1963 Volkswagen 23-Window Microbus With Trailer
The Volkswagen Transporter debuted at the 1949 Geneva Auto Show, and by the time production ended in Brazil in December 2013, more than nine million had been built. Among the most desirable of these long-lived vehicles is the first-generation “split-window” Transporter, so-named for its two-piece windshield, which was produced from 1950 until 1967 and first sold in the United States in 1952.
The Volkswagen Transporter effortlessly became an enduring classic. Hippies, campers, and eventually collectors have coveted these vehicles for over 60 years, and now one of the rarer models is now up for auction on Sotheby’s.
This Volkswagen 23-Window version of the Volkswagen Bus was originally developed for touring the Swiss Alps and taking in the views. It has a window roof for panoramic views and split window safari windshield so you can feel the wind running through your beard. The original engine in these vans was pretty underpowered, so the owner decided to upgrade with a 50 horsepower 1585cc flat-4.
The VW and its trailer were mechanically and cosmetically restored once more in his ownership, including a renewed interior with matching luggage.
Included in the auction is a super rare 1967 Eriba Puck camping trailer. Only five of these have survived all these years, which is a real shame considering how much cool stuff they came packed with. The trailer has a two burner propane stove, sink, dining table, a pop-up roof, and twin beds. Everything you need for your next adventure.
The owner notes that the Microbus won People’s Choice at its first show this past September “by a landslide.”