The UK Sports Cars Showroom
1961 VW Split Screen Camper Van. Factory Right Hand Drive – Mango Green / Seagull Grey
It always comes as a pleasure when we are rarely able to offer for sale a bus as special and desirable as this. This is a genuine German built factory Right Hand Drive Split Screen van built for the UK market from new. Particularly desirable being an early bus featuring the small rear hatch and window and what most consider to be the purest shape.
Restored locally to us a few years ago, the quality of the restoration has to be seen to be appreciated. The bus was stripped to bare metal and every single spec of rust was dealt with so you can expect a rock solid bus ripe for another 50 years of service.
Painted in all time favourite original, early split screen colours Mango Green over Seagull Grey. The paintwork is beautiful on this bus all over and has been detailed to a glass like finish. Complete also with rare original 15’’ steel wheels that have been powder coated and finished off with large logo VW polished stainless hubcaps.
Massive mechanical spec including 1600cc Reconditioned Twin Port Engine running on 34 Dellorto Carburettors, New Fuel Tank, Recon Gearbox, IRS (Independent Rear Suspension) Setup, Dropped front spindles and new suspension at front, VW Jim Servo (One of the best products on the market! The brakes are almost as good as a new car!), Brand new 12V wiring loom and 12V electrics throughout, Fuel gauge discreetly retrofitted for convenience (early buses never had fuel gauges). This is one of the best buses we have driven and cruises comfortably on motorways with modern day traffic.
The interior is currently a bespoke Devon replica featuring a curved cabinet and two opposite facing seats with bed cushions upholstered in vibrant contrasting red cloth. There is a solid oak table that can be unclipped and slotted in between the seats to make a double bed. The Devon style interior is an original and very popular layout but please note that we build bespoke interiors ourselves especially for Split Screen busses so if you would prefer a different layout then all you have to do is ask and we would be happy to discuss different options.
New headlining professionally fitted in off white perforated vinyl trimmed down to the waistline, Full curtain set and door cards all round including replacement kick panels.
Original style Blaupunkt Radio overhauled / modernised to include AM/FM tuner and IPod / IPhone connection via a cleverly mounted docking station discreetly inside the Ash Tray.
On average only 10% of all Split Screens were built in Right Hand Drive and the vast majority of them are no longer on the road simply because of the work it takes to get them to this standard. This is a very desirable bus that would make a great investment for years to come. Freshly MOT’d and serviced.