For Sale: 1966 Volkswagen Type 2 in Ft Worth, Texas

Vehicle Description

Is there any vehicle with as many stories to tell as the VW Microbus? Camper, transporter, pickup truck, house on wheels, tour guide, whatever it is, the VW bus has done it. This absolutely dialed-in, low-mileage 1966 Volkswagen Type 2 Deluxe Bus is just a wonderful way to grab all of that history and keep it for yourself - wrapped in a familiar yet surprisingly stylish 13-Window body.

The former owners of this Bus have obviously lavished a lot of time and attention preserving and caring for this VW through the years, and the results are pretty darn impressive. It's definitely not low-key with its Lotus White paint scheme and curtain-covered windows, but the mostly survivor-grade paint isn't the only thing that this VW is about. Instead, it's about details and here there are many. First and foremost, you'll note the split windshield up front that instantly makes this Bus more valuable. Splitties are the most sough-after, not only because they're the 1st generation Microbus, but also because they look the best and are significantly lighter than the loaves of bread that were to follow from 1968 on. Second, count the windows - as a rule of thumb, the more there are, the more valuable the Bus is, and this rare beauty has 13 of them. Also note the clean, unadorned lines on the body that are accentuated by straight, original bodywork - not hippie art or silly graphics - and the smooth, shiny paintwork that shows incredibly well on this icon. Most of the paint is still original, although the front end and bumpers have been touched-up through the years to cover up knicks acquired on the road, and even though it's not a perfect trailer queen today, any owner would be proud to show this beauty off. Components like the painted white bumpers and a big chrome VW emblem in the center of the front end are trademarks that VW faithful can recognize from a mile away and all those windows make it as bright and airy inside as you'd expect. The swooping, bright trim that starts at the nose and wraps around the top half of the body is in good shape, showing off a little bit of patina that only adds a little extra character to this Bus. And speaking of character, take a look at all those stickers on the back windows - those weren't just purchased on eBay, this Bus has seen the world!

With a spacious cabin that's been impeccably cared for through the years, the interior offers great colors and spacious accommodations for several passengers, and the classic style is always impressive. The split-bench seat up front sets the tone, and there are two more matching benches waaaay in the back, all of which are in great shape with excellent springs inside. The seats are covered in an uber-durable vinyl upholstery that actually looks like cloth, and the soft colors on the seats and matching two-tone door panels complement the exterior perfectly. All the side panels were covered in two-tone vinyl to continue the color theme inside and give the cabin a very finished look, and the matching headliner overhead and tough vinyl floor coverings underneath keep everything well-insulated and authentic inside. Ornate privacy curtains and beautifully stitched pillows were purposely selected to match the interior and add a touch of home inside, making the cabin an incredibly special place in which to spend some time. The front seats offer a commanding view of the road completely free of obstructions, and the bus-like driving position is actually very comfortable for long trips, which is really what these buses were designed to do. The dash is mostly stock, with the factory speedometer still in place ahead of the driver, the fuel gauge just to the left of it, and the original clock all the way down on the other side under the grab handle. That upright steering wheel is likely the original and feels great in the hands of the driver, and a tall shifter juts out from the floorboard and manages the 4-speed manual transmission below. Like most VWs from the era, options are very limited, but thankfully tune are covered via a Pioneer AM/FM/CD/AUX/BT head unit that was added to augment the original Sapphire stereo in the dash. In addition to the rear bench seats, there's a large and nicely upholstered package shelf/storage area atop the engine bay in back that is often used as a bed, a space for 'alternative herbal reflection', or whatever else floats your boat. It's been finished off with durable carpets for a cleaner, more comfortable look and feel than the vinyl that's on the floors, and a vintage cooler was sourced with matching colors for a cool look.

The engine is a stronger version of the Beetle's venerable 1.6L flat-four. Displacing 1641cc (basically the 1600cc but with 'slip-in' 87mm pistons/cylinders), it's big enough to provide some added punch without sacrificing reliability and with a reported rebuild just 7K miles ago, it breathes easy, fires on demand, and pulls strong, which means more power and reliability. A recent carburetor helps with power production and the engine bay is as neatly presented as the rest of the bus. A custom exhaust system serpentines under the block like a work of art and extracts every bit of horsepower from the little boxer engine and it has a great note from the glasspack-style muffler that's instantly familiar and will bring a smile to your face. The underside is in incredibly good condition and with a 4-speed manual transmission, it is a lot of fun to drive. Steelies adorned with Baby Moon hubcaps are wrapped with thick 195/75/14 rubber for a smooth ride and a very cool finishing touch.

If you're a fan of VW buses, this 1st generation Type 2 is a great one to have. Beautifully presented, it's a 13-window beauty that's ready to hit the road and see the world. Call today!

Vehicle Details

  • 1966 Volkswagen Type 2
  • Listing ID:CC-1521313
  • Price:$63,995
  • Location:Ft Worth, Texas
  • Year:1966
  • Make:Volkswagen
  • Model:Type 2
  • Exterior Color:Lotus White
  • Interior Color:Gold
  • Transmission:Manual
  • Odometer:54377
  • Stock Number:4982-DFW
  • VIN:246077078

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