Renowned as the forerunner of the modern cargo or passenger vans, the Volkswagen Type 2 initiated forward control competitors throughout the 1960s, while presenting distinctive styling, versatile configurations, and optional luxurious amenities. This 1972 Volkswagen Type 2 Bus has received an extensive frame-off restoration and a 23-window conversion by Qualicars of Brazil. It was first stripped down to bare metal and refinished with a Lotus White top and a Sage Green body featuring white and grey marine-grade vinyl upholstery. The entire process was photographed and transferred to a flash drive which will accompany the sale. Showing just under 600 km on the odometer since the restoration, this 23-window Volkswagen Bus is now being offered for auction by its seller out of Ohio.
The exterior was stripped down to bare metal and received a complete refinish in two-tone Sage Green and Lotus White with stainless-steel trim. Equipment includes 23 windows with pop-out Safari front windows, hinged side windows, rear corner windows, a retractable cloth sunroof, pivot-hinged side doors, and passenger-side barn-style doors. Additional features include polished door mirrors, paint-matched front and rear bumpers, aluminum and rubber bumper protectors, rear engine cooling vents, two roof-mounted teak wood ski racks, and steel wheels with chrome wheel caps. Detailed images are provided in the gallery.
Inside, the cabin was reupholstered in white and grey marine-grade vinyl including the seating surfaces, door panels, headliner, and dashboard along with new grey carpeting. The cabin features three rows of seating, including a split front bench separated from the rear by a fixed partition. Amenities include an ivory-white imitation steering wheel with a Wolfsburg horn button, a vintage radio updated with Bluetooth and JBL speakers, analog instrumentation, wood grab handles for the passengers, Wolfsburg-crested lap belts, and a basic cabin air vent system. Chrome accents can be found along the gearbox support, handle on the dashboard, and handbrake.
This Type 2 is powered by an air-cooled 1,500cc 4-cylinder engine featuring a single downdraft carburetor. Up to 54 HP is sent to the rear wheels through a 4-speed manual transmission. The seller adds that this vehicle has been serviced by a third-party Volkswagen mechanic, and a compression test was performed along with valve adjustments. The results are shared in the gallery.
This sale will include a clean title, owner’s manuals, sales literature, and a flash drive with photos of the restoration process.