1964 Volkswagen Deluxe '21-Window' MicrobusSOLD

1964 Volkswagen Deluxe '21-Window' Microbus

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<li class="list-check__item">Superb example of one of the rarest iterations of the iconic Microbus<li class="list-check__item">No-expense-spared restoration of a wonderful 21-window model <li class="list-check__item">Presented in original turquoise with fully refinished interior<li class="list-check__item">Period-correct trim and correct materials throughout<li class="list-check__item">Includes period luggage set and Blaupunkt "picnic" radioIntroduced in 1950, the Volkswagen Type 2 was the German automaker's second model offering, after the original Type 1 "Beetle." Meant as a utilitarian workhorse for post-WWII Europe, the Type 2 would evolve into countless variants and, most notably, earn cult-like status in the Southern California surfing community.

This rare 1964 Volkswagen Deluxe '21-Window' example represents the best of all possible worlds for fans of VW's iconic classic. As an already exceedingly original and rust-free example, the current owner decided a total restoration would make a good thing even better. Corey Smith, of Smitty's Auto Body in Costa Mesa, California, spearheaded the nut-and-bolt restoration, and utilized the best specialists to ensure everything was done to the highest possible standard.

It combines highly detailed touches, such as the period-correct trim and "ice pick" door handles, along with subtle modifications that make this Microbus more user-friendly in modern traffic. A more powerful 2,007-cc four-cylinder engine - custom designed to look like the original motor - and rebuilt four-speed manual transmission, with upgraded gearing, help make this Microbus better-suited to highway driving.

Perched inside the cabin, the driver is immediately greeted by a "barn door" steering wheel (a popular retrofit from 1955 and earlier buses), along with authentic gauges and original dash-mounted clock. All the seat frames were blasted and powder-coated. Upholstery work was done by West Coast Classics in Los Angeles, a shop specializing in vintage VW interiors. The restoration was completed in June 2016.

While enormously popular when new, this 21-window Type 2, finished in Deluxe trim, represents one of the absolute rarest and most coveted examples of VW's legendary Microbus.

To view this car and others currently consigned to this auction, please visit the RM website at rmsothebys.com/en/auctions/AM18.

Reference Number 515916

as of 3/24/2018

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