The VW camper & Microbus are icons of 60s and 70s automotive counter culture. Their popularity with college students and families during those years has endeared them to many and subsequently in recent years the campers and buses have appreciated in value.
The first generation VW bus was produced from 1950 to 1967 as a simple forward control, split windshield, air-cooled rear engine, mini-bus. Besides the standard panel van and passenger haulers, a number of interesting variants were built including a pickup truck with fold down sides, the camper and the rare 23-window, sliding roof Samba.
The campers featured here are the more substantial 2nd generation body style with more power, “bay window” windshield and improved interior amenities. Production started in 1968 and continued in the North American market until 1979, when it was replaced by the Vanagon.
As you can see from our shop photos the VW bus body was prone to rust in the rear quarters, the front step well and the rocker panels. Often times a small spot of rust bubbling through on the paint is a sign of more extensive corrosion beneath the surface. When the previous layers of paint are removed we often discover hidden substandard plastic or fiberglass repairs. If possible, we cut out all corroded metal back to the shiny solid metal that will accept a weld. If the panel is beyond repair, we can find a replacement panel from our network of suppliers, or fabricate one if needed.
Here at Greg’s Restorations we think the VW Camper and Microbus is a great vintage car for those with a sense of adventure. Nothing like getting away from it all in a tiny mobile home.