1975 Volkswagen Type 2 Baywindow Campervan

Highlights

  • Four-berth camper – Australian SOPRU conversion
  • Four three-point seatbelts and lap belt
  • Over £4k recently spent
  • New clutch, twin Webers and improved gear shift

The Appeal

 
There are always a few Volkswagen Type 2 camper vans to choose from on the market, but ‘Bruce’ is a little bit different.

Manufactured in 1975, he’s an Australian- manufactured bay window model, shipped out as a CKD kit and assembled in Clayton, Victoria, before being converted into a camper by Sopru – a well-known Australian camper conversion – in 1976.

Bruce left his homeland in 2016 and came to the UK to join a camper van rental fleet, where his current owners first met him. They enjoyed Bruce that much that they bought him from the rental company and have since enjoyed several family holidays and classic vehicle events with their Australian family member.

But time marches on, and now Bruce’s family has outgrown him, so it’s time for another crew to come along and make some memories. Whoever does will be glad they did, because they’ll be getting a brilliant little van – cleverly laid-out, more spacious than it appears and properly geared for family use including proper three-point rear seatbelts.

Mechanically and structurally, the van is spot-on and ready to enjoy, and the colour scheme is brilliantly Seventies.

It’s is a fantastic opportunity to buy a timeless, depreciation-proof classic that’s the perfect companion for family holidays, or for getting involved in the bustling classic air-cooled VW scene - an iconic vehicle in wonderful condition throughout.



The History and Paperwork

  • 1975 van purchased by vendor in 2018
  • Imported from Australia in 2016
  • Sopru conversion – four-berth
  • UK V5C
  • MOT, tax and ULEZ exempt
  • Replacement 2.0-litre engine installed at some point
  • All old UK MOTs 
  • Current advisory-free MOT valid until September 2024 despite being exempt
  • Odometer reading changed to miles in 2018
  • VW Heritage Certificate showing the van was exported to Australia in kit form in 1975 as a light grey Kombi
  • Coverted by Sopru in the former Nissan factory in Clayton, Vic, in 1975 and painted in Kalahari Tan – a Nissan Australia colour
  • Selection of bills and invoices from current ownership totalling over £7,000, with respected air-cooled specialists such as Way Out Westie and Type 2 Detectives, including invoices for Weber carb upgrades, a replacement clutch and upgraded short-throw gearbox



The Condition

  • Very smart-looking van in unusual colour, with oh-so-Seventies go-faster stripes
  • Some minor areas of bodywork now have minor rust blisters and very small marks which will benefit from attention sooner rather than later (see photos) but still presents brilliantly overall, with a great paint finish and deep shine
  • Original steel wheels with relatively fresh tyres
  • Looks superb underneath with no signs of any welding required in the future, recently rust-proofed for further protection
  • Cab steps and corners in good, solid condition
  • Pop-up roof
  • Four-berth
  • Van Wurks Sink and gas hob
  • Fire extinguisher
  • 12v lighting
  • UK-compatible mains hook-up with three-pin sockets
  • Propex heater
  • Rock-and-roll bed with upper pop-up roof bed (ideal for children) – retrimmed in tan leatherette
  • High-back front seats retrimmed to match
  • Modern Alpine Bluetooth stereo with USB input and Pioneer speakers front and rear
  • Chrome three-spoke steering wheel with kangaroo centre boss
  • Designer "Cirkelblomma" curtains from Hus and Hem – double-sided, so the fabric is visible from outside and in, with complementing tie backs and incorporated blackout lining
  • Lovely order inside – clean, well-kept and comfortable
  • Two three-point rear belts and one lap belt



The Mechanics

  • Replacement 2000cc air-cooled engine fitted in Australia
  • Twin Weber carb conversion
  • Recent new clutch
  • VW Heritage short-shift gearbox conversion
  • Brakes overhauled with new calliper pistons
  • New Pertronix distributor
  • New leisure battery
  • Impeccably maintained by current owners with over £7k of invoices since 2018
  • All work done by regarded air-cooled VW specialists
  • According to the vendor the van drives very well indeed and is quite lively thanks to the twin Weber upgrade and short-shift gearbox


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Vehicle specification
  • Year 1975
  • Make Volkswagen
  • Model Type 2
  • Colour Dark red
  • Odometer 64,038 Miles
  • Engine size 2000
Auction Details
  • Seller Type Private
  • Town Haslingfield
  • Location Cambridgeshire
  • Country United Kingdom
Bidding history
39 bids
  • jo•••• £16,500 18/06/24
  • MC•••• £16,250 18/06/24
  • MC•••• £16,000 18/06/24
  • jo•••• £15,750 18/06/24
  • jo•••• £15,500 18/06/24
  • MC•••• £15,250 18/06/24
  • MC•••• £15,000 18/06/24
  • jo•••• £14,750 18/06/24
  • MC•••• £14,500 18/06/24
  • tr•••• £14,250 18/06/24
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