1967 VW Westfalia

Built June 13, 1967, chassis number 237135440. If you know VW history, you’ll know this bus built weeks before the Volkswagen Werke. A holiday that closed down the entire factory for a couple of weeks. Those were the days! This bus lived a sheltered life, first in California, then for many years in South Carolina. Returning home to the Golden State, where it has resided ever since. This Westy carries most of its factory original paint and original interior. The photos of this bus tell an accurate story. For sale via California Classix

1965 VW 21 Window Samba

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Exterior: As you can see from the photos, this 1965 Volkswagen T1 is in great condition. The paint is like new and the chrome is perfect condition. Door seams are all even and the sliding roof appears to work like the day it came off the assembly line.

Interior: The light gray interior of this bus is in very good. The dashboard instruments work perfect. Now, get ready for it… this bus only has 63,754 miles on it.

Currently for sale in the Netherlands for € 110,000, to learn more visit Albers Sportscars

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1966 Volkswagen Westfalia S042

 

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This 1966 is a rare factory Westfalia Camper S042. Originally delivered to Washington, DC as a special order. In addition to the pop top Westfalia camper package, this Volkswagen includes: front bumper overrides, dual circuit brakes, hazard warning lights, twin reversing lights, laminated windscreen, sealed beam headlights, and louvered side “camping windows.”

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The Westfalia camping package was upgraded in 1965 with new features that included a new layout that allowed for new main and auxiliary door folding tables with main cabin table converting to a bed, re-located ice box, a new faucet, additional cabin storage and the introduction of the iconic fiberglass pop top.

Sold at auction in 2014 for $24,200.00.

1963 VW Sundial Camper

img_9092You can recognize American camper conversion companies most easily by the window type and count. Sundial commonly installed five windows (three on driver side, two on the passenger side) single pane, pop-out windows. Sundial being the most popular of the American manufacturers. The German made Westfalia used louvered windows. In addition,  the Westfalia Camper will often have a third non-popout single pane window on the passenger side.

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To build a Sundial Camper, the company would start with panel vans (VIN begins 215) and cut windows into the sides. Where as the Westfalia Camper started from a van, or Kombi (VIN begins 235) and would proceed to replace the existing windows. For this reason, many VW purists look down on the Sundial Camper as a, “poorly modified VW panel van.”  Sundial did fit some Kombis and vans with their aftermarket setup, but for cost reasons the best approach was start with a panel van. In another article we will talk more about Volkswagens import strategy that resulted in a higher percentage of panel vans than the consumer market could bare.

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Being that there are some general guidelines for determining if a camper is an authentic Sundial, but they are not perfect rules. The most obvious way to determine if a camper is a Sundial is to look for the badge / logo on the interior.

As a general rule the Sundial camper is regarded as an inferior camper conversion compared to the Westfalia.  It is however the most popular of a handful of American camper conversion companies that existed at the time.

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Being the most well known American camper conversion company, many people mistakenly label their camper a Sundial. This is understandable given that most all American converters used the same single paned pop-out windows. The only real distinguishing factor is the interior and when dealing with a 60 year old vehicle one can assume that at least some elements of the interior will not be original. Sundial’s competitors included E-Z, Camper of America, Riviera, Coleman, and Kit.

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From Rusty 13 Window to Pristine 21 Window Deluxe

Every once in a while a miracle happens. In some small percentage of cases there are people there to witness. And in even fewer cases the miracle worker documents the entire process like the folks at Cookers Restoration & Fabrication did with this rusty 13 Window to pristine 21 Window conversion. Seeing this restoration unfold via the pictures has me hoping that one day I can purchase a Cookers’ project.

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Restoring a 1956 VW Westfalia

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If you’re not familiar with Kustom Coach Werks from Grand Junction, CO you need to be. For 15 years they have been cranking out really high quality restoration jobs! The following pictures show the process the team goes through in a typical project. This is just a sample, on their web site they have posted more than 800 photos of this project. It is quite literally a tutorial in the restoration process!

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