It’s not too often a VW bus pops up on eBay with a mere 28,000 miles on the odometer and even less often that such a bus would include a double cab pickup body. But, from time to time, even the least likely things do happen. In just 6 days, an auction will close on a 1969 VW Transporter double cab pickup, which by all accounts looks to be in magnificent condition.
Let the bidding madness begin.
Truth be told, traditional VW vans can be found roaming the streets of most cities in America. Pickup versions, on the other hand, were subject to the same 25% Chicken Tariff that effectively destroyed importation of foreign light trucks into the United States and, as a result, were much more expensive to buy. And unlike Subaru, which shrewdly added jumper seats into the Brat’s pickup bed to avoid the tariff, Volkswagen made no attempt to water down the company’s truck variant. So we don’t see too many of them.
Sure, other examples have popped up on eBay over the years, but few could claim to be in such good shape. The seller states that “All controls and gauges work. Yes even the heater!! Odometer shows only 28,512 miles and we believe that to be correct. Engine and drive train are all original and correct. The 1600 engine has had no modifications what so ever and was refreshed in 2007. It still wears the factory oil bath air cleaner, vacuum advance distributor and exhaust system…”
Aside from a light restoration job, changing the paint to Neptune Blue and polishing up the interior, this looks like a nearly original vehicle which could make a nice daily driver. The problem is that we’re talking about an engine which likely produces about 50 horsepower. Most people who are looking for more power either choose to do a complete engine swap, with a newer VW model for example, or add a few gizmos to improve breathability on the current infrastructure. As we all know, modifying or restoring vintage cars is a balancing act between cost, reliability, and performance.
All in all, this is a really nice specimen. It’s easy to appreciate the vehicle’s simple, clean design and utter disregard for personal safety. Our hats are collectively off to the first owner, who initially ignored all rationality by purchasing an overpriced, underpowered hauler and secondly had the moxie to ensure its survival.
eBay Motors Blog: http://www.ebaymotorsblog.com/1969-volkswagen-transporter-double-cab/