29th Nov, 2023 13:00

Pavilion Gardens | Buxton, Derbyshire

Lot 95

1960 Volkswagen Type 2 (T1) Camper Van
Subject to a comprehensive overhaul in 2021

Lot details

Registration No: 948 XVU
Chassis No: 685184
MOT: Exempt

  • Subject to a comprehensive overhaul completed in 2021 by the current owner
  • Interior refurbished with a Dormobile pop-top, modern EVO Design furniture, Rock 'n' Roll bed and Evolution Flip-Over front seat
  • German - built 'T1', originally a left-hand drive US market example
  • Fully UK registered

The Volkswagen Type 2 (the Type 1 was the Beetle) has long since acquired cult status courtesy of such diverse celebrity owners as Jamie Oliver, Martin Clunes, Roger Daltry, Vernon Kay and Jenson Button. It gained cult status for having helped hippies survive the late 1960s and has become the transport of choice for many a surfer to coastlines around the world. Available in Van, Micro-Bus, Pick-up and Camper guises, it (and it's sister the Type 1 or 'Beetle') would probably have been nicknamed the 'car that changed the world' if the Model T hadn't got there first. The original Splitscreen T1 version (now very sought after) was launched in 1950 and built in both Germany and Brazil. The first versions were powered by a rear-mounted 1131cc flat-four engine producing a modest 24bhp but as the years progressed, the size and power grew before German production ended in 1967 when it was replaced by the T2 variant of the Type 2, more commonly referred to as the 'Bay Window'.

According to the dating certificate supplied by The Splitscreen Van Club, this particular 'Splitty' was first exported to Baltimore in the USA after being manufactured on 18th November 1960 and was originally built as a Kombi bus with 6 opening side windows. Little is known of its life from manufacturer to the vendor's ownership. The current owner (a serial VW Type 2 restorer) imported the van from Canada in 2019 and immediately set about completing a top quality restoration. The van had already had a hole cut in the roof so the owner smartened it up and sourced a Dormobile style roof (and an expensive new canvas to suit it). The van needed vast amounts of welding which has all been completed to a very high standard with fresh paintwork to suit. The interior was also re-fitted with a high-quality camper interior including modern kitchen units by EVO Design and grey wool seating and rock 'n' roll bed. The front bench seat is a desirable Flip-Over item from Evolution. The refurbished engine is the standard single carburettor 1600cc engine as originally fitted along with a refurbished gearbox with a short shift kit. An imminent move by the vendor to Eastern Europe now forces the sale of this fantastic Splitscreen giving a new owner the opportunity to enjoy that camping trip to Cornwall or Devon.

For more information, please contact:
Lucas Gomersall
07484 082430


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Auction: Pavilion Gardens | Buxton, Derbyshire, 29th Nov, 2023

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Tuesday 28th November 2023 from 12pm to 8pm
Wednesday 29th November 2023 from 9am

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