1963 Volkswagen Type 2 (T1) Splitwindow Van Three-Door Deluxe PickupSOLD
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Estimate: $25,000-$35,000 US

Offered Without Reserve

$26,400 Sold

Est. 130hp, 1,766 cc flat-four cylinder engine, twin carburetors, four-speed manual transmission, front kingpins and transverse torsion bars with rear swing axles and torsion bar, four-wheel drum brakes. Wheelbase: 94.5"

Volkswagen established itself as the leading imported car in the US market in the early 1960s with the unforgettable Beetle. It proved that a well engineered and built small car could find a public in the home of the “ land yacht ” . A noted development of the rear-engine wonder from Germany was the famous Microbus. A favorite of families, campers, surfers and later hippies, it demonstrated that a small people carrier could be a success. The Microbus spawned a variant itself, the Transporter, a pickup truck. VW turned the problem of the high load floor necessitated by the rear engine placement into an advantage with side panels which folded down to allow easy loading from the side, not possible with a standard pickup truck. Given the current popularity of the “ crew cab ” pickup, it may come as a surprise to some that many years ago VW sold an extended cab version of the Transporter, with a rear door on the right side for access to the rear compartment. As the Microbus and the Beetle have always been popular canvases for custom refashioning, so too does the pickup lend itself to modification.

The VW pickup presented from the Wiseman Collection is one such vehicle. While appearing basically stock, it has been subtly altered. Painted pale yellow with black vinyl upholstery, it features wraparound windows on the rear of the cab, which give a more airy feel. Adding to this impression are the roof windows taken from a deluxe Microbus, a full folding fabric sunroof and opening windshield and rear window panels.

The truck rides on a lowered suspension, with chrome mag wheels and full body trim from a deluxe bus, giving it a distinctly upmarket feel. The bed has been sprayed with a protective lining to allow it to be used as a real work vehicle, ready to hit the beach or the mountains. You ’ ll get there faster than you might think as well, with the larger, more powerful engine and prototype header exhaust system, built by a noted competition shop in Phoenix, Arizona.

Reference Number 15018

as of 11/4/2007

Car 1963 Volkswagen Type 2 (T1) Splitwindow Van Three-Door Deluxe Pickup
VIN 1018773 
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