The UK Sports Cars Showroom
1957 VW Split Screen Camper Van. Beautiful early bus restored with an incredible specification.
One of our all time favourite buses that we know very well indeed. Finding a bus this early is incredibly difficult and the colour scheme is year correct in early Volkswagen colours; Palm Green / Sand Green. One of the most desirable early colour schemes of all time and the only scheme that from factory featured a pin stripe following the waste line on the top half, a unique and original feature highly regarded amongst enthusiasts.
Early buses feature the small rear tailgate, central rear brake light and early round rear light units. Full width original front bench seat is still present and front opening Safari windows have been retrofitted.
This bus has spent the vast majority of its life in a dry climate which meant that upon being imported to the UK several years ago, the underside and entire shell was virtually rust free forming the perfect basis for restoration where only light body preparation was required. The metal work is superb and the underside is clean and bone dry having not been blacked or covered in any form of thick coating throughout its entire life. You can actually see the metal work completely with your own eyes and just a coating of clear Waxoyl is all that will be required for rust prevention treatment for years to come.
This bus is honestly one of the best buses I have ever driven having had several thousand pounds worth of upgrades fitted by renowned VW specialists; Type 2 Detectives.
Fully reconditioned 1600 Twin Port unit running on twin weber carburettors that provides an incredible amount of power has only just been installed at great expense. The engine has literally just had its 500 mile running in service. Reconditioned gearbox and straight axle setup on the rear makes for the ultimate ride quality meaning the bus will cruise easily at 70MPH. Front disc brakes, dual circuit braking system and a Gene Berg quick shifter have also been installed to add further to the amazing driving experience!
Bespoke interior by built and installed by us includes a full wool cloth headliner in coffee beige as per 1950’s VW specification trimmed neatly down to the waistline which looks absolutely stunning and 100% indicative of this era of VW’s. We have installed a full width rock n’ roll bed resplendent with coffee beige vinyl upholstery and piping. This is a 3 person rear seat that folds down to make a lengthy and comfortable double bed ideal for camping. The bespoke joinery work and detachable table were built by ourselves to the highest standard in oak veneer with light green Formica worktops, draws and cupboards. Original 1950’s handles with swallow style handles for the draws as well as swallow inspired curtains for the overall internal theme. Original style lap belts retrofitted and also a Retrosounds radio and speaker in the original radio slot that looks period but features IPhone connectivity and DAB radio.
Overall one of the finest examples on the market today, this is a bus that can be jumped in and driven anywhere with the turn of a key!