1967 Volkswagen Samba 21-window Deluxe MicrobusSOLD
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Estimate: £30000 - £40000

Sold: £17,118

The first generation of Volkswagen buses were built from 1949 to 1967 and are known as split-window buses or ‘splitties’. The splitties sported a split windscreen along with a sweeping v-line front and a large VW emblem. These buses were 170 cubic feet (about 4.8 cubic meters) in volume and were considered spacious. Splitties came in many guises; barn door, panel, kombi, standard, deluxe, ambulance, single and double cab, walk-through, double door, semaphore and safari are just a few. The Microbus was introduced in 1950. This had nicer upholstery, two-tone paint, engine adjustments and the shape of front bumper changed. The big cast aluminium ‘VW’ logo appeared on the front and back. During 1963 the engine size increased to 1500cc and also the sliding side door became available as an option. In 1967 the electrical system changed to 12 volts before the new type (bay window) was introduced.

This 1967 Samba is finished in red over black paint, with period cream velour/vinyl interior and alcantara roof lining. First registered new in California, USA, where it spent the majority of its life, the bus was meticulously restored in 2005 for two years at no expense spared. The bus was still in very good condition up until 2005, with no rust and all original panels intact. In fact the only un-original addition was an external intercooler for the hot summer months. The works are supported with a full photographic reference and the bus still retains its original ‘Transporter’ type seating configuration. Upon completion, this extensive rebuild was marked with a class win on its maiden outing at a Los Angeles car show.

In November 2007 SAM6A was bought by the current owner, wrapped up and shipped to the UK. Since its docking in the UK it has passed all necessary DVLA certification and is fully registered with the very appropriate cherished registration ‘SAM6A’. In addition, the bus comes complete with original glass, safari windows, chrome bumpers and a beautifully finished interior. Still yet to venture out on UK roads, this Classic Deluxe Microbus has been eagerly awaiting its first show and is described as in excellent condition.

Reference Number 43499

as of 5/12/2009

Car 1967 Volkswagen Samba 21-window Deluxe Microbus
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