'63 VW Combi - Most Expensive Combi Auction

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    Oct 19, 2014 7:05 PM GMT
    Who wouldn't love to own this rare 23-window VW camper? Looks like someone really wanted it.



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    Oct 19, 2014 7:30 PM GMT
    That really is lovely. But that isn't a camper model, usually referred in Volkswagonese as a Westfalia. It doesn't have the lift-up roof.

    I owned a 1986 camper, really nice. Still with the flat four in the rear, but by then water cooled, and with factory air. This isn't mine, but the same color. I camped all over Texas in this thing, the Hill Country, Corpus Christi, South Padre Island, also Oklahoma and Arkansas:

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    Oct 19, 2014 9:22 PM GMT
    Oops. The lack of sink, cooler or bed sort of give it away as well.

    I just watched a great road trip, in a restored VW, on YouTube. US1 from Fort Kent to Key West. This series covers Fort Kent to the Mason Dixon Line. I think they are heading to your neck of the woods next, Art. I'm still trying to work out why they didn't replace the front VW badge, btw. Oh, and where on earth was that guy's accent ("rote construction") in the opening Chevy ad from?



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    Oct 19, 2014 9:41 PM GMT
    Ex_Mil8 saidWho wouldn't love to own this rare 23-window VW camper? Looks like someone really wanted it.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a05hYEqF_Dw

    I'm thinking that those didn't make it to the US. Although I have seen a few with the little windows around the top. My grandparents had the pop-top style that Art refers to. Seriously underpowered though.
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    Oct 19, 2014 10:29 PM GMT
    Ex_Mil8 saidOops. The lack of sink, cooler or bed sort of give it away as well.

    I just watched a great road trip, in a restored VW, on YouTube. US1 from Fort Kent to Key West. This series covers Fort Kent to the Mason Dixon Line. I think they are heading to your neck of the woods next, Art. I'm still trying to work out why they didn't replace the front VW badge, btw. Oh, and where on earth was that guy's accent ("rote construction") in the opening Chevy ad from?

    My own Westfalia camper did not have the entire kitchenette, with sink, burners and fridge. That took up too much space.

    There was an alternate US model in 1986, which still had the pop-up roof with the bed up there, but not the kitchen stuff. Instead, there was a rear-facing seat right behind the driver. Under which was a big storage space. And behind the front passenger seat was a plug-in refrigerator, about the size of an ice cooler. It was both 12V and 120V. Removable, so we could use it in the house.

    And had its own 12V automotive battery under the passenger seat, charged by the engine in back. So the fridge ran when the van was parked, without drawing on the main vehicle battery.

    The floor in back was vinyl, not carpeted, which actually was great when camping, you just swept it out. And it still had the full curtains around all the windows, and the lockers in back for clothes.

    Damn, I do miss that thing, only had it for 2 years before I was compelled (by the wife) to get a conventional passenger car. I camped with it on South Padre Island (actually driving it onto the beach). at Lake Corpus Christi, at the Corpus Christi NAS, at Canyon Lake, at Garner State Park in the Hill Country, on Lake Taxoma in Oklahoma, the list very long. Gawd, I do love camping.