Back in 2015, there was news that a classic Volkswagen camper van could be in for breaking records.
The van in question was this Devon Type 2 Deluxe Microbus, which has been restored so well that it looks every bit as good as it did when it left the VW factory in Germany back in 1964.
This camper is racing its way towards the record books, after being valued at approximately £100,000 (in 2015) which would make it Britain’s most expensive ever sold in the UK.
When assessed by experts, they claimed that the 51-year-old van has been so well restored that it looks just as it would have the day it left the factory.
This particular type of van, a rare Devon Type 2 Deluxe Microbus is one of the most sought-after models of the VW camper.
This particular model was dispatched from the factory in Wolfsburg, to Ramsgate, Kent where it was then transformed into a camper van by conversion company, Devon. Following this, it then went on to be owned by families in Britain and Germany.
The seller has spent thousands on restoring the classic VW to its original state, and a survey rated it ‘condition 1’ – which is the best possible state for a car.
Experts at London auction house Bonhams tipped the VW to sell for UK record £100,000, however independent valuation put its worth at £108,000.
A spokesperson for Bonhams said, “This spectacular 21-window split-screen Micro Bus was ordered from the Volkswagen factory as a right-hand drive vehicle with the M543 option.
“This meant that it was delivered without rear seats to facilitate its conversion by the specialist coachbuilder Devon into one of its immensely popular ‘Caravette’ motor homes.
“This ultra-rare Volkswagen features a host of desirable options such as a two-hob gas cooker, a fridge with water tap, heating, two bench seats with a table which can be converted into a double bed, curtains all round, storage compartments in doors and under the seats, a wardrobe in the rear, additional interior lighting and grey fabric upholstery”.
The world record price for a Volkswagen camper was set in 2014 when a similar Devon Microbus from 1955 sold for a whopping £150,000 at auction in Germany.