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1960 Volkswagen 23-Window Microbus

  • Iconic 23-window Samba bus styling
  • Rotisserie restored to a high standard
  • 1.5-litre air-cooled flat floor engine
  • Sliding fabric sunroof and safari windows

VIN: 636867

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In the spring of 1950, Volkswagen introduced the Type II Microbus as a follow up to their hugely successful first production model, the well-loved Type I Beetle. Originally designed with the commercial market in mind, different body styles were introduced in the Type II line and were known as the Transporter, Kombi or Microbus, with each offering an innovative way to transport cargo and passengers in a convenient, car-sized package. Key to this was its "forward control" layout, which placed the driver over the front wheels. Although not quite the first to use such a design, the Volkswagen Type I helped popularize it.

The Type II's rear-drive, rear-engine chassis was derived from the Beetle, along with its horizontally opposed air-cooled four-cylinder engine. Body styles included various commercial-oriented panel vans and flatbed pickups. But what most consider the most iconic version is the multiple passenger-carrying Microbus Deluxe, or Samba, featuring a fun pop-out split windshield and eight large skylight windows flanking a retractable fabric roof. The first-generation Type II's were produced from 1951 through the end of 1967, with earlier versions of the Microbus Deluxe having been dubbed "23-Window" models accounting for all the windowpanes present. A wider rear door incorporated in 1964 necessitated removing the two curved, rear-corner windows, thus originating the moniker "21-Window" that applies to this last year of production of this iconic design.

One of the most recognizable vehicles ever produced, the Volkswagen Type II, or Samba or Bus as they are more commonly known, has served millions around the world. Perhaps the most sought-after Type IIs are the 23-window buses. This 1960 Volkswagen presents as a 23-window Deluxe model that has been completely refurbished and looks amazing. It is believed that this particular example was one of many Volkswagens manufactured in Brazil. It is finished attractively in two-tone Mango Green and off-white with white-painted bumpers with overriders. Body-colored 15-inch steel wheels wearing VW-stamped hubcaps are mounted with 165-series Coker Classic whitewall tires giving this great bus a fun and nostalgic look. Equipment includes a highly desirable sliding fabric sunroof, eight skylight windows, safari-style windshields, pop-out side glass and dual side mirrors.

Powering this fun classic is a 1.5-litre air-cooled flat-four engine, featuring dual-port heads, which was overhauled during the restoration process. The great running engine is paired with a four-speed manual transaxle and a 12-volt electrical system. The spacious cabin has been refurbished and features caramel brown upholstery with white piping, along with color-coordinated door and side panels, as well as a beige mohair headliner. Black rubber covers the front floors, while tan square-weave carpets cover the rear floors and cargo area. Dual swing-out doors provide access to a rear compartment that features two rows of bench seats. Additional equipment includes an overhead ventilation unit, a passenger-side grab handle, a handy storage shelf, and a Custom Autosound USA-230 stereo. A two-spoke steering wheel accompanies a body dashboard that houses an 80-mph VDO speedometer and gauges for both the fuel level and amperage. This wonderful Volkswagen is iconically stylish, easy to drive and has plenty of room which will be needed for your friends and family as they all will want a ride in this fun Microbus.

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