In 1950, Volkswagen released a "forward control" light commercial
vehicle known as the Type 2. One of the original cargo vans, it
spawned the advent of the van revolution. Built strictly for
utility, the Type 2, which ultimately was offered in several body
types, was notorious for low horsepower but trustworthy
performance. As the Type 2 vans began arriving in the United
States, they were met with wide acclaim for both their utility and
appeal as multi-purpose vehicles. Cargo, passenger and camping
variants of the Type 2 could be found, with varying numbers of
windows, throughout the US.
This 1965 Volkswagen 23-window microbus camper re-creation is the
result of a thorough nut-and-bolt restoration completed in 2022.
Powered by a rebuilt stock 1500cc flat-4 air-cooled engine mated to
a 4-speed manual transmission, this bus is an absolute joy to
drive. The simplicity of the mechanics of this car lend to its
appeal. The van's 12-volt electrical system was redone during
restoration, along with the brakes and suspension parts.
Period-correct bell pans were also added to the undercarriage for
improved structural rigidity. This re-creation is painted two-tone
gray and white on the exterior and is complimented by a vinyl Sand
and Walnut interior. Safari windows, pop-out side windows, a
retractable vinyl sunroof and dual front and rear roof racks with a
side ladder make this van standout amongst others. The van's camper
interior, with the back seats facing each other, a fixed center
table, USB-powered water sink with a rechargeable spout,
mini-fridge, folding rear bench seat that can turn into a bed,
window curtains and storage space make you want to pack up and hit
the road in it. This is undoubtedly one of the coolest VW campers
on the market today.
Unless stated otherwise, mileage shown on odometer is exempt and
unknown if original.
1965 Volkswagen Bus
Location:Vero Beach, Florida
Exterior Color:Gray & White
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