1968-1979 T2 CAMPER

Classic Car Weekly (UK) - - Volkswagen At 80 -

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

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