The Split-Screen VW Camper Van Which Costs The Same As A Ferrari

This classic VW camper van went to auction in June 2016 with the potential of reaching up to £120,000.

It has spent the majority of its life in the U.S, but was shipped over to the UK in 2005, and underwent a full restoration.

The 1957 Type 2 Samba Microbus is highly sought after 23-window, split-screen model.

The van went under auction with the popular seller Bonhams, who described it as being ‘as readily recognisable as the immortal Beetle itself and a cult vehicle in its own right’.

This particular microbus is the extremely sought after 23-window, split-screen model, which is one of the rarest and most popular models available.

The camper came about in the 1940s, when Dutch VW agent Ben Pon created plans for a van based on the Beetle floor plan and running gear. It was given the name ‘Type 2’ as the Beetle was known as the ‘Type 1’.

This particular Type 2 model has been stripped down, cleaned and rebuilt, as well as having the seats blasted and painted, then re-trimmed in the original brown colour.

The camper van was given the guide price of between £80,000 and £120,000. The current UK record stands at £91,100 which was set at the 2015 festival.

Another element of the restoration was the headlining, door cards and sunroof, which were made and supplied by West Coast Classics in California.

A statement from Bonhams said: ‘It remains in commensurately excellent condition, and there can be no better way in which to enjoy the Goodwood gatherings and this summer’s other historic motor sports events.’


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