For Sale: 1970 Volkswagen Type 2 in Ft Worth, Texas

Vehicle Description

This psychedelic 1970 Volkswagen Type 2 Westfalia Camper Bus is either the coolest thing you've ever seen, or it's the real-life version of everything you've ever suspected about the '60s. In truth, it's a nicely preserved/restored Camper Bus with a lot of practicality, a strong 1600CC air-cooled engine, and an incredibly cool look.

For most of us who grew up after the '60s, this is what we figured all the VW buses looked like at one point or another in their lives. But underneath the trippy facade you'll find a very solid, straight bus that's been well maintained thanks to its status as an American hippie icon. We don't know what color it is underneath (my money is on White based on the look of the door jams), although that's a vinyl wrap and custom decal job you're looking at - not a permanent paint job. So, if you've cleaned up your act and started working for 'The Man', it can come right off and be ready for the square life. Personally, I'd keep tripping the light fantastic and leave it just like it is, after all, this Bus was purposely executed to be the star of the show, not just another Westy Camper. The sheetmetal underneath is straight, the door gaps are factory-set, and by the looks of things this VW has never been rusty, wrecked, or used and abused, meaning that custom wrap clings tight to the body without any ugly sagging or major air bubbles anywhere to be seen. The front bumper and wheels were painted lime green to match the 'Party Bus' namesake on the profiles, that super-cool Wesfalia roof is bright yellow, and the three windows in the rear were wrapped as well to give the passengers some extra privacy back there. She's a driver through-and-through, with some parts showing some age and wear-and-tear (in particular the rubber gaskets around the windows), but nothing that would require immediate attention. Get in and go, this Bus is ready to have some fun. Of course, you'll probably have to get used to being the center of attention, because any time you stop there are going to be questions, photo ops, and crowds of young-at-heart hippies who want to relive a great part of their past. And admittedly, all that attention is pretty cool.

The interior is a bit less funky, with a combination of original parts and newer upholstery on the seats and door panels. White and red are the dominant colors inside, a color combination that's previewed by the Coca-Cola welcome mat that greets everyone that opens the sliding door, and the vinyl upholstery is in very good shape overall. Front white buckets start the party at the helm, while a red-and-white seat and matching bench surround a table in the rear, as this is a camper van after all. With that in mind, you also get original Wesfalia-spec cabinetry and shelving throughout, and even a small refrigerator and sink top tucked away at the side, making this Bus camp-site ready today. Well-worn (yet still solid) carpets line the floors and insulate the cabin, while up top the original Lauan wood covers the headliner just like it would've in 1970. The camper top pops up with ease, instantly transforming the confines from cramped to friendly, and the thick mat out back doubles as a bed, although with the big Rockford-Fosgate subwoofer and extra cabinetry back there at the moment it's currently better suited as extra storage space. Up front that black dash is original and shows some minor age and wear, although the original gauges ahead of the driver are still clear and legible and keep an eye on the flat-four out back. Options are fairly sparse up front but you do get a kickin' stereo (could you expect less from a van that looks like this?) that's managed by the Pioneer AM/FM/Cd/AUX head unit in the center of the dash. The seating position is definitely city bus upright, but the commanding view is part of why these VWs are so beloved, with the shifter for the 4-speed manual transmission just a short reach ahead. If you were thinking this Bus was as fun inside as it is on the outside, you were right.

One of the adages of the VW bus is that it will get you anywhere, reliably, as long as you have the time. Thanks to years of careful maintenance and thoughtful ownership, this Westfalia does a little better than most, with a strong air-cooled engine displacing 1600 cc and delivering just enough horsepower to keep things lively behind the wheel. For the most part it's stock, from the newer stock carburetor to the dual exhaust, but that's what you want when reliability matters. It drives like you'd expect, starting easily and running down the road with that characteristic whistling exhaust note. The aforementioned 4-speed transmission makes it easy to get behind the wheel and head out on the road, and with typical VW reliability, you're always assured to arrive without issues. The undercarriage has some of the usual surface scale you'd expect from a VW of this vintage, but it's all superficial and this Bus is pretty much very solid everywhere you look, proof that it's been well-cared for since it was new. Stock steel wheels were painted lime green and adorned with chrome hubcaps (yep, they're original), and they wear right-sized 185/75/14 radials with lots of life left in them.

No, it's not for everyone, but if you were there, you know how cool this VW really is. There's simply no other vehicle at any price that can compete with this awesome VW in terms of sheer practical fun. Call today!

Vehicle Details

  • 1970 Volkswagen Type 2
  • Listing ID:CC-1548707
  • Price:$32,995
  • Location:Ft Worth, Texas
  • Year:1970
  • Make:Volkswagen
  • Model:Type 2
  • Exterior Color:Multi-Color
  • Interior Color:Tan
  • Transmission:Manual
  • Odometer:28339
  • Stock Number:5188-DFW
  • VIN:2302219102

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