Man – do you want to split?

Classic Car Weekly (UK) - - This Week - char­ter­house-auc­

A psy­che­delic 1957 Volk­swa­gen split screen panel van that ap­peared in an Amer­i­can cult film is of­fered for sale this Sun­day (18 June).

The 1980 film – Get­ting Wasted – is based in the 1960s and fea­tures David Caruso of CSI: Mi­ami fame in his first movie role.

This dis­tinc­tive hippy van is of­fered for sale at Char­ter­house’s sale as part of the Bris­tol Clas­sic Car Show at The Royal Bath & West Show­ground. It car­ries an es­ti­mate of £20,000-25,000.

The VW Type 2 – which has been fit­ted with a later 1500cc en­gine – has be­longed to a life­long mar­que fan from Wilt­shire for the past nine years. The van was bought in the US and re­mained there for five years be­fore be­ing shipped to the UK, but sees lit­tle use now.

Auc­tion­eer Matthew Whit­ney says: ‘It’s prob­a­bly one of the more dis­tinc­tive ve­hi­cles we have had in our clas­sic car auc­tions, re­cently.

‘Fin­ished in its psy­che­delic paint­work, this lot is prob­a­bly not one for the shy and re­tir­ing col­lec­tor and is def­i­nitely not the sort of van you can lose in a car park!’

The 1957 VW hippy van – not one for the shy and re­tir­ing col­lec­tor.

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