Volk­swa­gen T2

Classic Car Weekly (UK) - - Contents - David Simister

ENGINE 1584cc/flat-4/OHV POWER 57bhp@4400rpm TORQUE 81.7lb ft@3000rpm TOP SPEED 65mph 0-60MPH 37.1sec FUEL CON­SUMP­TION 20-25mpg TRANS­MIS­SION RWD, four-speed manual MoT 12 months from sale ODOMETER 58,434 miles

WHAT’S IT LIKE TO DRIVE?

Once you’ve mas­tered the im­pre­cise gearchanges – which, in­ci­den­tally, are just as they should be on a VW ‘bay’ camper of this vintage – this T2 is a fine ex­am­ple to drive. There’s a healthy throb from the re­con­di­tioned flat-four engine with no misfires or splut­ters – the engine is char­ac­ter­is­ti­cally cor­rect. The steer­ing is nei­ther vague or sloppy and the drum brakes don’t jud­der or pull you off course. There are no creaks or knocks from the sus­pen­sion, ei­ther – just about the only noise you might not be ex­pect­ing is a metal­lic rat­tle from the camping fit­tings be­hind you.

BODY­WORK CHECK

The two-tone Cool Blue and Dunes Cream paint­work is in ex­cel­lent con­di­tion through­out, with an even fin­ish and no signs of over­spray or mi­crob­lis­ter­ing. The panel gaps are even and con­sis­tent and the front and rear bumpers are the pe­ri­od­cor­rect white rather than af­ter­mar­ket chrome. The lights work cor­rectly and are free of scratches or scuffs, and there are no marks or haz­ing to the wind­screen and win­dow glass. There’s plenty of tread on all four tyres, and there’s no kerb­ing da­m­age to the steel wheels or chrome hub­caps.

HOW’S THE IN­TE­RIOR?

We don’t of­ten have to check out a re­frig­er­a­tor dur­ing a

Chas­ing Cars piece, but we’re pleased to re­port that this one’s in­tact and works cor­rectly, as are some re­cently fit­ted charg­ing points with three-pin sock­ets and USB ports. The roof is in good con­di­tion and rises as in­tended, and there are no scuffs or marks to the bleached wood fit­tings. It’s a sim­i­lar story up front, where the car­pets, switches and body-coloured metal dash­board are in ex­cel­lent con­di­tion. Just about the only nig­gle we could find was a miss­ing el­e­ment from the left-hand dial on the in­stru­ment bin­na­cle, but that’s an easy fix from a spe­cial­ist.

UN­DER THE BON­NET

The 1.6-litre hor­i­zon­tally op­posed engine is so free of grime and dust that looks as though it was in­stalled by Volk­swa­gen’s en­gi­neers yes­ter­day. There are no signs of any flu­ids seep­ing out, the bat­tery and all of the aux­il­iary com­po­nents are in ex­cel­lent con­di­tion, and the body­work around the engine is in good, cor­ro­sion-free con­di­tion. The camper comes with the added re­as­sur­ance of a pho­to­graphic record of its restora­tion.

THE CCW VIEW

This T2 has been su­perbly re­stored and the flat-four engine has been re­con­di­tioned, so it should prove a no-brainer if you’re look­ing for a trou­ble­free clas­sic to go camping with this sum­mer. It’s not the cheap­est one out there, but we reckon the con­di­tion and the record of its restora­tion makes it well worth a look.

EX­TE­RIOR Ex­cel­lent re­stored con­di­tion IN­TE­RIOR Awning works cor­rectly Trim in good con­di­tion ME­CHAN­I­CALS Re­con­di­tioned engine Drives well

Re­con­di­tioned engine means it’s ready to en­joy.

Ev­ery­thing works, in­clud­ing the camping equip­ment.

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