1975 Volkswagen Camper
Believe it or not, The Type 2 Camper Van had humble beginnings. It
was created to carry car parts around a humongous VW factory in
Britain. Before its invention, manufacturers used stripped down VW
Beetles for this task. In 1947, a Dutch VW importer, by the name of
Ben Pon, came up with an idea for a van based on the Beetle. A mere
two years later, the concept, (an alternative to a cart and horse),
was released at Geneva Motor. Out of this concept, the first VW
camper van was born. In the beginning, it was simply a 170 cubic ft
box built on a four-wheeled chassis. Over the next few years,
Volkswagen expanded on this concept and came up with almost a 100
different body combinations with a variety of uses including the
camper van, pick-ups, ambulances, fire engines, and more.
For consignment, a 1975 version of the Volkswagen T2 Camper. This
one has been upgraded with a newer, (40,000 miles when installed),
Porsche engine, Bluetooth radio, an easy to clean wood floor, newer
upholstery and newer tires. Acadia National Park here we come, or
maybe it should be the Grand Canyon, or wait...the wilds of
Wyoming. How about all of them. Dream on!
The steel body of this camper is showing some rust bubbles and body
filler. It's all bathed in white, and panels are somewhat wavy in
areas throughout. Including the flat front that has a spare mounted
to it with a peace sign covering. The round headlights have an
interesting heart shaped covering and glow with love at night,
Groovy! The doors offer up easy access to the front buckets, and a
sliding side door gives us access to the living space. The roof
pops up for plenty of extra space and all the tenting and screens
are in good condition. As we move back, the sides have nice open
long horizontal windows and even the back allows light to come
through the gate with a window. In the drivers rear side glass is a
portrait of the queen, Penny Lane? On the back a small lift gate
gives us access to the rear quarters, and just below is the "hood"
revealing the engine. Black bumpers are plastered with places
visited on the back as is the rear glass. Standard steel wheels are
covered with shiny moon caps and wrapped in 205/75R14's all
Opening the front doors we see black vinyl panels that have smooth
tops and angled embossed vertical panels in the centers. Below is a
small panel smooth and it sports a speaker. All black handles,
actuator and cranks are seen. Moving inside to the cockpit, up
front more black for the molded dash which has an angled upward
dash and instrument cluster. In front of the driver is a trio of
round gauges in a textured black panel. The flowerpot holder hangs
from the right side of this panel and makes me feel peace, love and
Kool cigarettes. Next is an aftermarket Kenwood AM/FM/CD player
which is bluetooth capable. Below the dash are some "snowshoe"
style woven shelves to store more gear. Bucket seats in pedestals
are seen in black vinyl more angled panels for the inserts and
white piping on the edges. These have nice headrests and present in
excellent condition. A slide of the side door gives us access to
the living space which has all the amenities of a camper. Behind
the driver's seat is a fold down panel to sit whatever on top and
the same for the passenger's side only this one is a bit taller.
Tucked in now behind the driver's seat is the loo box with a padded
vinyl covered pad for an extra seat when not in use. It comes with
an extra toilet seat for outside use, (think groover!). An expanse
of wood flooring is in the center, and a full couch is in just aft
of the side windows. This has comfy cushions and armrests. Behind
the couch taking up the back of the bus is a full mattress and a
storage cabinet sans doors. Above is another mattress that can be
used when the top is popped. Nice wood grained plywood is installed
and doubles as the headliner. All the comforts of home, but now on
the road. All this will make you a happy camper!
In the back, tucked under the mattress in the engine bay is a
1930cc flat 4 Porsche engine. It has a 1-barrel carburetor and a
4-speed manual transmission with a 4.86 rear axle. A
stainless-steel muffler is seen underneath.
Underneath some surface rust is noted on the ribbed galvanized
steel floor pans, hangers off the frame and heavier in the wheel
wells. In the front heavy surface rust and corrosion is noted on
the frame and wells. Independent transverse torsion bar suspension
is in front, and independent semi trailing arm suspension on back.
Some hookup parts are heavily rusted. Disc brakes are reserved for
the front, and drums for the rear.
It starts right up and runs nicely. Good handling and smooth 4
speed shifting, along with good braking. All is in working order
but we did not do any hookups so I cannot speak for those.
A camping we will go, a camping we will go, hi ho the dairy-o a
camping we will go! Pop up top, comfortable amenities inside and 2
beds are all crammed into this classic bus camper from VW.
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with showroom space for up to 1,000 vehicles. Also, a 400 vehicle
barn find collection is on display.
This vehicle is located in our showroom in Morgantown,
Pennsylvania, conveniently located just 1-hour west of Philadelphia
on the I-76 Pennsylvania Turnpike. The website is
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