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*Please note that during restoration, the car was brought to 1600 cc specification.
Surfing the wave of popularity of the Beetle, Volkswagen introduced the Type 2 transporter in 1950 with an air-cooled flat four-cylinder engine and four-speed transmission on a basic chassis with independent suspension and four-wheel hydraulic drum brakes – an uncomplicated and efficient blueprint that remained largely unchanged for generations. The versatility of this resourceful design, in additional to its roomy and adaptable interior, created unprecedented popularity, and drove Volkswagen to open an additional factory in Hanover.
This exceptional example of the Volkswagen Type 2 23-Window Bus was completed in the factory on February 21, 1962, and left for San Francisco immediately, dressed in the same attractive Turquoise (L380) and Blue White (L289) color combination with the Volkswagen Como Green interior that it currently displays. It was loaded with special options, speedometer in miles, mounting points for safety belts, ram protection, and sealed beam headlights. It also sported the special North American option of six pop-out safari windows, making this example particularly rare.
It is believed that this bus spent the majority of its days in storage in California and Colorado, and was acquired in early 2013 by its present owner. It immediately underwent a meticulous bare-metal restoration by Agger Automotive in Englewood, Colorado. The engine and transmission were rebuilt, all components restored or replaced with correct pieces, and the panels prove notably straight. All gauges were restored and calibrated, and the clock and original radio are now in excellent condition. Volkswagen wheel covers and tires were also added. Finally, the undercarriage was purposely left uncoated so as to bear witness to the painstakingly restored sheet metal with the correct Turquoise paint.
Meanwhile new upholstery was installed by Auto Weave in Lakewood, Colorado, loyal to the original combination of Como Green (81) with Phosphor (K663) seat piping. The restoration was completed in November 2013, and the bus has accumulated less than 100 miles on the odometer since.
This bus comes with the Stiftung Auto Museum Volkswagen Certificate, which verifies the original specifications and additional options on the vehicle. With its flat wheel wells in the rear, pop-out vents in the engine compartment, and deluxe aluminum trim, this Volkswagen bus is both desirable and eminently collectible. Despite its popularity in the 1960s, very few of these legendary buses still exist – and even fewer in such pristine condition. An ambassador of a beloved era in American history, this 1962 Volkswagen 23-Window Bus is the perfect acquisition.