1951 Volkswagen Split Screen ‘Barn Door’ for sale in Canterbury, U.K.

Seller: UK Sports Cars
Tel: 01227 728 190
Location: Canterbury, Kent, U.K.
Asking Price: POA

The pre-1955 Split Screen bus, more commonly known as the ‘Barn Door’ because of its large rear engine hatch that opens upwards closely resembling that of an old barn door.

This bus speaks for itself in terms of its rarity and position in any collectors line up. This bus is believed to be one of the oldest 11 windowed Kombis on the road in England.

It is not often that a Barn Door bus comes on the market, and usually, they are 1953-1955 buses. This bus was built on August 6th, 1951. Which means it is 68 years old! The bus comes with its ‘Birth Certificate’ of authenticity from the Stiftung Automuseum in Germany and has its correct original VIN number stamped in the correct location in the engine bay compartment.

The bus has been meticulously restored and repainted in 1950’s Volkswagen colors Palm Green / Sand Green. The quality of the restoration is superb. You can even see all of the original factory spot welds down the roof where no filler has been used. This bus simply oozes charm and character in every department. There are so many early original features such as the bolt-on high hinge door mirrors, separate locking cargo door handle, original dash pod & speedo, piano hinge quarter lights, a ribbed front bumper, and the missing rear – why? Because in 1951 buses didn’t have a read bumper.

The mechanical setup on this bus has been based around usability. This bus deserves more than to be just a museum piece so is currently running on a later and far superior setup including a Beetle straight axle conversion at the rear with a reconditioned 1641TP motor recently fitted. New 12V electrics throughout. Originally, you would have topped 45MPH downhill with a tailwind if you were lucky but with the current setup, the bus will comfortably cruise at 60-70MPH. The bus could easily be converted to the original setup should you want but then it certainly will not be suitable for modern roads.

Complete with fresh upholstery throughout including original style cloth headliner and front bench seat. The bus currently features a retro 1950’s style camping interior the rear that compliments the age of the vehicle nicely and all of the seating arrangement folds down to make a reasonably sized sleeping arrangement.