1966 VW T1
Year of manufacture2/1966
Mileage47 686 km / 29 631 mi
Interior brand colourDonker blauw
Number of doors3
Number of seatsmore
Performance55 kW / 75 PS / 74 BHP
Type of body: Bus
Transmission: 4 gears, Manual gearbox
Number of cylinders: 4
Engine capacity: 1.776 cc
Empty weight: 1.120 kg
Number of seats: 6
Emission class: Euro 0
Number of owners: 1
Registration number: PM-32-86
Sea blue with a Cumulus White roof, or code 360 with 680: that's how this beautiful Volkswagen T1 Samba bus was originally delivered according to the certificate from the Volkswagen Car Museum. On April 27, 1966, the bus was delivered and just two days later, it departed for America, undoubtedly making its first owner very happy. Later on, the Netherlands became part of its provenance. Although that's not entirely accurate because without a Dutchman, the bus wouldn't have existed at all...
Not everyone knows this, but the Volkswagen T1 has a Dutch connection. The initial sketches were drawn on a piece of paper by Ben Pon, the brand's importer in the Netherlands. Production started in 1950, and after the Beetle, another icon of the brand was born. With simple technology derived from the Beetle and a unique character, the Bus appeals to almost everyone.
Well, let's take a trip back in history and return to our bus. To put it simply, we have rarely if ever seen such a beautifully restored T1. Everything is truly perfect. At Gallery Aaldering, we naturally see many wonderful vehicles, from everyday classics to the most exclusive sports cars, but when all the mechanics gather under one bridge to inspect the underside of a car, you know something special has arrived.
The underside is so immaculate that it's almost obligatory to have a jack in the car to show interested people along the way just how beautiful it is. It's rare to see so much care taken with the underside of a car during restoration.
Now, let's turn our attention to the more visually striking parts, such as the gorgeous two-tone body. Completely, and I mean completely, restored and in an excellent condition, that's what this 'Samba' is. Many people underestimate how difficult it is to get such large body panels perfectly straight. The craftsmen who worked on this bus have done an exceptionally good job. The condition of the body is flawless, and the paintwork is beautiful, with the owner's commendable choice to have the car resprayed in its original colours. The painting process was carried out with great expertise. There's simply nothing to criticize about its appearance.
When we open the large doors, our eyes are greeted by a stunning interior. Again, no expense has been spared to achieve a fantastic end result. The door and panel trim are made of thin woodwork, and the upholstery perfectly matches the blue exterior paint and the wooden interior trim. It's a truly stylish ensemble. The dashboard has been completely restored to its original state, with a large central gauge in front of the driver's nose and a few small gauges for additional information. The back area is also very stylish, with a bench, a chair, and even a spot to repose right in the back. Everything is executed, of course, in the same style as what we find upfront for the driver and passenger.
In the very back, as expected, there's an air-cooled four-cylinder engine. However, it's not the original power plant that can be found in the bus but a 1,800 cc variant. It has the right character and sound, and even the appearance is identical. The only difference is that it allows you to keep up with traffic more easily and maintain reasonable cruising speeds. The engine has been completely overhauled, restored, and modified with, for example, open filters for slightly better breathing and a fractionally more inspiring sound.
Thanks to this modification, the T1 drives exceptionally well, and there are few cars that provide such a unique driving experience as a classic Volkswagen bus. The car comes with a complete documentation folder, including invoices, photos of "before and after the restoration," numerous fun items associated with the bus, and, of course, the official Volkswagen certificate.
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