1978 Volkswagen Bay Window


• Fantastic Condition
• Number 12 of only 100 in the UK
• Winning Show Car

The Background

The history of the VW Campervan dates back to 1950 when the concept of the VW Transporter was conceived. It was later identified as the perfect vehicle to convert into a camper van. Over 6 generations the transporter has developed to incorporate more streamlined bodywork, more efficient engines and greater comfort inside. However, the original campervans still have a passionate and dedicated following and a whole culture has built up around people’s love for these classic campers.

Following the success of the T1, Volkswagen introduced the T2 Transporter (more commonly known as the ‘Bay Window’ or ‘Bay’) to the public in 1967. The T2 saw the disappearance of the T1’s split windshield and the vehicle was also noticeably larger and heavier than the previous Transporter.
Some of the upgrades included a larger engine, 12 volts battery/electrical system and half-shaft axle rear suspension. 

Other modifications included the 90° front doors, front brake discs, new wheels with brake ventilation, placing of the front indicators and the addition of side bars which could be used as a step for getting in and out of the van.

The Volkswagen T2 was built in Germany until 1979, with Mexico carrying on the production up until 1994.

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The History 

The current owner imported this Camper from Lebanon in 2016, following in their families footsteps, who also had owned numerous Campers over the years. The van went through a restoration before it was registered in the UK, so the V5 states that the registration date is 2019.

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The Paperwork 

The Camper comes with service history information from Lebanon, but is a little unclear to read. It does come with the V5 from the DVLA to prove that it is correctly registered, as well as a Volkswagen Vehicle Age Certification from the Historic Volkswagen Club confirming the age of the vehicle.

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The Interior 

Inside the cockpit to find really nice, comfortable cream leather seats, and a typical 1970’s basic dashboard, The steering wheel column could do with a little bit of tidying up – but again, remember this van is 40+ years old! Into the back of the camper and during the mini restoration in 2016 the owner had the floor laminated, headliner added and the door cards.

There is a double leather seat that folds nicely down into a Rock and roll bed, and a couple of nice little cabinets for storage including a fridge, as well as a spare wheel. There is, as you would expect, a good amount of room in the back as the seats also fold forward, flat and also slide forward/backward, which is a lovely touch and is always handy if you are transporting anything. All in all it really Is a nice place to be.

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The Exterior 

The Camper was painted in the two-tone Orange and white that you see today, but originally the van was actually yellow. It was painted in 2016 during the mini-restoration. The colour really suits the camper and it does stand out in a good way. There are a few issues with the bodywork, as you can see from the photographs.

However, we are told that there is no welding needed on it. It mainly is cracked paintwork. Generally the camper needs a bit of tlc on the bodywork, which would make a lovely project for someone. The side door did stick a little when trying to open it, initially. However, a lovely touch is the fact that it is the original windscreen.

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The Mechanics 

The first thing to point out is that, apparently the carburettor needs retuning. The indicator is temperamental and the speedo or the fuel gauge doesn’t work. Some recent work that has been completed was the front callipers, discs, rear ns drum cylinder and shoes and the brake lines as well as the master cylinder has been changed. There wasn’t any visible leaks or smoke while the engine was running or when the owner was moving the camper.

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The Appeal 

This is a fantastic opportunity to own a charismatic camper. Even during the photography, on numerous occasions, people came up to talk to, or make a comment on the campervan. These are legendary and although this one requires a bit of work, but nothing (as it appears) will require a lot of work. It seems more cosmetic more than anything else, and would make a fantastic little project for someone with the knowledge.

Lets not forget that this camper is over 40 years old – of course its showing its age! In the right hands, this could turn even more heads in the future, and it deserves it. It’s a brilliant opportunity to bring something back to the life it deserves!

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Vehicle specification
  • Year 1978
  • Make Volkswagen
  • Model Bay Window
  • Colour Orange and White
  • Odometer 39,800 Miles
  • Engine size 1600
  • Location Somerset
  • Country United Kingdom
Bidding history
5 bids from 4 bidders
  • victors•••• £6,800 07/12/21
  • 427kmsl•••• £6,700 07/12/21
  • victors•••• £6,500 06/12/21
  • benjami•••• £6,200 06/12/21
  • rolf-mo•••• £5,800 30/11/21

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