Here we have a lesser-seen variant of the legendary Type 2 Volkswagen. One of 250 vans commissioned for Swiss Post, this van was refitted with a modern camper interior by the current owner who has also restored the bodywork and mechanicals. It has a much higher roof than conventional Volkswagen vans, making them ideal for camper conversions.
This 1972 example has been used regularly on camping trips for a number of years. Equipped with sleeping arrangements for 2 and all the basic amenities you could wish for, this camper is ready to set off on its next adventure.
The vendor acquired the vehicle in 2002 from a travelling Swiss carpenter. Restoration work commenced shortly after to the bodywork, interior and laterly the engine and was carried out by the vendor and their father. Since then, it has been judiciously maintained since restoration and used regularly. The van currently resides in Ireland and is supplied with a Heritage certificate from Volkswagen, confirming its authenticity and factory specification.
Befitting of its Swiss Post origins, this Type 2 is finished in an attractive combination of white over yellow and appears in very good condition.
This Volkswagens straight bodywork and smart paint indicates that it has been very well restored. The seller informs us that work on the body began 17-18 years ago and an effort has been made to ensure it remains in fine shape ever since. Looking down the sides, this van appears exceedingly straight with good panel fit and door shuts.
The tall roof has been finished in white to a high standard and the same can be said of the lower bodywork which is finished in a pleasing shade of yellow. While there is a small quantity of paint bubbling visible in places, the paint finish is very fine overall.
Underneath, everything looks to be in good order and the owner informs us that corrosion has been kept at bay. It sits upon standard Volkswagen steel wheels and we understand that the tyres have ample tread remaining. The brightwork including the headlight rings, mirrors and hubcaps shines brightly and the owner does not report any damage or severe pitting.
The van also features a discrete clip detachable bike rack which is great to have on camping expeditions and also comes equipped with a retractable awning canopy.
What we particularly like about this van is how it retains a very original appearance on the outside and in the front of the cabin, while incorporating tasteful modern living quarters in the rear. Up front, the original dashboard is spartan as it should be and cleverly incorporates a modern stereo, disguised as a period item. We are informed that it and all of the instrumentation and switchgear operate exactly as they should.
Commensurate with its utilitarian origins, the van retains rubber matting on the floor and features period textured vinyl front seats which look to be in excellent condition. The door cards match the seats and also appear to be very smart.
Stepping aft through the full height walk-through bulkhead (complete with internal windows), the living quarters are as light and as airy as you could hope to find in a Type 2 thanks to the tall roof.. Unlike Volkswagen conversions which rely on canvas elevating roofs, this van has ample headroom all of the time and elevates the challenge of maintaining the fragile canvas. It has been equipped with some really smart modern cabinetry which is in really fine shape and makes this a lovely vehicle to use. The rear seating is upholstered in white and yellow which perfectly complements the exterior colours and has clearly been completed to a good standard.
The seller informs us that this van comfortably sleeps 2 and has ample storage besides. It comes equipped with all the appliances you would need for camping holidays including a toilet, sink and 2 hob gas cooker. It also has a petrol night heater fitted which apparently works well.
The owner informs us that this Type 2 starts, runs and drives exactly as it should and benefits from having had its 1600cc engine removed and rebuilt 3 years ago.
Similarly to all of the other restoration work the engine rebuild was completed by the owner and included tripping everything down and replacing worn components such as the piston rings. It now pulls well through all 4 gears and comes to a stop in a timely fashion.
Inside the engine compartment, all appears to be in order and the van retains its Solex carburettor and oil bath air filter.