1964 Volkswagen Splitscreen 21 Window Samba Deluxe


  • Fantastic condition throughout 
  • Painstakingly restored by specialists 
  • Once featured in the January 1995 edition of Volksworld VW magazine 

The Appeal

The Volkswagen Samba, especially the 21-window variant, is not just a vehicle; it's a cultural phenomenon, an emblem of freedom and exploration that harkens back to the 1960s and '70s. Conceived during the postwar era in Germany, this delightful microbus quickly evolved from a utilitarian vehicle to a symbol of counterculture and lifestyle. The 21-window design is particularly iconic, offering a panoramic, almost cinematic, driving experience. When you're behind the wheel, it's easy to imagine you're cruising down the Pacific Coast Highway or attending a historic music festival, even if you're just on a weekend escape. 

This specific 1964 VW Samba Deluxe is a rare find in today's market, particularly in such an immaculate state. The 21-window models have become increasingly scarce, with many fetching astronomical prices at auctions and private sales. What sets this bus apart is not only its rarity but the painstaking attention to detail in its restoration. The harmonious blend of Turkish Blue and white on the exterior, coupled with an interior that retains much of its original oak fittings, make this a showpiece worthy of the most discerning collector. 

Yet, it's not a museum piece; it's fully equipped for the road and the adventures that await. With a slightly bored-out engine for that extra push and modern upgrades like front disc brakes and an electronic ignition, it balances historical allure with present-day practicality seamlessly. Given its top-notch condition inside and out, this Samba stands as one of the finest examples of a cultural icon, promising the next owner not just a vehicle, but an entire lifestyle. 

History and Paperwork

  • MOT and tax exempt 
  • Fully restored between 2014 and 2015 with detailed invoices by  Matt Smith (Smiths VW) and engine rebuild by Nigel Allen 
  • All of the extensive invoicing is in digital format 
  • Graced the pages of the January 1995 Volksworld VW magazine 
  • Yearly services since the restoration with invoices 


The Interior

  • Authentic oak interior preserved during restoration 
  • Features original Dudley stove, original refrigerator, and water pump 
  • All flooring, curtains, fabrics, and seats replaced to closely mimic original materials 
  • Both front seats in excellent condition 
  • Rear seating converts to a fold-out bed, also in excellent condition 
  • Steering wheel and dashboard present superbly 
  • Complete with the rare dashboard mounted clock 
Stepping into the cabin of this 1964 VW Samba 21-Window Deluxe is akin to entering a well-lit, meticulously crafted time capsule. The 21-window design is one of the interior's standout features, flooding the space with natural light and offering a panoramic view of your surroundings. This feature, unique to the Samba's design, makes for a delightful and airy driving experience that cannot be replicated by modern vehicles. 

The attention to detail in the restoration is evident everywhere you look. The floor, curtains, fabrics, and linings have all been replaced with materials that closely match the original, maintaining the bus's authentic charm. A white steering wheel and the rare clock on the dashboard echo the vehicle's classic roots. While there's an original Dudley stove and fridge to cater to your camping needs, a retro radio (with bluetooth) adds a touch of modern convenience without compromising the vintage aesthetic. 

Every element inside this Samba has been chosen with both form and function in mind. The lap belts are an essential addition, offering a layer of safety while you traverse modern roads. The colour coordination, a harmonious blend that matches the exterior, adds a final touch of elegance to the space. It's clear that the restoration aimed to preserve the original spirit and functionality of the Samba, creating an interior that’s both inviting and immensely enjoyable to be in, whether you're cruising down the highway or setting up camp for the night. 

The Exterior

  • Stripped down to bare metal and refurbished meticulously 
  • Classic good looks of a cultural icon 
  • Canvas roof presents superbly 
  • Resprayed with eye-catching Turkish Blue and white paint 
  • Bodywork in excellent condition 
  • All of the wheels are in perfect condition 
  • The panoramic windows and their seals are all in excellent condition  
  • Badges, light lenses and all other trim in the same fantastic condition as the rest of the vehicle 
The exterior of this 1964 VW Samba 21-Window Deluxe is nothing short of breathtaking. Its iconic design still holds immense appeal today, capturing the spirit of freedom and adventure that defined the 1960s and '70s. One of the standout features, of course, is the unique 21-window configuration. This is more than just a design gimmick; it's an architectural statement that offers unparalleled panoramic views and bathes the interior in natural light, making every journey a visual spectacle. 

The paintwork is another masterpiece in itself. The bus has been resprayed in Turkish Blue and white, a colour scheme that epitomises vintage charm. The paint remains in impeccable condition, thanks to a top-tier restoration and the fact that it's been stored in a heated garage year-round since. The brightwork, from the chrome bumpers to the door handles, is in excellent condition, adding another layer of authenticity to this classic. 

But the appeal of this Samba's exterior isn't merely skin deep. It was restored by specialists who have taken great care to maintain its original aesthetic, and it shows. This isn't just a vehicle; it's a time capsule, a rolling piece of history that draws eyes and starts conversations wherever it goes. The fact that it was featured in the January 1995 issue of Volksworld VW magazine only adds to its storied past and enduring allure. Simply put, this VW Samba is a perfect blend of form and function, a tribute to an era long gone but not forgotten, and it’s waiting for its next chapter. 

The Mechanics

  • Engine re-sleeved with new pistons to 92mm (1,835cc) to deliver additional torque 
  • Front disc brakes installed for improved stopping power 
  • Starts easily and idles well 
  • Engine rebuild by Nigel Allen 
  • Stainless-steel exhaust system installed 
  • Equipped with a new, more robust alternator 
  • Upgraded to electronic ignition for reliability 
  • The owner reports that it drives perfectly 
  • Fitted with a larger battery to meet modern electrical demands 
  • Enhanced lighting for increased visibility and safety 
  • Engine bay and undersides in excellent condition 
Mechanically, this Samba is robust and reliable. The 1,600cc engine has been re-sleeved to 1,835cc, delivering the extra torque you need to make uphill climbs effortless and cruising on modern roads much more comfortable. Front disc brakes provide a level of stopping power that brings contemporary safety to a classic driving experience. A stainless-steel exhaust system not only adds durability but also contributes a bit of modern flair. Every mechanical element has been either restored or upgraded to ensure this Samba is as reliable as it is charming. 


This 1964 VW Splitscreen 21 Window Samba Deluxe is more than a classic vehicle; it's a beautifully restored icon that delivers both classic allure and modern-day reliability. With its eye-catching exterior, authentically recreated interior, and robust mechanics, this Samba is not only a testament to the quality of Volkswagen's iconic design but also to the expertise and care that have gone into its restoration.

Whether you’re looking to relive the magic of the '60s or seeking a functional classic for your next road trip, this Samba Deluxe promises an unparalleled experience. 

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Vehicle specification
  • Year 1964
  • Make Volkswagen
  • Model Splitscreen 21
  • Colour Green
  • Odometer 38,725 Miles
  • Engine size 1600
Auction Details
  • Seller Type Private
  • Town Falmouth
  • Location Cornwall
  • Country United Kingdom
Bidding history
26 bids
  • almazlo•••• £57,000 25/09/23
  • lucas.r•••• £56,000 25/09/23
  • Aircool•••• £54,500 25/09/23
  • almazlo•••• £54,000 25/09/23
  • lucas.r•••• £53,000 25/09/23
  • Millsy7•••• £52,000 25/09/23
  • almazlo•••• £51,000 25/09/23
  • Millsy7•••• £50,000 25/09/23
  • lucas.r•••• £48,000 25/09/23
  • Millsy7•••• £46,000 25/09/23

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