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1973 Volkswagen Type 2 Westfalia Campmobile

OFFERED WITHOUT RESERVE
  • Very desirable camper wagon
  • Great period vintage colors; fresh orange plaid interior
  • Smooth running 1.7-litre air-cooled engine
  • Four-speed manual gearbox
  • Kitchenette with folding tables and sink
  • Pop-up top for added sleeping room

VIN: 2342072358

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When Volkswagen released its first Type 2 Microbus in the spring of 1950, it was aimed primarily for the commercial market. The T2 would be pushed into many different careers from light delivery vehicles to being a first responder in ambulance and fire-rescue livery. It would be offered in numerous body configurations straight from the factory and in "Microbus" form could be fitted with plenty of seats to offer economical personal transportation. Best of all, it was a relatively compact size that would easily fit in most any family's garage. Mounted in the rear of the vehicle was the same horizontally opposed four-cylinder, air-cooled engine used in the Type 1 Beetles. While VW didn't invent the cab-forward control idea, with the driver over the front wheels, it promoted the system and would eventually become the standard for the industry. For the 1968 model year, a total redesign of the Type 2 took place that saw the "box" stretched about nine inches, the two side doors were replaced with a single sliding door, larger windows all around, and up front a one-piece curved windshield increased visibility and made for safer operation. These design changes helped earn it the nicknames of "Breadloaf" or "Bay Window" models by enthusiasts. The first Westfalia camper conversion had taken place back in 1951 at the request of a British Army officer stationed in Germany. He simply requested that this established conversion company turn his Microbus into a home and workspace on wheels. Westfalia met the challenge and as more orders for such conversions came to the company, a working agreement with VW was soon in place. Several different configurations and a long list of options were put into production. With the advent of the new "Breadbox" T2s, Westfalia expanded their options list and orders poured in from the USA as well as all over Europe.

For 1973, Volkswagen gave the T2s a noticeable facelift by moving the parking lights/turn signals from below the headlight to a much higher and more visible location above them. This awesome Campmobile screams "1970s" with its Brilliant Orange exterior paint and appears to have been restored to its original factory configuration. Power comes from the 1,679-cc four-cylinder engine tucked neatly away under the rear floor and the trusty four-speed transaxle ensures that there will be plenty of power for this Campmobile. Among its many features are the famous pop-up roof, with new tent sides, and interior fabrics that are perfect for the era with both the driver and front passenger seats covered in a bright orange plaid fabric. This design choice is replicated in the rear camping compartment for the bench seat as well as the mattress pad covers in the upstairs sleeping quarters. It is fitted with a folding table, small sink, propane powered refrigerator and plenty of storage cabinets with simulated woodgrain paneling. Exhibited for many years in a museum, it was acquired by a "Westy" enthusiast who performed a sympathetic restoration on the body and camping components. Turning to SMS Fabrics in Portland, Oregon, the original style plaid fabrics were acquired to bring this lovely mini camper back to its factory appearance. Surprisingly, the dashboard of this T2 has never been punched or altered for the mounting of a radio or other entertainment systems. The love for these vans has grown over the years with several groups that enjoy pursuing a time when life a little less hectic, the music a bit more mellow, and leisure suits were the uniform of the day.

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