VW Trans­porter

EN­GINE 1914cc/flat-4/OHV POWER 86bhp@4900rpm (est) TORQUE 98lb ft@4000rpm (est) MAX­I­MUM SPEED 82mph (est) 0-60MPH 19sec (est) FUEL CON­SUMP­TION 20-28mpg TRANS­MIS­SION RWD, four-speed man MoT 12 months from sale ODOME­TER 38,161 miles

Classic Car Weekly (UK) - - This Week - Gil­lian Car­moodie

Sub­tle EX­TE­RIOR paint Dou­ble barn doors IN­TE­RIOR Eye-catch­ing and dis­tinc­tive ME­CHAN­I­CALS Re­built VW en­gine Lots of new parts

The mod­i­fied 1.9-litre en­gine has re­cently un­der­gone a full re­build and starts on the first turn of the key. Most T1 own­ers will be un­fa­mil­iar with the healthy ex­haust rumble and more than ad­e­quate ac­cel­er­a­tion and the four-speed Free­way Flyer gear­box works per­fectly once you’ve got used to it. The up­graded steer­ing box makes for light manouev­er­ing and a tight turn­ing cir­cle and the brakes are re­spon­sive and don’t pull to ei­ther side. The sus­pen­sion ab­sorbs road im­per­fec­tions well, though it has been low­ered so tack­ling speed bumps can be chal­leng­ing and the low-hang­ing ex­haust can clip road de­bris or pot­holes. The T1 is also left-hand drive, which may prove chal­leng­ing on Bri­tish roads. This is in ex­cep­tional con­di­tion fol­low­ing an ex­ten­sive £50k re­build, which in­cluded the re­place­ment of the jack­ing points, chas­sis out­rig­gers, un­der­floor plates and cab floor, fol­lowed by a bare metal re­spray. It has rare twin barn doors on each side and the two-tone mush­room and cream paint­work is in good over­all con­di­tion. There’s a chip be­hind the off­side win­dow, an­other on the near­side cor­ner of the rear bumper, a few rust specks on the chrome out­ers of the head­lamps and some slight tar­nish­ing to the win­dow wiper stalks and front VW badge. Other than that, the T1’s chrome is tidy and com­plete. The glass and win­dow rub­bers are in ex­cel­lent con­di­tion and new tyres and EK al­loy wheels have re­cently been fit­ted. Rather un­usu­ally, the cab – in­clud­ing the steer­ing wheel – has been trimmed in pony-hide trim. The Al­can­tara head­lin­ing is un­dam­aged, the dash­board free from marks and the cream paint­work spot­less. The driver’s door han­dle mech­a­nism is a bit sticky but should loosen with use. The rear con­tains a rock and roll bed that can ac­com­mo­date three peo­ple in rear bench mode, to­gether with two stools and a fold­ing ta­ble.

UN­DER THE BON­NET

The rear en­gine bay is clean and tidy and the re­built en­gine has two high-per­for­mance DCOE Weber car­bu­ret­tors, new mounts and a re­mote oil fil­ter. It has also re­cently been fit­ted with a new clutch, clutch bear­ings and cable, a straight axle kit, new front disc and rear drum brakes, an ad­justable front sus­pen­sion beam, dropped spin­dles, new shock ab­sorbers, drag links and track rod ends as well as a steer­ing rack con­ver­sion and a new wiring loom. This T1 Camper’s mod­i­fied charm and dis­tinc­tive de­tail­ing might not be to ev­ery­one’s taste, but it’s hard to ar­gue with its me­chan­i­cal strength and cor­ro­sion-free body­work.

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