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Introducing Eddie, the adored 1977 RHD Volkswagen Type 2 Microbus.
Eight large picture windows, roll-down cab windows, front quarter lights, one piece windshield, windshield washers, windshield defogger, two door mirrors, safety door handles, sound deadening, handsome hand fitted headliner, coat hooks, grab handles, ashtrays, flow-through ventilation, side sliding door, insulated passenger compartment, safety padded rear cab wall, roof high luggage compartment. Additional L Specification; White roof and upper body, vent wings in cab doors, twin reversing lights. Factory Options; Nine-seat 3-3-3 configuration. Key Modifications; Lite steer electric power steering conversion, Transporterhaus lowered suspension, Porsche Fuchs style alloys wheels, side step, Eberspacher interior heater, seat belts, hessian floor and dash top covering, electric screen wash, upgraded sound system.
This wonderful Microbus began life as an Australian Army bus and was sourced in its original Khaki Green from a dry state and specifically chosen for its superb structural condition. An expensive professional restoration now sees this bus presented in Volkswagen Alpine White over Birch Green. The paintwork boasts a stunning shine with uniform finish, a real eye catcher. The body panels are straight and in excellent condition. The painted bumpers are in superb order and all glass, lights and trim fully intact with just some light pitting to the driver’s door handle. The preserved underside and body have benefitted from a professional coating of preservative and cavity wax injection, a process not to be confused with amateurish undersealing. Having spent the majority of its life in a dry climate with salt free roads, this delightful bus is preserved in superb order.
An ingenious and hugely practical interior is revealed upon opening the wide front 90-degree cab doors and huge slide loading door. The neatly designed and well thought out passenger compartment will comfortably seat 6 occupants with masses of leg and head room, whilst leaving the large roof high luggage compartment unimpeded. The cabin space offers space for three further occupants making this a hugely versatile 9-seater with seat belts. The seats, door cards, side panels and matching spare wheel cover are trimmed in original Dark Brown Leatherette PVC, (Code 68), which remains in very good order with no rips or damage. The factory build plates remain affixed to the driver’s door shut. The handsome head liner is clean and has a handful of very small holes/slits and the safety padded rear cab wall has some wear. All controls and functions operate well. With plenty of room for friends and family, this is the ultimate recreational classic or basis for a camper conversion.
ENGINE & TRANSMISSION
The 2.0 Type 4 engine as fitted to this example is perfectly suited to the T2 and is highly regarded for its impressive capabilities. The engine fires into life effortlessly and motorway cruising is surprisingly refined and far superior compared to smaller engine models. A vast program of modifications and improvements include, amongst many others; a full engine rebuild by Laurie Pettitt, a well-known engine specialist within VW circles, custom stainless-steel exhaust,123 ignition with electronic distributor and Twin 40 IDF Weber carburettors. The engine performance is superb with a surprising turn of speed and produces approximately 110bhp! The electric power steering conversion is a vast improvement. The clean engine bay reveals no leaks and even has the original Australian military maintenance tags attached to the inside of the engine lid. The fully synchronized 4-speed gearbox operates very well with upgraded Vintage Speed Classic Spot gearshift.
WHEELS, TYRES & BRAKES
Stunning Porsche Fuchs style alloys wheels are virtually unmarked aside from one light abrasion to one spoke on the nearside rear wheel. Matching premium brand Bridgestone Duravis 185/65 R15 show plenty of tread. A dual hydraulic brake system operating front discs operate exactly as Volkswagen intended.
This 1977 example was registered in Australia and used as an army bus. In 2002 the vehicle came to the UK and the name “Eddie” was soon affectionately given to the bus due to the number plate prefix EDE. Previously sold by KGF Classic Cars to a couple who adored the bus so much that they created a YouTube channel for it! The channel, as seen if you click here, shows Eddie embarking on several adventures including various classic car shows whereby much admiration was shown. Wanting to expand the channel and show a range of classic cars, the difficult decision to sell Eddie has been made in order to make way for a more modern classic. A huge history file contains evidence of vast expenditure and details of the modifications to make this a real usable bus. The most recent service was carried out in May 2023. A useful guide and notes to assist the next custodian enjoy ownership immediately with accompanying photos too.
KGF Classic Cars are delighted to have Eddie back ready for adventures with a lucky new keeper.
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