Samba is on the ball
The first (and believed to be the only surviving) right-hand drive Volkswagen Samba 23-window campervan is being offered at auction next month.
Classic Car Auctions has a £45,00055,000 estimate on the vehicle, which has been completely restored in the original colour combination of Beige White and Sealing Wax Red, at its Warwickshire Exhibition Centre sale on 10 June.
Originally exported from Germany to South Africa in 1959, the sought-after Samba features eight small skylight windows and a sunroof, and spent 40 years in warmer climes before being brought to the UK.
Its new British owner carried out a full restoration that involved acquiring original parts – including semaphore indicators – from the US. A cabinet maker by trade, he restored the original woodwork using a Devon interior. The only deviation from original spec is a 1600cc twin-port engine built by Bear VW Services in Birmingham. The company also rebuilt the gearbox.
Simon Langsdale, CCA’s classic car consigner, says: ‘A right-hand drive 1959 Samba is rare enough, but combine this with an authentic Devon interior, only available in that production year, and you have one very special bus!
‘How the owner managed to source all original parts is quite extraordinary. This has to be one of the most original, restored campers anyone can find, as well as a testament to VW appreciation.’
No expense has been spared in restoring this 1959 VW Samba to original condition.