1966 Westfalia Camper!

1966 Westfalia SO42 Camper Bus, Needs A Few Things, Has Extras!

This 1966 Westy Poptop Camper was purchased by the previous owner in New Mexico back in 1987 and was their family's pride and joy for many years.  They had it repainted in the original color of Pearl White way back, redid some of the interior as needed, rebuilt the mechanicals, added a few accessories, and drove and enjoyed it for years.  It was not a first rate job, more the type of "driver restoration" that was done back in the 1990's when Bus values were much lower, and it even took some awards years ago at smaller local car shows.

The wife was driving it one day, was cut off in traffic, swerved to avoid the car in front of her, and skidded into a ditch.  The front bumper of the Bus took the impact, pushing the overrider bar into the tip of the nose between the headlights, and forcing the overrider into the lower front door hinges, shifting them rearward, and knocking the front doors out of alignment a bit.  The doors are good, the damage seems to be located at the door hinges, and the doors still open, close, latch, and the Bus was driven like this for a while.  A talented body man could work out the nose dent, possibly finesse the lower door hinges or just replace them to adjust the door gaps, and replacing the front bumper with another easy-to-find 1966-1967 bumper is probably the best option there, too.  After that incident, the wife was afraid to drive the Bus, so they sold it to the current owner approximately 8 years ago.  The current owner drove it a bit as it was for a bit, then put it away inside his huge shop for the winter, and it's been in indoor storage for the last 7 years.  It currently starts and runs but will need servicing before it's a road worthy driver again.

Some of the features to note include the safari windshields (need a few pieces of hardware), the accessory side step, the original Westfalia wood slat roof rack that was cut down in length long ago, original Westfalia stool, the folding Z bed, nice original spice rack, all folding tables, ice box, and the 1500cc single port engine, too.

The body is mostly fair to good, looks nice with the exception of the nose currently, and is impressively solid as it came from the dry desert climate of New Mexico.  The sides, rear, corners, and roof are very good.  The nose will improve quickly and greatly using the "football trick" where you inflate a football inside the lower nose to push out the dents.  All of the doors, doglegs, decklid, apron, and both bumpers are correct for 1966, and original.  There is some cracking filler on the driver's long panel, a typical patch on the driver's floor covering some mild perforation, and a patch on an inner rocker as well.  This is not a rusty Bus although it has a few spots with needs.  It presents very well as a driver and will look much nicer once the nose dent and front bumper are improved.

The interior is impressively complete, stock, and is good for someone who intends to use the Bus as the Camper that it is.  Note that the original Westfalia flooring is still present beneath the layer of linoleum on the cargo floor.  

Mechanically the Bus features a 1500cc single port engine, a stock reduction box transaxle, stock suspension, and the original 14 inch Bus wheels, too.  It does start and run but will need some servicing due to the 7 years of storage before it's a reliable driver.  We recommend looking at the tires, brakes, fuel system, and giving it a general tune up, just for good measure.  The Bus was also converted to 12 volt long ago, a nice and practical upgrade for reliability.  It currently starts, runs, and the brakes are working, but it will benefit from servicing and an inspection after the long storage.

Overall this is a good looking, impressively solid, complete, and desirable Westfalia.  It could be enjoyed the way it is, dialed in to the next level, and would be that much nicer with a little time and effort spent.  Thanks!


Please note this Camper is located in Southeastern New Hampshire.

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