1960 VW Splitscreen RHD Single Cab Pickup

Highlights


  • An original Pickup
  • Rare Right Hand Drive Model
  • New 1600cc engine
  • Historic Vehicle & MOT exempt 

BACKGROUND


The two front windscreens on the Volkswagen T2 gives rise to this model’s name the ‘Splitscreen”, originally powered back in 1960 by an air-cooled 1200cc engine producing a meagre 30BHP.

Available in a huge variety of versions of the Transporter, from vans, to buses, to ambulances, to name but a few variants, the T2 Volkswagon Transporter or Bus, is now in massive demand from collectors and committed ‘Splitty” devotees.

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HISTORY 


This particular Pickup version spent its early life in sunny and dry Australia, until being re-imported to the UK, in 2008.

Since then, it sat a further 14 years until the current owner, took on the task of restoring this iconic and still fairly solid T2 Pickup, but he’s now run out of time and so the chance is there for someone to carry on the good work.

With some welding carried out on the chassis which was happily in a fairly solid state, a reconditioned 1600cc engine from a VW Beetle was fitted, the gearbox was stripped down, rebuilt and refitted, new suspension and brakes fitted all round, a new petrol tank and full wiring loom was installed and the electrics converted from 6v to 12v and worked through so they all functioned correctly, and the T2 was now running and ready to be used and enjoyed either as a rolling resto or as is. 

The delightful but simple interior renovation of the cab and seat has started but needs to be continued and then of course there is the body, which will require some renovation as there is certainly some cosmetic rust to deal and contend with.

PAPERWORK


The T2 comes with its V5c showing the three UK owners since importation, an Importation Certificate and a fair bit of work to do if its to be brought back to its former glory. Its last MOT expired in 2016.

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INTERIOR


Quaint and basic is probably a good description of the interior though much of it is original and there to be restored.

One look at the renovated bench seat, wooden steering wheel and wonderful red period dash is a throwback to Volkswagens commercial heritage and is a unique simplistic driving experience. 
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EXTERIOR


The state of the body work, rear panels and drop sides are mostly solid, one of the drop-sides having already been replaced, but there’s considerable rust to deal with and more than a few dents that will need addressing too.

Wheels and tyres are recent additions and look the part and the super-cool Semaphore pop-out indicators reportedly still work. The rear lights are original but the front headlamps have had indicator bulbs fitted.

MECHANICS


Most of the mechanics and running gear are fully reconditioned and are working well. A new starter motor and battery has been fitted and the Pickup starts and runs nicely. 

APPEAL


While it might need some work to make perfect, this is a rare opportunity to own a very stylish and iconic vehicle that has a huge following the world over. It’s relatively solid underneath, with the mechanics and running gear all in good working order, and most importantly its right hand drive and ready to be enjoyed. The rest, as they say, is up to you.

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Vehicle specification
  • Year 1960
  • Make Volkswagen
  • Model Splitscreen RHD Single Cab Pickup
  • Colour Red
  • Odometer 91,057 Miles
  • Engine size 1600
  • Town Droitwich
Auction Details
  • Seller Type Private
  • Location Worcestershire
  • Country United Kingdom
Bidding history
31 bids
  • jordan.•••• £22,000 28/06/22
  • Kp1 £21,750 28/06/22
  • jordan.•••• £21,500 28/06/22
  • Kp1 £20,000 28/06/22
  • jordan.•••• £19,000 28/06/22
  • Kp1 £18,500 28/06/22
  • jordan.•••• £18,000 28/06/22
  • Kp1 £17,500 28/06/22
  • jordan.•••• £17,000 28/06/22
  • Kp1 £16,500 28/06/22

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