20th Sep, 2023 12:00

30th Anniversary Sale at The Imperial War Museum | Duxford, Cambridgeshire

Lot 423

1980 Volkswagen Type 2 (T2) Devon Moonraker Camper

Sold for £13,500

(including buyers premium)

Lot details

Registration No: NEA 421V
Chassis No: 2392148815
MOT: Exempt

  • UK-supplied example featuring largely original interior and 1641 ‘Super Street’ engine
  • Subject to over £6,000 expenditure, with only c.3000 miles covered since
  • In current ownership the last 11 years

Introduced in 1968, the T2 generation of Volkswagen’s iconic, forward-control Type 2 which has proven versatile enough to serve as a panel van, minibus, camper van and even fire engine was immediately recognisable due to its adoption of a large single-piece windscreen. Nicknamed the ‘Bay Window’, the newcomer incorporated a revised half-shaft driveline to the rear which not only facilitated an increase in ride height but also improved handling. The T2’s lengthened wheelbase was welcomed by motor caravan builders if only because the increased interior space it yielded made conversion and customisation easier. Facelifted in 1972 for the following model year, the Volkswagen gained more visible / higher set indicators and stronger square-profile bumpers that enabled the so-called T2b to meet contemporary US passenger car safety standards (tests from which vans were technically exempt).

One of the very last of the T2S off the production line, having been manufactured in the last week of July 1979, this wonderful Devon Moonraker was converted from new and then first registered on 06 July 1980. Presented in the attractive shade of yellow and featuring a 1641cc fast road engine, the largely original interior includes a side opening ‘pop top’, worktop and cabinets with 2 burner hob, sink with drying rack, rock-and-roll bed, folding chair, table, curtains, a plethora of storage, recent integrated fridge, C-TEK charger with leisure battery and much more.

‘NEA 421V’ benefited from an enhanced 1641 ‘Big bore super street’ engine in August 2009 with The Engine Shop. This included a reground crankshaft, new Engle fast road camshaft, main bearings, big end bearings and camshaft bearings. As well as this, new valves, 1641cc barrels, 87mm pistons with rings, new gudgeon rings, a re-faced flywheel with new oil seal, a new cylinder head, spark plugs, gaskets, the crank case crack tested, single port units fitted with re-manufactured heads, a distributor fitted, the ignition timing set and the car built to run on unleaded fuel.

3 years later, the van would be purchased by its current owner, who subsequently invested £6,349 with specialists Absolute VW to ensure the van was well-sorted. These works included the van being lowered with Creative Engineering beam and adjustable spring plates, replacement front discs, calipers, pads and flexible hoses, rear star adjusters, the engine removed with new oil cooler seals, a replacemetnt inlet manifold gasket, replacement flywheel oil seal, rear fan housing, replacement oil, plugs, points, leads and condenser, a new vacuum hose with the carburation and timing adjusted and set, valve clearances set, As well as this, various wiring was re-made, the head gaskets replaced, a standard exhaust was fitted, the gearbox oil replaced, input shaft seal and release bearing replaced, a leisure battery fitted with split charge, a 12v fuse box fitted, under-seat lighting fitted, as well as a 240v hook up, some sockets for the fridge and more.

Since these enhancements, the van's travels have spanned approximately 3000 miles, with a significant portion, around 2000 miles, attributed to a European road trip. Now offered for sale due to lack of use, ‘NEA 421V’ comes accompanied with a history file with invoices dating back to 2006 – including those for the engine upgrade and extensive works in current ownership. The current V5C document is also included which displays 5 former keepers.

For more information, please contact:
Andreas Hicks


All successful bids must be paid in full by midday the day after the auction at the latest.

You can collect your new pride and joy from our venue until 1pm the day following the sale or our partners are on hand to help arrange safe transportation:


Auction: 30th Anniversary Sale at The Imperial War Museum | Duxford, Cambridgeshire, 20th Sep, 2023

Established in 1993, H&H has sold some of the world's most significant motorcars and motorcycles over the past 30 years. Now owned by its employees and trusted by over 75,000 clients worldwide, we are the longest established auction house of our kind in Europe.


Buyers, bidders and attendees will enjoy a special day in the prestigious Imperial War Museum with some fantastic treats including.
Drinks Reception   |   Music   |   Guest Speakers

With each successful bidder receiving a specially selected hamper.

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Tuesday 19th September 2023 from 1pm to 8pm
Wednesday 20th September 2023 from 9am


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