when you're far from civilization.
Built-in storage, a rear padded bed, and the iconic pop-up camping
roof make this a true home away from home.
The 2.0-liter motor is a great find. It has the same hardy VW
air-cooled construction you found in the Beetle, but in a larger
displacement. This is even a fuel-injected version. The whole setup
was rebuilt in 2012, and it even passed its emissions test a few
months ago. The motor fires up readily, and the four-speed manual
transmission shifts smoothly. These later Type 2s had an updated
suspension design over the earlier ones, and this also has the
confidence of power brakes w/front discs. It all makes for a true
vintage road-trip machine.
Complete with build receipts and maintenance records, this is the
vintage VW with the explorer attitude that helped make it an icon.
You know this one is ready for its next adventure. Are you?