Project Description

VW T2b Westfalia Camper

A superbly maintained and joyous VW T2b Westfalia Camper

Price

SOLD

Year

1978

Mls/Kms

(2) 17,799 kilometers

Sold in

Germany

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History

Presenting this survivor 1978 VW T2b Westfalia Camper, an authentic European gem originating from Austria. Its rich history unfolds with just two prior owners documented in its original Austrian registration book before transitioning to the hands of Dutch classic car dealer, European Collectables, in March 2010. A year later, it found a new home in Germany, where it enjoyed the stewardship of 2 passionate owners until 2024. Meticulous maintenance shines through a trove of invoices, showcasing an engine overhaul in 2014 alongside numerous camping-style upgrades. With an insurance valuation in 2010 recording 152,486 km, its odometer now reads just shy of 218,000 km, a testament to its enduring spirit. This timeless classic is now poised to embark on its next adventure with a discerning enthusiast.

Exterior

This joyous example, as depicted in its original Austrian registration document, typical for the 1970s, showcases a timeless two-tone color scheme of white/cream over beige. Although the original paint has been refreshed by the first German owner in 2014, it has gracefully endured the passing of a decade, retaining its charm with a hint of patina. Notably, the extendable camping roof remains intact, showcasing no tears, and an additional vent hole has been thoughtfully added to enhance ventilation. In 2016, a tow bar was thoughtfully installed; facilitating the hauling of a motorbike trailer for the subsequent owner. The fitted roof bars are a bonus for the next custodian.

Interior

Step inside this automotive joy, and you’re greeted by a plethora of features within its seemingly endless, clever storage space. Notably, this particular example boasts the original fridge and cooker, both still fully functional, adding a touch of period charm to practicality. Furthermore, an internal heater (Stand Heizung) and a water heater pump have been thoughtfully integrated, enhancing comfort during travels. During a partial restoration in 2014, the rear cushions were meticulously re-upholstered in a traditional brown/beige period material and pattern, preserving the authentic aesthetic and matching the perfectly serviceable brown curtains. Additionally, meticulous attention was paid to detail with the installation of new carpeting at the front, as evidenced by the comprehensive documentation within the vehicle’s file. An auxiliary battery supplies power to the interior lighting, auxiliary heating and refrigerator in 12v mode. Charging control is via Wesa 220v converter and Mosfeet 12v charging control. Overall, the interior exudes a sense of timeless charm, with all flooring, cabinet and table surfaces impeccably preserved, ready to embark on new adventures while preserving its nostalgic allure. There’s even a small Safe.

Engine & Transmission

As with this example, many VW TD2b models were fitted with the larger 1970 cc engines with an output of 51kW almost 70ps, which moves our camper along comfortably. In June of 2014 the guts of the engine were replaced and subsequently supplied and fitted by VW specialist Innovative Motortechnik Bernauer in Amerang, southern Germany. The detailed invoice offers valuable technical advice on how the unit should be run in, along with the full specification of technical data and a confirmed 1915cc and 70-80ps output. They even carefully retained the cars original Engine Block Number CJ 069 715 which matches the cars original Austrian registration document. It’s calculated that approximately 40.000 km’s has been travelled since the installation. Along with a stainless steel exhaust, other improvements include a Solex 40-44 Kadron double carburetor system from 2018, a new electronic ignition system and oil cooler. For comfort, Monroe Hi-Jackers pneumatically operated shock absorbers have been fitted. Thanks to the level control, the dampers always adapt to the requirements of the respective load situation.

Wheels, Tyres & Brakes

Possibly not to everyone’s taste, the black and silver 10 spoke, common accessory alloys are covered in almost new 205/165 R15 Michelin Cross-Climate all-weather tyres. The file contains a brake overhaul invoice from 2015, including the replacement of front shock absorbers. The car pulls up well and straight and is offered with a new German TÜV roadworthiness test.

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