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
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.