1965 Volkswagen Split-Screen Campervan

Highlights


  • Sought after Split-Screen variant
  • Interesting interior 
  • Imported from Brazil in 2016

The Appeal


The story goes that early Volkswagen importer to the Netherlands Ben Pon suggested that the Type 1 (Beetle) chassis could be adapted to form the basis of a commercial vehicle. The resulting forward-control design would go on to become one of the most versatile and iconic vehicles of the 20th century.

Believed to be a Brazilian manufactured example, this Split-Screen Type 2 was imported to the UK in 2016 and has a number of intriguing features. It has a very unique and eye-catching appearance, and this individuality is carried over into the interior which has been trimmed with old coffee sacks. 

There are few vehicles with the same charm and appeal as a Split-Screen VW. Don’t miss out on this interesting example.



The History and Paperwork


  • This van is believed to have been built and spent its formative years in Brazil 
  • Imported to the UK in January 2016
  • MOT expired on 30th August 2017
  • Registered for use on UK roads in June of 2017
  • V5C suggests one UK owner before the vendor
  • There is a small pile of paperwork with this camper, mainly the V5, first registration and importation documents
  • There is also an invoice from AH Schofield that shows some small works carried out just before it was registered for UK use
  • The interior has apparently had some recent work


The Interior


  • Bespoke interior
  • Leisure battery set-up
  • Trimmed with hessian sacks

The interior of this Volkswagen is certainly distinctive, making use of hessian sack material to cover the dashboard and door cards. In keeping with this rustic aesthetic, there are now wooden floor boards and canes which line the roof.

The cabinets all appear to be modern, high quality items and feature a thick wooden work top. There is a copper basin set into one of the units and there are cupboard doors in the front of them. Everything appears to be in good condition and we think it would be a great layout for holiday making.

The black vinyl seats appear to be in good order and a ribbed rubber mat lies in the front footwells.


The Exterior 


  • Individual paint finish 
  • Sought after Split-Screen variant
  • Early rear engine hatch and ‘creased’ roof

Out of all of the campervans to come out of the VW factory, it is the Split-Screen Type 2 that has endured as one of the most loved and sought after vans on the market today. Be in no doubt that wherever you camp or display this vehicle you will always get a few admiring looks. 

This Split-Screen is presented in a very individual paint scheme, the distressed exterior look matches the rustic interior very well indeed. These looks are further enhanced by the shiny hubcaps, two of which are slightly shinier than the others and there are a few dents but this doesn’t detract from its overall appearance. 

The good news continues under the vehicle too, having a look at the underside pictures present it seems that the chassis and other areas are nice and solid. It appears as if it has also been undersealed at some point. 

Much of the exterior trim, such as the door handles, mirrors, and badges are also presented well too. It looks as if these are all in the correct place with no missing pieces.

Intriguingly, this example features a one-piece engine lid at the rear, something that was phased out on German Type 2s in 1955, a decade before this one was built. While similar anomalies have been found to exist in Brazilian production, which evolved differently to that of Germany, this is a mystery that is yet to be solved. So too, you will note that the roof does not feature the front overhang of 60s T2s, instead featuring the ‘creased’ aerodynamic shape of the earliest Volkswagens. The result is a van which has the aesthetic of the really early examples, which we think is awesome.

While the rear bumper is missing, the front is of the style of the ‘50s vans and really looks the part. It also has the outward facing louvered vents, featuring 10 a side, and also sports the rear quarter windows.



The Mechanics 


  • Low miles completed since arriving in the UK
  • Flat-four air cooled engine
  • Runs and drives

As this Volkswagen spent a lot of time in Brazil, it is hard to say what work has or has not been completed throughout its life.

It is more than likely that some work was carried out to the mechanical elements when the camper was turned into what we have before us today. For instance, there appear to be some new shiny parts on the underside.

Since this Volkswagen was acquired through a repossession, the current owner taking ownership through a property purchase, we are unsure of its mechanical condition besides the fact that it starts, runs and drives. 

With such a huge VW community all over Europe, you should have no issue finding a forum or mechanic who knows about these. 



Summary


With a distinctive exterior and unique interior details, this Split-Screen camper has great potential to either be used as is, or be seen as a blank canvas upon which the next owner could make their mark.

With some intriguing details, most likely relating to the fact this van came from Brazil, this is an intriguing example, the history of which would be fascinating to investigate further.


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Vehicle specification
  • Year 1965
  • Make Volkswagen
  • Model Splitscreen Camper LHD
  • Colour Green
  • Odometer 20,677 Kilometres
  • Engine size 1400
  • Town Nottingham
Auction Details
  • Seller Type Private
  • Location Nottinghamshire
  • Country United Kingdom
Bidding history
44 bids
  • greghal•••• £19,500 27/09/22
  • richard•••• £19,000 27/09/22
  • greghal•••• £18,750 27/09/22
  • richard•••• £18,500 27/09/22
  • greghal•••• £18,000 27/09/22
  • richard•••• £17,750 27/09/22
  • greghal•••• £17,250 27/09/22
  • richard•••• £17,000 27/09/22
  • greghal•••• £16,750 27/09/22
  • richard•••• £16,500 27/09/22

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