1978 Volkswagen T2 Westfalia Camper


  • Highly original example of the iconic camper
  • Period interior that’s believed to be factory-original
  • Sizeable history file

The Appeal

If you were to think of an iconic van, it’s almost certain that the T2 is the first thing that comes to mind. Whether you know it as a surf bus or a hippy wagon, they’ve become synonymous with the free-spirited lifestyle. 
This example, built in 1978, is exemplary, with a period interior and a beguiling colour scheme all offering a simply top-notch, characterful bus that’s ready to hit the road with its new owner.

The History and Paperwork

  • Built in 1978
  • The DVLA records 7 previous owners
  • In current ownership since April 2023
  • Originally painted in green - resprayed to Orange in 2023
  • This is believed to be genuine, though we can’t verify this
  • MOT exempt, and last tested in 2009
  • Paperwork file includes:
    • V5c document
    • Fuel consumption record from 1992 to 1994
    • AA handbook
    • Original instruction manuals
    • Printed itinerary for some welding work
    • Some old MOT certificates
    • Engine diagrams
    • A stack of older invoices

The Condition

  • Nicely presented with a good, tight panel fit
  • Some light signs of wear, with the odd chip or scratch
  • Sat atop colour-matched wheels
  • These are shod in Avon tyres
  • Light signs of wear to the sills
  • Solid looking underside with no meaningful corrosion
  • Very light areas of welding, as catalogued in the paperwork
  • Nicely-kept driver’s cabin with brown textured upholstery
  • Dashboard in good order and very original
  • Kenwood music player has been installed
  • We’re not aware of any electrical issues
  • Original twin over head hammocks 
  • Rear overhead storage cupboard and a stainless steel sink
  • Living area is distinctively 70s and utterly charming
  • Living cabin specification includes:
    • Laminate table
    • Fellows fold-out hob with stainless hood
    • Woodgrain storage areas
    • Yellow and brown checked rock ‘n’ roller bed
    • Blue and white tile pattern flooring
  • Everything looks clean and well-kept with age-commensurate patina
  • No signs of water ingress from the pop-top
  • New window seals
  • We’ve no reports of issues with the living area equipment

The Mechanics

  • 1584cc B4 powerplant
  • 4-speed manual transmission
  • Engine bay looks in very good order
  • EMPI exhaust
  • We’ve not been informed of any mechanical issues
  • The vendor reports that it’s driving ‘perfectly’
  • Ultimately, this appears to be a solid, well-kept example of the iconic bus
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Vehicle specification
  • Year 1978
  • Make Volkswagen
  • Model Type 2
  • Colour Orange
  • Odometer 94,485 Miles
  • Engine size 1584
Auction Details
  • Seller Type Trade
  • Town Sheffield
  • Location Yorkshire
  • Country United Kingdom
Bidding history
3 bids
  • ir•••• £9,500 30/11/23
  • ka•••• £9,000 29/11/23
  • Du•••• £8,005 23/11/23
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