1978 Volkswagen T2 Silverfish Bay Window Campervan LHD


  • 1 of 1600 built for the German market 
  • Rare variant of the Iconic Bay Window
  • Restored in 2010
  • Campervan conversion


An image of freedom, adventure and the open road, the Volkswagen T platform has built an incredible legacy and become more than just an automotive icon.

Highly sought-after, with the early T1 and T2 models being the most desirable, the T platform has become the number one choice for those looking for small-to-medium-sized motorhomes. This association with the campervan life has concreted the recognisable classics as the postcard vehicles for the campervan and as such appeal to enthusiasts, collectors and families that are looking to join what has now become a cult following.

This T2 Bay Window offers a vintage, compact camping solution, with everything from a comfortable fold-out bed to a wine rack and coffee machine. Extensively restored over the course of a year in 2010, which included a bare metal respray to the unique metallic Silverfish silver, this Bay has been the provider of many adventures, near and far. In current ownership since 2010, the beautiful Bay has experienced the British coastline, Scottish highlands and idyllic Italy and has been comprehensively maintained, including a replacement engine and gearbox, upgraded stainless steel exhaust and adjustment to the sliding steel roof system.

Presented in very good condition with a few minor blemishes, this Silverfish is one of the rarest variants of Volkswagens Bay Window, with very few examples of the original 1600 made for the German market believed to be left. Accompanied by folders of paperwork, 3 metre-squared gazebo and a two-part chrome-plated, oak slat roof rack.


  • Year of manufacture 1978
  • 1 of 1600 limited edition Silverfish models
  • Originally Germany registered as a luxury minibus
  • Imported to the UK in 1992
  • 6 previous UK owners
  • Current ownership since 2010
  • Extensively restored and converted into a campervan in 2010 by Phoenix Coachworks
  • Speedometer replaced at 170,863 miles
  • Extensively maintained with local specialist
  • Replacement, refurbished 2,000cc Twin Cam engine fitted in 2016
  • Replacement, refurbished gearbox fitted 2017
  • Numerous invoices present for general servicing & maintenance
  • Receipts for parts and bodywork
  • Itemised breakdown of  2010-2011 restoration


  • Good condition with small signs of use
  • Campervan conversion
  • Front seats upholstery retrimmed to Newton Commercial blue leather and in good condition
  • Oak furniture
  • Front passenger swivel and recline seat
  • Full width rock & roll bed (1.9m x 1.45m)
  • Leisure battery
  • 240v Electrics
  • Polco 500w inverter
  • Frigidaire 240v fridge
  • Nespresso coffee machine (mains operation only)
  • Brightspark single ring Butane cooker
  • SMEV Sink with 12L Freshwater belly tank under driver's seat
  • Whale hand pump/filter
  • A small safe located to the rear
  • A second ignition lock is located in the rear
  • Oak table which can be stored in the roof above the bed
  • Roof-mounted LED Lights
  • Rear storage nets
  • Seaside striped curtains
  • Alpine radio and cd player, with 2 speakers located in the front and two in the front face of the bed
  • USB/12v charging ports
  • Smiths electronic speedometer
  • Clock based on Pakistani Air Force Altimeter
  • Oak gearknob
  • Noise Killer sound deadening lined throughout the vehicle


  • Attractive classic camper
  • Tasteful and kept original
  • Presented very well
  • Small age-related blemishes
  • Bare metal restoration in 2010
  • 7 coats of primer, 4 coats of diamond silver, 4 coats of lacquer
  • Stainless steel bumpers
  • Stainless steel headlight surrounds
  • Stainless steel hubcaps
  • Stainless steel exhaust
  • Single aluminium side step
  • Sliding steel roof, with renewed cables -  Two-part chrome-plated, oak slat roof rack.
  • Scratch to the roof
  • Rear glass panel scratched
  • Small paint blemishes to the driver's door
  • Light patina around the vehicle
  • Underside regularly waxoyled
  • Garage stored


  • 2,000cc Air-cooled Flat-four
  • Refurbished engine fitted in July 2016
  • Twin-Carbs specialist tuned
  • Electronic ignition
  • Manual transmission
  • Refurbished gearbox fitted 2017
  • Comprehensively maintained with numerous receipts to support
  • Blazecut T3 automatic fire extinguisher
  • CTEK battery charger
  • 240v mains hookup
  • Reported to start easily & perform well
  • Driven and enjoyed for long and short journeys over a 13-year period


A rare Bay Window that has been meticulously maintained and cared for. Used over a 13 year period for long and short camping trips both domestically and in Europe, this Silverfish has been an incredible companion and the memories created will never be forgotten.

It is regrettably being sold but its time on the open road is not over yet and thanks to its cherished ownership it offers immediate enjoyment and many, many years of freedom searching fun.

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Vehicle specification
  • Year 1978
  • Make Volkswagen
  • Model Type 2
  • Colour Silver
  • Odometer 7,972 Miles
  • Engine size 2000
Auction Details
  • Seller Type Private
  • Town Plymouth
  • Location Devon
  • Country United Kingdom
Bidding history
36 bids
  • ly•••• £13,500 27/09/23
  • ad•••• £13,000 25/09/23
  • ly•••• £12,000 25/09/23
  • ad•••• £11,000 25/09/23
  • ly•••• £10,500 25/09/23
  • ad•••• £10,000 25/09/23
  • ly•••• £9,750 25/09/23
  • br•••• £9,600 25/09/23
  • ly•••• £9,500 25/09/23
  • ad•••• £9,250 25/09/23

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