1967 Volkswagen Type 2 (T1) Splitwindow VanSOLD

RM Vintage Motorcars in Arizona - Biltmore Resort & Spa, Friday January 19, 2007

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ESTIMATE: $30,000 - $50,000

$23,100 Sold

53hp, 1,500cc, air-cooled, four-cylinder boxer engine, four-speed transaxle, leaf and coil spring suspension and four-wheel drum brakes. Wheelbase: 94.5"

The air-cooled, rear-engine Volkswagens of the postwar era are often looked on as being all the same, but in reality, routine running changes and annual model updates have provided lots of variety in collecting. Based on the same principles as the much-loved Beetles, Heinz Nordoff announced a second model known as the Transporter, or Type II.

The first German-built Volkswagen pickups, vans and campers appeared in North America in 1950 in the highly versatile “ Transporter Series. ” The nine window vans did double duty as both people and parcel movers. With the two rear vinyl-covered bench seats, the “ Kombi ” , as it was also called, could transport eight people in comfort, yet there was still space for storing luggage. For work, the easily removable seats transformed the Kombi into a spacious hauling van with a rear access hatch and two swing-open side doors on the right.

In 1961, Car Life magazine compared the VW to its new American rivals, the compact Ford Econoline and Chevy ’ s Corvair-based Greenbrier Sports wagon and stated the 169-inch long VW Station Wagon had a far superior build quality inside and out, better handling and greater fresh air ventilation.

The 1967 model, as presented here, is especially desirable in that it was the last of the classic split-windshield series and benefited from the long overdue introduction of a number of desirable features, the most notable being an upgraded 12-volt electrical system.

The Transporter is finished in a very nice two-tone green and ivory paint scheme with a gray interior. The condition of the Volkswagen is impressive. It was a very solid example that was restored as needed, which included not only a full repaint but also the installation of a completely new interior. Since being acquired by the vendor, the Volkswagen has been stored indoors in a climate-controlled environment to preserve its remarkable condition. The Microbus is reported to start, run and drive beautifully.

The Volkswagen Transporter is a very practical, easily maintained collectable vehicle that stands as an endearing reminder of a period of time characterized by youthful idealism and individuality.

Reference Number 5731

as of 1/9/2007

Car 1967 Volkswagen Type 2 (T1) Splitwindow Van