1978 Volkswagen Transporter Campmobile

Rétromobile 2020 - Artcurial
Friday, 7 February 2020
$107,967 (€98,600)
Sale Price
7 February 2020
Sold Date
Lot Number
Unrestored Original
Auction House
Chassis No. 2382043540. Beige over plaid cloth. 1970-cc H-4. 4-speed manual. Hubcaps, Continental tires, Westfalia pop-up roof, sliding door, window curtains, sink, table, swivel seat, CB radio.

Evaluation: Unrestored original | Bought new by a couple in Colorado who didn’t realize it came with a 4-speed, took it on one road trip, and then never drove it again. Sold to Germany in 2018 and currently in remarkable all-original condition. Represented as 994 miles from new. The engine bay is grubby relative to everything else, but the original paint and interior both look remarkable.
Unbelievably well preserved and its charm is off the charts.

Bottom Line: Its preservation is also unrepeatable, and it’s now clear that the early multiwindow Sambas are no longer the only six-figure VW buses out there. At this price, and for fear of the odometer ticking over to 1000 miles, this thing will probably never go on another road trip, unless it’s on a trailer.

by Hagerty Insider
7 February 2020
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