Lot 272

Monterey 2018

1966 Volkswagen Deluxe '21-Window' Microbus


$179,200 USD | Sold

United States Flag | Monterey, California



Chassis No.
  • Highly desirable 21-window Samba
  • Fresh and stunning show-quality restoration
  • Equipped with rare factory sliding sunroof
  • Iconic design and timeless style
Addendum: Please note that contrary to the printed catalogue description, this bus is equipped with a fully-rebuilt, period-correct 1600 engine.

The Volkswagen “Samba” Deluxe is widely considered one of the most sought-after of all Microbuses of the era. Amongst the most beloved vehicle designs ever created, the VW “bus” transcends history and popular culture, with an iconic style that will bring a smile to nearly everyone that sees one. Microbuses can still be seen parked at California surfing spots, camping grounds, and car shows, as well as in some of the finest car collections around the world. The model’s popularity is universal.

This 1966 Microbus Deluxe was born on 12 October 1965 in Wolfsburg, Germany, according to its original “M” plate. It boasts the two most desirable features available on a Microbus of this vintage: 21 windows and a large sliding sunroof. Other attractive factory-optional features include six pop-out side windows, seat belts, a U.S. mph speedometer, and bumper guards. In addition, the owner has added tilt-open Safari windshields, luggage rack, and an original-looking, retro radio that can be hooked up to a cell phone to dial in your favorite Dick Dale tunes. An period-correct, fully rebuilt 1600 engine mated to a Freeway Flyer transmission greatly enhances the drivability of this Microbus, allowing for much smoother travel without altering the original look.

The quality of this Microbus is unsurpassed. Fresh from a year-long intensive, professional rotisserie restoration bringing it back to the way it left the factory, every nut and bolt of this iconic VW is detailed to perfection. Attention to detail is evident in every aspect of the restoration, most notably the straight body and mirror finish of paint. The rare original color scheme of Lotus White is painted both top and bottom, just as it left the factory. The interior has also been restored to original factory specifications using the correct Aero Baltic color and material. The expansive sliding sunroof has received all-new correct material and hardware as well.

Now with only 50 miles traveled since restoration, this wonderfully fun Microbus is ready to be enjoyed, be it on the beach or show field.