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Thursday, February 11, 2016

This Volkswagen Bus and Camper Combo are Vintage VW Royalty

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When it comes to collecting vintage Volkswagen Buses, it’s all about the windows; the more light that comes in, the more money it accompanies. In that regard, this vibrant 1963 Volkswagen Bus is one of the best, a coveted 23-window Type 2, but interestingly it’s not the rarest species pictured.
 
The trailer that accompanies it is, said to be a microbus-specific 1967 Eriba Puck camper, and one of only five surviving models in the world. Both the vintage 23-window Bus and its accompanying trailer will mount the auction block at the upcoming RM Auctions Amelia Island event in March, where the pair will sell at no reserve.


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Built in Wolfsburg, Germany in March of 1963, the VW Bus’s story begins with a trip across the Atlantic to its first owner in San Francisco, where after a few years it was purchased by a private girls’ school in Kansas City, Missouri. After some years it then made its way back to the Bay Area and into the collection of a steadfast microbus enthusiast, this time accompanying the rare Eriba Puck camper.
 
Both were given a very thorough restoration in the 1990s, and since then the pair have only seen light use and the custody of two other owners, one of which re-restored the duo a second time. Despite their five decades of age, both appear to be about as clean as the day they were new.


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Adding further rarity to the equation, 1963 was the last year that the 23-window Bus came to American shores, and this one packs even more coveted options, such as its $800 “Safari” split windows, which open from the bottom, and its “walk through” front seats, which came in place of a bench.

The boot of the Bus comes fitted with a matching set of luggage as well as a vintage Dr. Pepper cooler, a perfect compliment to the Eriba Puck camper’s sink, dining table, twin beds, and two-burner stove. Power comes courtesy of a rebuilt 50 horsepower 1585cc single-port engine, which is prompted by a four-speed manual gearbox.

While millions and millions of Type 2 Volkswagen Buses have been built over the years, the rarest of the bunch still garner sky high prices. Expect this lovely two-tone turquoise-and-blue-white Bus to be no different.

Photo Credit: Nathan Leach-Proffer/RM Auctions