A classic Type 2 Volkswagen campervan could sell for in excess of £120,000 at an auction at Goodwood Festival of Speed 2016.

The 1957 Samba Microbus is a rare model with 23 windows and the iconic split-screen at the front, painted in the original Sealing Wax Red and Chestnut Brown colour scheme.

It was shipped to the UK in 2005 after spending most of its life in the USA, and was then completely restored to the show standard it has today.

The interior was also refitted, with the light brown upholstery, whilst West Coast Classics from California helping to supply new pieces, such as the headlining, door cards and sunroof.

Affectionately known as the ‘Splittie’, the Type 2 ‘T1’ was introduced in March 1950 and stayed in production until the mid-1970s, with many different model shapes such as pick-ups and panel vans created on the Type 2 framework.

Much of the vehicle was overhauled, with the brake lines, flexi hoses, cylinders, master cylinder and shoes replaced on the braking system, whilst the 1.5-litre engine was stripped down, cleaned and rebuilt. It has only been driven a few times since restoration to appear at events, so is in very good condition.

The sale to be carried out by Bonhams at the Festival of Speed on June 24th and the Samba Microbus has an estimate between £80,000 and £120,000, with the current British record for a VW Campervan currently set at £91,000.

Author: Jack Healy

Jack Evans


After completing his university studies in English and Creative Writing in Cardiff, Jack is now a full time motoring writer at Blackball Media. His love of cars stems from his childhood years when he began to live and breathe all-things automotive.

May 25, 2016

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