1966 Volkswagen Type 1 Split Screen 21-Window Samba


  • Microbus Samba 21 original windows made in Germany
  • Subject of a complete body restoration carried out in the UK
  • Equipped with a 2,000 cm³ carburettor-driven boxer engine with twin throttle bodies
  • Equipped with air conditioning and LED lights
  • Particularly versatile interior layout with seating in three rows, with the last two converting into a double bed

The Appeal

Although the Volkswagen Type 2 was used for a wide range of purposes and offered in numerous body variants to suit all needs, today's collectors particularly seek out those built for leisure rather than business purposes. The most desired ones are the so-called 'Samba' - Microbuses factory-equipped with additional windows, pivoting side doors and a canvas sunroof.

This 1966 '21-window' Samba was sold new in Germany and received a complete restoration after being imported to the UK in 2004. It also received some improvements, including a 2,000 cm³ carburettor engine, air conditioning, Bluetooth audio system and LED lighting. In addition, the rear rows of seats convert into a bed, allowing the van to be used as a camper van if desired.

Now in Italy, this Volkswagen retains its British registration. For fans of air-cooled Volkswagens, it certainly represents an unmissable opportunity.

The History and Paperwork

  • Left-hand drive
  • Produced in Germany for the domestic market
  • First registered in 1966
  • Imported in 2004 to the UK, where it was registered
  • Expertly restored and improved by brand specialists in the UK
  • Retains its UK registration (which it obtained in 2004 when it was imported)

The Condition

  • Two-tone colour scheme of the period - the classic 'Split Screen' model scheme
  • Short roof rack with wooden slats mounted behind the sunroof
  • Original steel wheels with chrome wheel covers
  • Restored solid-looking bodywork with attractive paintwork
  • Canvas roof in good condition
  • Three rows of seats each seating three passengers
  • Last two rows of seats convert into a bed
  • Aftermarket oil pressure gauge, rev counter and oil thermometer
  • Kenwood DIN stereo
  • CSP gear lever
  • No visible wear on seats, headlining and floor mats
  • Bluetooth audio system
  • Air conditioning
  • LED lights

This Samba presents itself excellently inside and out thanks to a complete restoration. The bodywork looks very correct and solid and the two-tone paintwork appears to be of a very high standard indeed. The same goes for the interior, which now incorporates numerous improvements including a Bluetooth audio system with a modern DIN car radio, air conditioning, LED lighting, auxiliary instruments and an aftermarket gear lever.

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The Mechanics

  • 2,000 cm³ air-cooled four-cylinder boxer engine with carburettors via two individual throttle bodies
  • Four-speed manual gearbox
  • The seller informs us that a specialist in Italy has recently made mechanical improvements
  • Very well presented engine compartment
  • There is an auxiliary heating system for when the car is stationary in camp.
We have been informed that, thanks to the quality mechanical improvements it has received, this van is extremely usable on today's roads. Its 2,000 cm³ engine offers excellent performance and the seller reports that it runs very well and is very pleasant to drive.

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Auction Details
  • Year 1966
  • Make Volkswagen
  • Model T1
  • Colour Multicolour
  • Mileage 56,604 Kilometres
  • Engine size 2000
  • Seller Type Trade
  • Town Padova
  • Country Italy
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