The Auburn Auction

Lot 65
1973 Volkswagen Westfalia Campmobile

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1973 Volkswagen Westfalia Campmobile

CHASSIS NO: 2332174559

• Outstanding presentation and colors
• Equipped for camping or display
• Very desirable “pop-up” top

1,700cc horizontally opposed four-cylinder engine, Weber two-barrel carburetor, 63 HP at 4,800 RPM, four-speed synchronized manual transaxle, four-wheel independent suspension with torsion bars, trailing arms and shock absorbers, power-assisted hydraulic front disc brakes and drum rear brakes; wheelbase: 94.5”

Twenty years after the end of World War II, Volkswagen had established itself as a leader in the automotive world. While the original Beetle continued to sell in record numbers, the Transporter, which had first appeared as a 1950 model, was becoming a bit dated in both styling and offering creature comforts. In the fall of 1967, the second generation of these multi-purpose vehicles was introduced. Built within the basic dimensions as the original Type 2s, the new models were vastly improved with more spacious seating for driver and passengers, better visibility with a wraparound one-piece windshield, and high-quality accessories. A larger and more powerful air-cooled engine was created for these new VWs which were greatly appreciated by those who traveled down the ever-expanding interstate freeway system that was connecting all corners of the country.

One of the most popular packages offered by the factory was the Campmobile. Having partnered up with Westfalia since the early 1950s, their reputation for high quality and innovative features grew famous around the world. A myriad of options was offered which provided kitchen appliance, expanded sleeping quarters and even exterior patio awnings. For the new “Bay Window” edition of the Transporter, one of Westfalia’s most famous features the pop-up roof was expanded and took of a larger portion of the roof. A large fiberglass cap with fitted canvas side fitted with windows allowed for more room in these cramped little campers.

This Bright Orange and Pastel White Campmobile has been treated to a complete “ground-up” restoration. Our consignor, who specializes in these handsome little carriers, tells us this is one of the sweetest Transporters he has ever owned or driven. The peppy little engine was given a complete rebuild as was the transaxle shifting unit. While this Type 2 was in very solid condition at the start of the restoration process, the paint was stripped off to bare metal which required only minimal work to make it virtually perfect. All electrical components were replaced as needed and a later model audio system was installed. Special attention was paid to making the Westfalia pop-up top’s canvas liner. Equipped with the original wooden cabinet and fitted with a sink, the water holding tanks, pump and plumbing were completely reconditioned. All interior paneling, including the headliner, was replaced and new floor covering installed in the rear compartment. Up front, the black leatherette seats were freshened and made to look and feel like new.

Over the past decade collector interest in these early “Bay Window” second generation Volkswagen Transporters had really accelerated, especially those fitted with factory Westfalia campers. “Westies” as they are affectionately known, have strong followings both in North America and Europe. This is an ideal opportunity to own a significant vehicle that would be as much fun to own today as it was 45 years ago.

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