1978 Volkswagen Type 2 Camper


  • Rare left-hand drive example
  • Spent its entire life in California until 2021
  • In current ownership for 14 years
  • Comprehensive service history since July 2012

The Appeal

Practically the definition of a pop-culture vehicle, the Volkswagen Type 2 is a legendary component of free-spirited camping culture. The 'hippie wagon' is now synonymous with the beach and summer leisure, to such an extent that all manner of ornaments, paintings and prints still festoon the high street.

With that status in mind, it's little wonder that they're amongst the most enduring, popular classics on the market. After all, who doesn't want freedom and leisure at their finger tips?

This 1978 example, nicknamed 'Elsa' by its family, is a lovely one. Classic, retro beige-yellow combines nicely with its plaid beige interior, creating a highly evocative style that's still very true to factory. Having spent much of its life in the sunny, American west, this van is a dry, nicely kept example that's highly benefited from its comfortable, meticulously maintained lifestyle.

History and Paperwork

  • Registered in 1978
  • In current ownership for 14 years
  • Bought in July 2012 in San Diego, California, USA
  • Spent its entire life travelling the west coast of America until August 2021
  • After this, it arrived on British soil - while remaining in the same ownership
  • Always garaged since 2012
  • Reportedly carries a comprehensive service history from July 2012 onwards
  • MOT exempt, last tested in 2021
  • Currently indicates 77,031 miles on a five-figure odometer

The Condition

  • Attractive beige-yellow paintwork with white accents
  • Bodywork presents well, with just a few paint chips
  • Some marks and wear to the contrast roof and bumpers
  • Light signs of texturing towards the van's lower extremities 
  • The undercarriage appears free from notable defects, with some light corrosion
  • The plaid upholstery is in fine condition with no rips or tears
  • Dashboard is in good order
  • Highly original period interior
  • Some wear to the laminate woodwork
  • Light marks to the carpet
  • Pop-top in good order
  • Some creasing to the door cards

The Mechanics

  • 1,930cc Flat 4 engine
  • Manual transmission with 5 gears
  • Brakes are fairly new
  • Engine bay in good order
  • The vendor reports that the van always starts up on the first turn of the key
  • They also note it drives well with no 'wander' and responsive controls

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Auction Details
  • Year 1978
  • Make Volkswagen
  • Model Type 2
  • Colour Yellow
  • Mileage 77,031 Miles
  • Engine size 1930
  • Seller Type Private
  • Town Littlehampton
  • County Sussex
  • Country United Kingdom
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