West Coast Classics are proud to present a rare and recent 2 1/2 years fully nuts and bolts restored example of this 1975 Volkswagen Bus conversion tribute 21 Window Deluxe Samba Microbus with skylight windows and cloth sunroof!
This a highly desirable restoration and conversion tribute to a collectible Type 24 Bus (Deluxe 9 passenger Microbus). Most Deluxe Microbuses were ordered as Samba models (a $160 option) that included a sliding canvas sunroof flanked by 4 skylight windows on each side of the roof (that's a 23 window bus through model 1963 and a 21 window bus starting in model year 1964). The deluxe Microbus was Volkswagens top-of-the-line transporter.
This is a superbly completed striking tribute to the iconic Type 24 Bus (Deluxe 9 passenger Microbus) which were originally marketed for touring the Alps with small skylight windows embedded into the roof for added viewing capabilities and were manufactured with the highest trim level available which included trim strips along the beltline and a dash clock! Most Deluxe Microbuses were ordered as Samba models (a $160 option) that included a sliding canvas 'Golde' sunroof flanked by the 4 skylight windows on each side of the roof.
The body is razor straight and all the door and panel fits are original and as they should be and the bus is fitted with highly desirable 'original German' Safari front windows. The original 1500 single carb 4 cylinder engine was completely rebuilt and is matched to a 4 speed manual transaxle. During the restoration, the complete drivetrain was refurbished, including the engine, gearbox, differential and reduction boxes as well as a new carburetor was installed along with a vacuum advanced electronic ignition distributor, ignition coil, spark plugs and wires. The suspension, steering and braking systems were also refurbished with new parts as well as the 12-volt electrical system. Finished in the classic two-tone theme of 'Pearl White' top and 'Titan Red' bottom exterior it features eight chrome framed panoramic samba windows, a retractable ragtop canvas sunroof, a split windshield with safari windows, a wider trunk lid and a roof rack and ladder that combines stainless steel and wood.
The interior features a walk-through concept with seating for seven, a double floor and a Samba model clock. It rolls on 14-inch painted wheels with chrome hubcaps. The scope of this project was to carry out the restoration, having as reference the classic models manufactured in Germany in the 1960s. To do this successfully, the Technical Check List of TV - H Certification from Germany was adopted as a technical standard reference with the restoration being completed by Kiekhofel Auto Parts and Restoration.
This bus must be seen and driven to be fully appreciated - the engine is extremely strong and responsive with excellent oil pressure and no oil leaks and which sounds absolutely magnificent, the original factory 4 speed transmission shifts smoothly through all the gears, the van brakes great and the engine temperature always remains cool.
We at West Coast Classics have over the years sold many virtually identical examples of these original M code 21 & 23 window model buses and it is now patently obvious that these are the Volkswagens that collectors and enthusiasts around the world are seeking with increasing fervor and you will certainly look long and hard to find a finer restored and always rust free original example of this iconic 21 Window Samba Bus conversion available anywhere else!