Sold for £12,375
(including buyers premium)
Registration No: ULN 337R
Chassis No: 2162140089
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).
First registered in the UK in February of 1984 having been imported into the UK previously, this 1976 ‘Bay’ offers the retro VW camper experience with benefits of a VanWurks Ltd. A ‘tin-top’ steel roof commercial version of the Type 2 was used for the conversion to a camper. VanWurks Ltd built the ‘Bay’ as a camper in 2021 for some £10,712. The specification from VanWurks Ltd included preparation work, a fridge, upholstery and trimming, seat rebuilds, front bench seat, ‘buddy seat’ and cushions, door panels in two tone Blue and Cream, an interior bulkhead panel, a Blaupunkt stereo and a wireless phone charger. The wheels are Empi-style 5 spoke wheels in complementing White.
The Blue and Cream colour scheme extended to the Tartan-style seat fabric with a subtle Blue and Cream vinyl, tastefully ensuring the cabin is fresh and airy. Just prior to the conversion, the c.£8,000 restoration of the ‘Bay’, by Hill Top Classics, included body repair and rust preventative measures, some new panels, seals and paintwork.
Ensuring the ‘Bay’ would be more suitable to drive in modern traffic, The Engine Shop of Erith, Kent had previously provided services to overhaul and upgrade the existing AS code 1600cc Type 2 twin port engine in July of 2011 and at a cost of c.£1800. They fitted 1641cc barrels and 87mm pistons as part of the specification. Indeed, there is an extensive collection of invoices documenting mechanical work over the years, that also includes a refresh of steering components. There are invoices dating back to 1995. It is offered with a V5C, a collection of invoices and some old MOT paperwork.
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