Slow down and enjoy the chill factor right here…
– 4-cylinder with boxer engine with displacement 1.584 ccm
– power 34 kW / 42 PS
– This VW T1 Bus Model 231 with gullwing doors on the right side + the rare front passage “Walk through” was finished in the colour velvet green in March 1965.
– It was delivered to the U.S. without interior equipment (documented by the factory) and professionally equipped with camper equipment.
– The vehicle has 3 owners and was with the 2nd owner for over 40 years
– Imported to Germany in 2015 by the current owner
– Complete restoration from 2015 to 2021
– The woodwork was done 1 to 1
– Electrics converted from 6 to 12 volts
– Engine overhauled at “Russ” workshop in Wiesbaden
– Extensive documentation + invoices available
– Vehicle registration in Germany in summer 2021
– Admission as historic vehicle
From reconstruction worker to cult object
The most successful German commercial vehicle has its roots in the postwar period – as a simple, reliable, spacious transporter it was available from 1950, with only 25 hp and a top speed of 80 km/h. That was it – that had to do.
Over the years, the requirements grew, and the “Splittie”, as it was referred to because of its split windscreen, grew too, and adapted itself: Different body shapes appeared, in addition to the closed van, there was the “Kombi” with three windows on each side. In 1951 came the – nowadays much sought-after – Samba bus with 23 windows, in 1952 the pickup. The crew-cab was available from 1959. Westfalia campers followed in 1960. From 1963, the larger engine of the VW 1500 became an option.
In 17 years, a total of 1.8 million T1 rolled off the assembly line, with one in five being sold outside Germany. A sight to behold were the colourfully painted hippie vans of the 1960s / 1970s. The T1 was loved in these circles too.