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1965 Volkswagen Type 2 De Luxe Samba Bus

Posted by WindingRoad about 5 months, 3 weeks ago

1965 Volkswagen Type 2 De Luxe Samba Bus

Chassis no. CA397005

Engine no. AE225322

1,584cc OHV Flat-4-Cylinder Engine

Single Carburetor

39bhp at 3,000rpm

4-Speed Manual Transmission

Independent Torsion Bar Suspension

4-Wheel Hydraulic Drum Brakes

*Beautifully refurbished, 21-window De Luxe Samba bus

*Attractive Sea Blue and Pearl White exterior

*Lovely weekend getaway vehicle

*Offered with Volkswagen-issued Certificate


One of the 20th century's great automobile manufacturers, Volkswagen transcended its origins as the German 'people's car,' going on to become an all-time best-seller and cult classic. Originally conceived by Dr. Ferdinand Porsche, the Volkswagen inspired great loyalty and enthusiasm based on its practicality, reliability, adaptability and affordability. As readily recognizable as the immortal 'Beetle' itself and a 'cult' vehicle in its own right, the Volkswagen Type 2 and its derivatives enjoyed an even longer period in production than their saloon progenitor. The original was conceived in the late 1940s by a Dutch Volkswagen agent, Ben Pon, who drew up plans for a van based on the Beetle floor pan and running gear. Known as the Volkswagen Type 2 (the Beetle saloon being Type 1) the result of Pon's efforts arrived in 1950 and almost immediately proliferated into a bewildering variety of models catering for an enormous range of commercial and domestic activities. The original retained the Beetle's rear-mounted 1,200cc air-cooled engine and four-speed gearbox, the latter suitably re-ratioed to cope with the van's greater weight. Engines grew in size and power while both handling and comfort improved as development progressed. By 1968, when the first major revision of this outstandingly successful design occurred, almost two million had been sold worldwide. 


According to the Volkswagen-issued Certificate on file, this Samba Bus was completed at the VW works in October of 1964. The new bus was finished in Sea Blue with Pearl White contrasts, much as it appears today, and fitted with a long list of desirable optional extras, including the M081 Walkthrough option, white wall tires, six hinged side windows, step to lead area and US market equipment. Purchased by the consignor in 2004 - a prominent Reno-based collector of exceptional collector cars - the Samba has seen a recent major service and cosmetic freshening. A California state issued VIN has been issued to the car, which it is titled under. This VW 21 Window bus is a lovely representation of 1960's icon.

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