Auction Ended:

Monday, 12 October, 2020 - 17:00

Lot Status:

Still for sale.

1972 Volkswagen Westfalia Camper

The Westfalia camper – everything including the kitchen sink

In 1947, the idea for a Volkswagen Bus was born when Dutch importer Ben Pon saw the motorised trolleys used to transport parts around a VW factory in Wolfsburg. This led to a sketch of a Beetle-based van resembling a box on wheels. A year later Heinz Nordhoff, VW Chief Executive, took on the idea and the VW Kombi launched at the Geneva Motor Show in November 1949. Production started in March 1950 and for the next four decades, the basic design remained the same – roughly 5 million buses were produced over that time. The uncomplicated design meant VW was able to turn out 90 body configurations including bakkies, fire engines, ambulances, wagons, ice cream vans and, of course, campervans.

Various outfits jumped on the camper wagon with perhaps the most famous name, Westfalia-Werke, kicking off its VW camper versions in 1951. Known as the Westfalia (derived from the Westphalia region in Germany), it immediately proved extremely popular and evolved with the Volkswagen Kombi through the years (the last VW Westy hit the campgrounds in 2003). Westfalia Campers were available from Volkswagen dealers worldwide and were also delivered via the Tourist Delivery Program whereby a customer would pick up their new van in Germany, drive it in Europe, and then VW would ship it to the customer's home.

Standard equipment included fold-out seats/beds, birch plywood interior panels, cabinetry for storage, ice box, sink, water storage and pump, electrical points, curtains, Venetian blinds and a laminated folding table. If more home-away-from-home was needed, there was an extensive optional extras list such as attached ‘pop up’ tops with canvas/screen sides, awnings and side tents, a portable chemical toilet, camping stove, child’s cot in the driver cab, dash-mounted map table and more storage boxes matching the interior panels.

This Example

This is a 1972 bay window version that underwent a complete body and mechanical restoration two years ago. The intention was to use it for the reason it was made – travelling – so some creature comforts including aircon and power-steering were added while the engine capacity was increased to 2 litres. Two batteries, two battery chargers and a solar panel operate the electricals and if needed the Westy can plug into any camp site electrical point.

The beautiful interior is for the most part original, except a freezer has been added, as has a passenger seat with headrest. The original seat is included in the sale and so too is the original side tent. A new ‘pop up’ canvas was imported while the original bed, overhead stretcher bed and cabin hammock are in top shape and functioning perfectly. 20 000km have been covered since the restoration with any teething issues ironed out and documented in a logbook. A cool, practical and beautiful example of one of the most collectable bay window buses.

This example is available for viewing by appointment in Johannesburg

Contact Gareth for more details: Tel: (021) 462 3558 - E-mail:


Bidding Information - 1972 Volkswagen Westfalia Camper

Estimated Price Range:

R 400,000.00 - R 500,000.00

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Start Date:

Monday, 05 October, 2020 - 12:00

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Monday, 12 October, 2020 - 17:00

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Special Features

Recently restored

Quick Facts

Reference: LOT-000034
Seller: Private
Year: 1972
Manufacturer: Volkswagen
Model: Westfalia Camper
Derivative: -
Service History: Partial
Mileage: 21,000 Km
Engine Size: 2,000cc
Engine Type: Flat four cylinder
Fuel Type: Petrol
Transmission: 4 Manual
Layout: Rear engine - Rear wheel drive
Power Output: 1 BHP
Exterior: White
Interior: Beige

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