Josu – 1971 VW T2 Double Cab/Doka/Crew Cab/Pick Up

I have spent 4 years searching for a double cab and finally found one when I least expected to.

I had been in San Diego visiting my brother and his girlfriend and was looking at options to buy one in the USA. They were all more expensive there but as most I looked at online were in dry states they were in pretty decent condition.

I looked at a 1971 called Bob north of San Diego whilst there and took for a test drive.. The guy was asking 10k in USD too much so I returned to France and gave up the search…

I saw an advert online one day and clicked the photo in the advert and on first sight it looked reat.. so I booked a fight to Madrid and then on to Las Palmas in Gran Canaria..

Josu was selling 2 double cabs and a VW 181 Thing s I test drove all 3 and decided to come away with the 1971 neptune blue ‘Josu’

After a 2 day ferry from GC to Huelva I drove 2 days across Spain and along the south of France back to Antibes..

Josu drove great, no issues and was a plaasure to drive.. long fooking drive tho!!

So I now have my dream car..

Info:

1971 VW T2a Double Cab

Restored by Spanish owner in 2015/2016.

New 1600 cc engine and it had only covered 1500km since renovating.

New interior seat covers… All metal work welded and made as new

The DC was originally owned by a post man and imported from factory in Germany to GC. Had raised suspension and special gear box for mountainous driving.

Huge list of new parts from guy I bought it from.. its in amazing condition..

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Dennis – 1969 VW T2 Tintop Microbus

I sold my variant and had been looking for a double cab for more than 3 years and not found a DC anywhere in right condition, for right price…

I saw on ebay in UK a 1969 California import to UK and got pn a plane to Norwich to see it.

32 hour drive later I was back in south of France with my new investment.

The car was a 1969 tintop, it was originally an 8 seater microbus when in left the factory but the guy I had bought it from had registered it only as a 5 seater. It had been lowered as well and for 5 months I drive it around but it bottomed out everytime I went out in it so I ended up switching the lowered spindles to original ones…

You can see the difference between the 1971 Westfalia – Bob and my 1969 Dennis.. both have own qualities!

Video is at:

Info on it:

HISTORY

Bus was imported from California to UK in 2014 so very dry and rust free and was renovated in 2015 in UK by a professional.

It is now registered on French Carte Grise Collection, immatriculation Francaise with controle technique til 06/2021 with FFVE certificate.

The bodywork is in excellent condition with new deluxe chrome trim, all window seals are new and it has a new paint job and underneath it is solid, dry and rust free!

Blank canvas inside. The rear is empty and I use it to transport my kayak or go camping.

Front seas and carpets all in excellent condition with new Wolfsburg seat belts up front

DETAILS

Fitted with 1641cc single port which pulls really nicely
Engle 110 cam
Single Weber 36 IDF
Vintage Speed Exhaust which has a fantastic sound
Electronic Ignition
Alternator

Dropped Spindles 
Beam adjuster 
Adjustable rear spring plates

Short shifter

Church key for fuel flap

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Rita – 1972 VW Variant 1600LE Squareback

I decided to invest what money I had in the bank in a Type 3 VW which I found in Spain near Valencia.

I really enjoyed owning this squareback for just over a year and used it to take my kayak to the beach at sunrise.. great running engine, great on motorway, no issues with it in time I had it.

It was a USA Specification 1600 fuel injection, was a blast to own and drive and I only sold it as I wanted the more upright seating position of a T2 early bay.

So with heavy heart I sold it to a guy from NE France…

Info:

1972 Volkswagen Squareback (Variant 1600LE) Type 3
Special USA edition
Car was kept in Spain and had restoration in 2005. Current owner purchased in 2017 from owner in Spain where it was only used 30km maximum each week just to keep engine running..

CAR DETAILS:
• Finished in Royal Red (originally car was pastel white).
• It was restored in 2005 and still remains in excellent condition both inside and outside the car!
• It has the Injection 1584 c.c. engine, 54 hp eg 1600LE
• TMI upholstery inside with new carpets and seat covers etc..
• It has a Flat 4 roof rack.
• Original Westfalia tow hitch.
• Period Australian external metal sunvisor.
• Door handle shields.
• Wegu mud flaps.
• Window chrome vent trims.
• Period under dash parcel tray.
• Kamei central black parcel tray.
• Chrome rubber bumper guards.
• Sprint Star wheels.
• Blaupunkt radio.
• CD player hidden inside glove box.
• Rear seat accessory head rests.
• Rear seat belts.
• Car comes in box of spares and copy of full parts lists for original car and also VW Certificate confirming car and also the original ITV stamps from its controls

Videos of car can be seen at:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1WFDfKh-sSo
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KPU-hSXrMQQ
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u1gp07-Xu6s

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VW Beetles – my teens

My first job after leaving school was with the BBC in Shepherds Bush. I used to get a 797 bus from Hatfield into London and get off at Marble Arch and then a tube to Shepherds Bush.

One day as the bus was going thru Mill Hill I spotted a white VW beetle convertible at the Porsche garage.. instant love!

So I went straight to Barclays and arranged a loan and the next day I bought it!

I will never forget the rush driving the beetle along the A1 back to Hatfield that first day!

I have fond memories of that bug and driving round town with my mates..

It wasnt an original convertible and had been converted so when I found out it needed some welding to make it more sound I decided to sell it.. the photo above is the day I sold it..

Luckily my mum saw a beetle in Hampstead for sale and I bought that one..

A 1302s with bored out 1600 engine and 15 inch, 235 VR rated wheels, kadron exhaust and wooden steering wheel.

A great car as you can see and I used to commute up and down A1 between Ealing and Hatfield in it!! #happydays

One day I was driving into work in London and as I approached the traffic lights at Hendon Central a Daimler in front of me started going through the lights as they went orange as I followed. But he saw a police car coming towards him on the other side and stopped. As he had ABS he stopped but I didnt and went into back of him..

The car was knackered.. a sad day and I decided to scrap it as it would cost more to repair that I paid for it..

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VW – Slyties Restoration Mougins

 

August 2016:

So I have the camper but I cant use it and I need to sort a starter motor issue and I search down here in Antibes for a VW specialist to use who can be trusted and who wont rip me off…

So I first try Patrick at Vw Bugs in Vallauris who was recommended by someone. I go see him on my scooter and he quotes e 500 euros to service the van without seeing it.. a non starter!

Then I dig around on Google and find 69campers.com near Lake Cassien and get to know Matt the owner.. Great guy who rents out T1, T2 and T5 campers down here. He does all his own servicing and restoring and also tells me about Mechatechnic and VW Heritage for parts etc.. great contact!!

I mention to Matt about my starter issues and he tells me to contact a guy called Sylvain who is based near Mougins.

So I head to Mougins and Sylvain spends 3 hours looking at the starter issue and finally solves it for me.. what a top guy! His workshop is full of Karman Ghias, beetles, Porsche 914 and he has a huge assortment of VW’s outside..

A fantastic bloke, honest and my new buddy!

I also meet other VW owners and so starts my networking down here with other VW bods!!

Happy days!

His website is http://slytiesrestoration.wixsite.com/slyties-restoration

Definitely a trustworthy and honest VW specialist!! The one to use!

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