1968-1979 T2 CAMPER
WHY WE LOVE IT It’s a lifestyle on wheels – and it’s still affordable The second generation of vehicles based on VW’s Transporter Type 2 van platform enjoys a retro appeal that defies its age. Its pleasing shape with subtle curves features the panoramic one-piece front window that earned it its ‘Bay’ nickname. There’s a surprising amount of room in the back, but its modestly-sized engine means that this big box takes some moving about, and the unassisted steering and – to be polite – slightly vague gearchange take some getting used to.
Prices for popular conversions such as Westfalia (German) and Dormobile (British) carry a premium, and while you might be able to find a project example of the earlier T1 ‘split-screen’ version within budget, top of the range T2s are now fetching big prices too.
ENGINE 1584cc/flat-4/OHV POWER 57bhp@4400rpm TORQUE 81.7lb ft@3000rpm TOP SPEED 65mph 0-60MPH 37sec FUEL CONSUMPTION 20-24mpg TRANSMISSION RWD, four-speed manual
Every part, from the roof – especially those with elevating sections – to the chassis requires scrutiny. Rot gets everywhere.
Check that the engine is clean and strong. Small oil drips are legion, but beware big oil losses. Tinware and rubber seals should be helping keep the temperature right.
Don’t let your heart rule your head – what might look like a pretty camper could be a death trap. Have an expert thoroughly check what you are intending to buy.
WHAT TO PAY CONCOURS £20,000+, GOOD £10,000, USABLE £4000, PROJECT £2000