The lower half is VW Turkis Blue; although this is actually a peppermint or seafoam green. The top is VW Alpine White; a slightly creamier off-white. It is also the more sought after early bay example.
It has the low front indicators, small splitty type rear lenses, wraparound style bumpers and the more rounded rear vents. In VW circles, the 71 is considered to be the ultimate choice; the early bay look, but with disc brakes up front! In my ownership, I have replaced or refurbished nearly every part on it!
I had a complete bare-metal respray done professionally back in 2005. At the time I also replaced all of the rubber seals. Basically the bottom eight inches of metalwork the entire way around the van were replaced with new steel panels. Two brand new OE cab doors were also fitted.Plus a load of work underneath on the chassis. Mechanically it has always been sound and never a problem. The engine is not original to the van but it was in when I bought it in 2003. It is a Mexican built VW 1600 (twin port) and it pulls really well. Other than servicing every year I havent had to do anything to it.
If it aint broke, dont fix it! I have driven to Cornwall and back many times quite happily. It has a standard 4-speed VW gearbox which is still smooth; synchromesh on all gears work perfectly well.
I cannot feasibly list everything that has been done on the van, but here is a summary. Many panels replaced with new German steel (2005). New brakes front and back, including new rear drums and front calipers (2006).New OE steel wheels and hubcaps (2006). New van rated tyres all around (2006). New marine canvas ragtop roof (2014). New custom interior c/w colour coded leatherette and new foam cushions (2014). Lined interior with new foil insulation to protect from temperature and noise (2014).
New lights and lenses, front and rear (2012). New OE VW front headlining installed (2014). New Custom and Commercial rock and roll bed fitted (2014). New Empi exhaust system (2014).
New sound system, interior lighting and internal electrics (2014). New starter motor (August 2018). New fuel pump (August 2018).New foam engine bay seal (August 2018). I have many receipts and photographs.
All parts have been good quality and sourced from the main VW parts specialists in the UK. Any major work has been carried out by professionals within the trade. If you would like to know anything in particular, please message me. As with any almost-50-year-old vehicle kept in the UK and stored outside in the elements, there are some minor signs of rust and corrosion coming through. I have taken pictures of all the worst bits.
The chassis underneath is very good. Any signs of rust and corrosion are minor and cosmetic and easily fixed. Unfortunately I no longer have the time to give the van the care and attention it needs, so unfortunately I have not kept on top of the maintenance for the last three years or so. Generally everything is pretty good, but of course there are some areas that need attention.
Some of the usual areas on the body need some work; this is cosmetic and it can quite easily be repaired by someone with some spare time, or alternatively by a specialist for a small sum. The ragtop was replaced with new marine canvas in 2014, but it needs some attention. It is watertight and it works fine, but the fit isn't the best. Again, an easy cosmetic upgrade! Haven't bothered to replace it yet!
I have some left over paint from when the van was resprayed in 2005, which will be included with the sale. I want someone with a genuine love of VWs and classic cars to take this bus and it give it the love it needs, and have many more years of fun. If you have half as much fun as I have had in it, Im sure you wont look back.
I have done lots of upgrades since then. Viewings and inspections welcomed and encouraged.
The item "VW Bay Window Camper Van (1971)" is in sale since Wednesday, August 22, 2018. This item is in the category "Cars, Motorcycles & Vehicles\Campers, Caravans & Motorhomes\Campervans & Motorhomes". The seller is "needvwbits" and is located in Wantage. This item can be shipped to United Kingdom, United States.