1968 Volkswagen Bay Window Camper

***Images supplied by vendor***

Highlights


  • Early bay window with Deluxe trims, early Westfalia ‘turret’ top and Campmobile interior
  • Very good condition inside and out
  • Recent expenditure apparently amounting to around £4,000


The Appeal


Few vehicles embody the spirit of adventure so readily as a Type 2 Volkswagen campervan. 

This 1968 Westfalia is a fine example of an early Bay Window conversion and now has a few tasteful cosmetic additions which lend it an awesome retro look and feel.

Having recently been given a clean bill of health by a VW specialist in Cambridge, the vendor informs us that this example recently underwent around £4,000 worth of documented work. 

As a left-hand drive import with a Campmobile interior and side-mounted reflectors, we suspect this Volkswagen was originally supplied to the United States and, given the condition of the bodywork, has likely lived somewhere dry for most of its life.

If you’re looking for a retro campervan that is ready to be used and enjoyed, then look no further as this charming Type 2 can’t help but make you feel nostalgic.

The History and Paperwork


  • Imported and first UK registered on 5th October 2010
  • History folder detailing work carried out over the years
  • c.£4,000 recently spent to keep this van in fine fettle
  • Recent retrimming work by the vendor
  • MOT expired in July 2021
  • Historic road tax / MOT status

The Interior


  • Westfalia Campmobile conversion
  • ‘Turret’ raising roof
  • Reupholstered seats and front carpeting

Upon opening that big sliding door, the sight you are presented with instantly transports you back to the late 1960s. 
 
Featuring a Campmobile interior, this Westfalia is brimming with nostalgic appointments and we’re pleased to report that those lovely cabinets appear to be in very good order. We are unsure as to whether the appliances have been tested although all appear to be complete and well cared for.

The chequerboard floor looks great and really suits the character of the van. We are informed that the seats have recently been reupholstered and consequently look really smart. The vendor also tells us that the carpeting in the front of the van has been replaced during their ownership.

We notice that this example benefits from the small ‘turret’ raising roof usually found on Westfalia Split Screen Volkswagens. Being a very early Bay Window, there remains a possibility that this was a carryover from earlier conversions although neither we nor the vendor is able to confirm this. 

Either way, it looks great when raised, the yellow canvas material being in very good condition as far as we could discern.

Up front, this Volkswagen features the black covered dashboard and some additional gauges for oil temperature, pressure and battery voltage. The door cards are not original items, but look to be in very good condition, and their colour matches the upholstery. 

Throughout the van, the headlining looks really good and is well supported. The textured vinyl front seats also look very smart and are in keeping with the VW’s retro look and feel.

The Exterior 


  • Deluxe trim
  • Roof rack
  • Retro decals
 
The exterior colour of this Volkswagen looks to us like Kansas Beige. 

The vendor is unsure of the original colour, although the current hue certainly suits it. We particularly enjoy the retro-inspired decals sunning around the upper portion of this van’s exterior. 

They really help to break up the T2’s inherent slab-sidedness and give the overall impression of a Matchbox toy that has been scaled up on a photocopier. 
 
Dyed in the wool Volkswagen enthusiasts will also observe this T2 is fitted with the desirable deluxe trims, meaning a thicker chrome finisher strip below the window line and there is also a chrome insert in the windscreen rubber. 

All the exterior brightwork is apparently in good condition, this example retaining the painted VW emblem which is correct for this model and often swapped out for a chrome item by many owners. 

The painted hubcaps are a slight deviation from standard and emulate VW’s commercial models. Again, we think these add to the vehicle’s toy-like fun appearance.
 
The bodywork looks to be remarkably straight, with no discernable rippling down the sides. The vendor points out a small blemish near the aforementioned front emblem and a few other minor marks around the vehicle. 

The MOT history would suggest that a little remedial bodywork was required some years ago to rectify corrosion behind the front bumper. Otherwise, we understand that corrosion is not an issue on this T2 and a glance underneath would seem to corroborate this.
 
To accompany that ‘turret’ top, there is also a period roof rack which provides useful storage space as well as looking really cool. 

The vendor informs us that the tyres are in good order with ample tread remaining.

The Mechanics 


  • 1600cc single port engine
  • Alternator now fitted
  • Original oil bath air filter

Inside the engine compartment, everything seems to be clean and tidy. 

Unusually, given the propensity to modify Volkswagen engines, this T2’s 1600cc single port engine looks to be quite original, with a Solex carburettor and correct oil bath air filter. 

The dynamo has been substituted for an alternator at some point which is a sensible option.

We are informed that the van starts, runs and drives well, with no untoward noises, smoke or leaks to report.

Summary


Finished with some choice ‘60s-style appointments and presented in very good overall condition, this Type 2 Volkswagen should definitely be on your wish list if you fancy a groovy retro-inspired campervan.
 
The largely original Campmobile interior and engine setup are unusual to see these days, making this early Bay Window quite a rare specimen. 

With quite a lot of recent expenditure, this van is apparently ready to use and we’re sure its next owners will really enjoy making memories with it.


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Vehicle specification
  • Year 1968
  • Make Volkswagen
  • Model Bay Window Camper
  • Colour Beige and White
  • Odometer 41,482 Miles
  • Engine size 1600
  • Town Lingfield
Auction Details
  • Seller Type Private
  • Location Surrey
  • Country United Kingdom
Bidding history
16 bids
  • VW•••• £17,750 23/09/22
  • ro•••• £17,500 23/09/22
  • VW•••• £17,250 23/09/22
  • ro•••• £17,000 23/09/22
  • VW•••• £16,750 23/09/22
  • ro•••• £16,500 23/09/22
  • VW•••• £16,250 23/09/22
  • sa•••• £16,000 22/09/22
  • RC•••• £15,750 17/09/22
  • ma•••• £15,500 17/09/22

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