"The Volkswagen Type 2 was introduced in 1950 as a multi-variant utility vehicle, known as the Transporter, Kombi or Microbus (depending on body type), and was devised as an evolution of the Volkswagen Type 1, the original Beetle. The first generation of these versatile vehicles (named the T1) was produced with distinctive split-screens from 1950 until 1967. Only two models were originally offered, the Kombi and the Commercial, the Microbus was added in May 1950, and was joined by the Deluxe Microbus in June 1951. The Deluxe Microbus (known as the ‘Sunroof Deluxe' in America) was the most luxurious version of the Volkswagen Transporter T1. The Deluxe model featured eight rear side windows and two rear corner windows, making it the '15-window' but was not available in Europe. Meanwhile, the European-market Deluxe Microbus, with its additional eight small skylight windows is, accordingly, the '23-window'. From the 1964 model year with its wider rear door, the rear corner windows were discontinued, making the latter two, the 13-window and 21-window respectively. The 23 and later 21 window variants each carry the famous nickname 'Samba' and are particularly revered.
The current owner purchased this original right hand drive 1965 Volkswagen Split Screen Camper in 2013 from a Mr James Dixon who acquired it in 2005 and then spent the next two years carrying out a full body restoration completing it in 2006 and painting it in this attractive colour scheme of white over pale green and fitting new white and green interior cushions. Shortly after buying this camper the vendor had the engine removed and stripped down and found it was uneconomical to rebuild so he purchased a new short engine through GSF Car Parts and had the engine rebuilt and fitted along with a new exhaust system. This T1 Split Screen Camper is supplied with a UK V5C registration document, an MoT test certificate which expires in November 2021 and a comprehensive history file containing invoices for the body parts and the engine, copy of the old V5, old MoT’s and photographs of the body rebuild. Requiring some bodywork to be redone to the lower half, this is a chance to purchase what is becoming a very sought after, reliable Volkswagen split screen camper van."