1965 Volkswagen Type 2 '21-Window' Deluxe Microbus
Sold For $101,750Inclusive of applicable buyer's fee.
- The most desirable Microbus variant
- Beautiful concours restoration in original colors
- Upgraded 1,950-cubic centimeter engine; quite powerful
Est. 100 bhp, 1,950 cc OHV air-cooled horizontally opposed four-cylinder engine, four-speed manual transmission, semi-elliptical leaf-spring suspension with shocks and coil springs, and four-wheel drum brakes. Wheelbase: 94.5 in.
The iconic Volkswagen Microbus first arrived on the American continent in 1949, and it quickly became popular as an efficient and fun way to move people. Its combination of efficiency and practicality deemed it an instant hit with the “flower power” generation of the ’60s, and its boxy design made it the perfect canvas for peace signs, pop-art flowers, and psychedelic paint schemes. Rarest and most desirable of the Microbus variants is the 21-window model produced between 1964 and 1967, known to enthusiasts as the “Samba.”
The Samba offered here is believed to have spent most of its life on the West Coast, including over 12 years being stored in California. Its previous owner completed a meticulous restoration, during which the bus was restored to its original color scheme of Sealing Wax Red and Silver-Beige and every item was either restored or replaced with parts correct to the model. All gauges, including the clock, were reportedly rebuilt or replaced with current components; a new wiring harness was installed; and a new sunroof and mechanisms were fitted, along with all-new seals. Inside is the rare middle seat option, with all of its seats upholstered in proper silver and beige vinyl, being surrounded by refinished glass. The restoration is of a concours quality, and it has been well maintained in all regards, with excellent panel fit, a beautiful finish, and interior hardware that is virtually like new.
While the previous owner installed a Freeway Flier transmission as part of the restoration, the current owners have gone a step further and upgraded the engine to a 1,950-cubic centimeter unit, which can produce roughly 100 horsepower. The result is much-improved performance over a stock Microbus, and in the words of the RM Sotheby’s specialist who recently drove it, “it is a great driving bus!”
As one of the nicest surviving Sambas, with the bonuses of an excellent restoration and more horsepower, this Vee Dub promises miles of groovy fun for a new owner.