Pick of the Day: 1972 VW camper bus equipped with Porsche power

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The Volkswagen Type 2 was and forever will be the quintessential camper bus, beloved by hippies and other counter-culture types, veterans of a zillion Grateful Dead festivals and honored guests at any VW collector car gathering. 

The Pick of the Day is something of an oddball, a 1972 VW Type 2 camper bus that has been enhanced with such things as a 2.0-liter Porsche 914 flat-4 engine, a large solar panel on top, and a tall composite roof to boost interior space. 

“This is a truly awesome VW Bus that is powered by a Porsche engine, rides on Porsche wheels which are wrapped in new tires,” says the Kentwood, Michigan, dealer advertising the VW on ClassicCars.com. “It has a full-size bed and plenty of other cool features.”

Vintage campers and other such outdoors vehicles have become enormously popular among younger collectors because of their fun usability, either for getting away from it all or joining in at Burning Man-style gatherings of the clan.

This bus is of the second-generation of VW microbuses known as “bay windows” because of their broad, curved, one-piece windshields, compared with the two-piece split glass of the iconic first-gen buses, which are more desirable and thus more valuable.


But this camper would be more practical for cross-country travel than the originals.  The air-cooled Porsche engine was factory rated at 99 horsepower, still not a whole lot but certainly beefier than the 60 horsepower of the 1.6-liter VW original, making it more viable for modern highway driving and such things as climbing steep grades.

The engine was rebuilt five years ago, the seller says, and it runs strong.

The dealer describes the VW as an “adventure bus,” and while the title of the ad refers to it as a Westfalia, I’m not too certain that it was actually built by the German company, which was retained by Volkswagen for camper conversions and generally uses pop-up roof designs among its signature features rather than a lofty roof addition like this one.


Still, this camper looks like a great way to hit the open road and get back to nature in style and comfort.  It’s also quite attractive in its unique repaint and graphic treatment, and the bright chrome VW emblem on its nose.  

“Originally coming from Utah, this bus is painted in a sweet turquoise color which is complemented by a white extended height top,” the seller says in the ad. “The increased height of the roof makes the interior significantly more spacious and leaves plenty of room for the full-size bed, recently replaced stove, sink and refrigerator.

“A solar panel has been mounted on the roof which supplies power for the auxiliary battery. Also installed is an aftermarket audio system complete with Bluetooth compatible radio.”

The asking price for this interesting VW camper is $29,900.

To view this vehicle on ClassicCars.com, see Pick of the Day

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