Lot 66

2013   |   Amelia Island Auction 2013

1965 Volkswagen Type 2 21-Window Bus

SOLD $99,000


$60,000 - $80,000



Car Highlights

Meticulous 2012 Restoration
Rare 21-Window Model
Striking Original Color Combination
Iconic, Reliable, Fun Nine-Seater
One of the Most Beloved Volkswagen Models

Technical Specs

1,600 CC 4-Cylinder Engine Single Carburetor
40 BHP
4-Speed Transaxle Transmission
4-Wheel Drum Brakes
Torsion Front and Rear Suspension

Saleroom Addendum

*Please note that the complete chassis number for this car is 245030699.

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In 1965, this Volkswagen 21-Window Bus was produced and painted in sealing-wax red with silver-beige upper body accent. The 21 Window model is especially desirable as it was produced only from 1964 through 1967, and was dubbed the “Samba.” This bus is believed to have stayed most of its life on the West Coast and was purchased by its current owner just two years ago. Prior to that, the vehicle had at some point been painted blue, and then the previous owner painted it orange and kept the bus in California for over 12 years, touring all over the state. In addition to a color change, the previous owner installed a new correct replacement engine and a Freeway Flier transmission, enabling the bus to comfortably cruise the freeway at speeds of 65 mph. This period is documented with multiple service receipts that accompany the bus. The VW was then driven for just a few hundred miles before it was sold to the current owner, whose first mission was to deliver it to Agger Automotive of Englewood, Colorado, where it underwent meticulous restoration and was returned to its original striking Sealing-Wax Red and Silver Beige color combination. Every item on the bus was either restored or replaced with parts correct to the model. The new engine was removed and detailed, all gauges including the clock were rebuilt or replaced with correct parts, a new wiring harness was installed, and a sunroof complete with mechanisms was fitted with all-around new seals. The glass was refinished and interior upholstered in silver and beige vinyl, exactly as it was when the bus left the factory in 1965. The owner also succeeded in locating a rare middle seat, which was missing when he purchased the vehicle in 2011, thus restoring the bus to its original nine-seat capacity.

This freshly restored VW micro bus captures the spirit of the road and cruising America’s glorious freeways. Its durability coupled with the highly desirable 21 window model, fully restored interior, and stunning exterior presentation offer an eye-catching and comfortable ride, and is a charming choice for any collector.