1971 Volkswagen Type 2 Bay Window Westfalia Camper Conversion

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  • Original Westfalia interior restored
  • Bare metal respray carried out to the bodywork
  • Desirable 2.0-litre ‘pancake’ engine rebuilt and running well

The Appeal

Modern vehicles cocoon you from your surroundings and while that’s great on your daily commute, holidays are all about immersing yourself in the world around you. Providing a more sedate pace of motoring and a place to stay, a camper converted Volkswagen Type 2 is the ultimate form of road trip transportation.

This 1971 Westfalia converted Bay Window is a particularly fine example. Uprated with the desirable 2.0-litre ‘pancake’ engine and restored to an exemplary standard, it’s ready for the open road having recently passed a South African Certification of Roadworthiness (CRW). Impeccably presented inside and out, with its original Westfalia cabinetry complete and well preserved, this is one you'll want to keep an eye on.

The History and Paperwork

  • Right-hand drive
  • Previously in single family ownership for around twenty years
  • Stood unused for some years before the vendor acquired it seven years ago and commenced the restoration
  • South African registration documents present
  • Recent CRW pass dated 18/08/23
  • The odometer currently reads 47,831 kilometres, although we’re advised it has likely been ‘around the clock’
  • Westfalia serial plate still in place and legible
  • The vendor is willing to assist shipping the van to the UK at cost to the buyer should a bidder in Britain win the auction

The Interior

  • Period Westfalia camper conversion
  • Yellow and white vinyl upholstery retrimmed
  • Original Westfalia cabinetry preserved and still in great condition
  • Retains all its original Westfalia camping amenities
  • The original material can still be found under the new vinyl covers of the rock ‘n’ roll bed
  • Smart and practical black carpeting
  • Up front, all remains true to factory specifications with no modifications to the dashboard
  • We understand all the camping equipment to be in full working order
  • Dometic fridge
  • The headlining presents well throughout
  • Barely any wear to the soft furnishings whatsoever 
  • The Westfalia elevating roof is complete with its bunk beds

The Exterior 

  • The vendor has performed a full bare metal respray
  • Resplendent in two-tone yellow and white paintwork
  • Elevating roof fabric renewed and in fantastic condition
  • No notable finish blemishes or any evidence of corrosion so far as we could see
  • Very straight bodywork
  • We’re assured that the underside is in fine order
  • Benefits from the dry South African climate
  • Original steel wheels complete with chromed hubcaps
  • Painted bumpers fore and aft both in great restored condition
  • All trim and badging presents well
  • Side vent window in good working order

The Mechanics 

  • 2.0-litre ‘pancake’ engine fitted by the previous owners as they used the van to tow their boat
  • Previously fitted with an 1.8-litre engine
  • The engine was promptly removed once the vendor acquired the van, and it was rebuilt
  • Four-speed manual gearbox
  • Said to be running and driving very well indeed
  • Well presented, clean engine compartment


This supremely well presented Type 2 is without doubt one of the best right-hand drive Westfalias you’ll find. Benefitting from a life in the dry climate of South Africa followed by a thorough restoration, it’s ready to be enjoyed.


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Vehicle specification
  • Year 1971
  • Make Volkswagen
  • Model Type 2
  • Colour Multicolour
  • Odometer 47,831 Kilometres
  • Engine size 2000
Auction Details
  • Seller Type Private
  • Town Cape Town
  • Country South Africa

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