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1978 Volkswagen Bay Window Type 2

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  • Extensively recommissioned late model bay window Camper
  • New engine recently fitted
  • Resprayed in 2021
  • Impressively well presented throughout

The Appeal

The ultimate tool for adventure. Simple, fun, endlessly cool. Could it be anything other than a classic Volkswagen van? Seen by many throughout the world as a sign of freedom and love, these incredibly versatile automotive icons have seen untold popularity throughout the years and proudly command cult classic status to this day.
A massive redesign of its split screen forebear, the second generation T2, affectionately known as the “bay window”, most recognisable in its campervan form was greatly improved from a driveability point of view whilst still retaining the charming, fun style that made the original so popular.
This 1978 late model bay window is a wonderful example of the revered model, extensively refurbished throughout its long tenure with its current owner, it has seen a recent respray and engine replacement amongst a host of other cosmetic and mechanical refreshes. For the avid adventure seeker, this incredibly smart classic van presents as a wonderful way into the ultra cool classic VW “scene”.

The History and Paperwork

  • Genuine late model bay window van
  • Originally a UK market right hand drive van
  • As we understand the van was taken into The Netherlands where it was converted to left hand drive
  • The van returned to the UK circa 1984, where it has remained ever since
  • Purchased by the vendor from a friend in 2005 
  • The van was issued a new V5 in 2018 after the vendor recovered it from their insurance company following it being stolen
  • The logbook was therefore re-issued in 2018
  • Subject to a comprehensive rebuild after the van was recovered
  • Accompanied by a selection of invoices for servicing and maintenance work performed on the van
  • Invoice for 2021 engine replacement and mechanical overhaul performed by London based specialist Jacks Garage at a cost of around £3700
  • Both tax and MOT exempt due to the van’s historic status and age
  • Despite MOT exemption the current owner has had the van MOT’d regularly
  • Current MOT valid with no advisories into February 2024
  • V5 registration document present with the vehicle

The Interior

  • Good quality camper van interior with excellent fixtures and fittings
  • As we understand many of the interior fittings are new
  • The vendor informs us that the interior has been stripped and fitted with aftermarket sound proofing
  • Seating for three in the front section with an individual drivers seat and twin bench passenger seat, boasting fresh black upholstery with contrasting white piping
  • Bespoke cabinetry in the rear
  • New fridge freezer
  • Black and white checked flooring in the rear
  • Kitchen facilities and twin hob
  • Bench seat which folds flat into a bed frame
  • Pop top roof panel for improved headroom and sleeping capacity
  • JVC radio head unit
  • Pioneer speakers mounted in the well upholstered door panels
  • Good quality black dash panel and adjoining two spoke steering wheel
  • Cabin mounted fire extinguisher
  • Removable wooden table
  • Interior trim is in fine fettle throughout

The Exterior

  • Later style bay window van as denoted by subtle styling cues such as higher mounted indicators
  • The vendor informs us the van was subject to a quality respray circa 2021
  • Iconic two tone paint scheme in more unusual black and white hue
  • Paint is of a great standard throughout
  • Highly presentable with very minimal signs of marking or wear to be seen
  • Colour matched white trim and europa style bumpers
  • Minor patch of blemishing to be seen on the rear bumper
  • Glass work is in great shape
  • Panel gaps appear straight and consistent across the van
  • Pop top roof panel is in great order, and functions correctly
  • Four great quality white steel wheels reside at ground level with chrome decorative hubcaps
  • Tinted rear light clusters

The Mechanics

  • Fitted with a legendary flat four air cooled engine, situated in the rear of the van
  • Presented in great overall mechanical order
  • In 2021 the original engine was removed and a new replacement was fitted by London based specialist Jacks Garage
  • A series of other mechanical refurbishments were undertaken at the same time, totalling a cost of around £3700
  • The vendor informs us that the van has also been rewired under their ownership
  • Engine oil temperature gauge fitted
  • Two new batteries (main and leisure) have been installed
  • The van is reported to fire into life well and provide an excellent overall driving experience
  • Underside looks to be in good clean form
  • Advisory free MOT valid into February 2024 for added peace of mind


Despite its quirks, the T2 Volkswagen van is perhaps one of the most loved automobiles of all time. There is an undeniable charm to these things, something that makes them so wonderfully appealing.
The next loving owner of this late model bay window will be getting themselves what is surely one of the better examples of the T2 on the roads today, in good, highly presentable order, with a recent engine replacement and respray,  BLH 805S is ready for many more miles of adventure and fun.

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Vehicle specification
  • Year 1978
  • Make Volkswagen
  • Model Bay Window Type 2
  • Colour Black/White
  • Odometer 6,453 Miles
  • Engine size 1600
Listing Details
  • Seller Type Private
  • Town Richmond
  • Location London
  • Country United Kingdom

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