Restored Samba

9 01 2012

A T1 Samba bus, spotted at a garage in Geelong. Looks like restoration has just been completed. Wonderfully done, including beautiful new upholstery inside. I particularly like the red trim strip. Wonder whether this was an original color coming with this green and crème paint job? I know this model with the eight small skylight windows as the Samba. Just searched on Wikipedia (click here) and found that it is apparently also called the “sunroof deluxe” or, based on the number of windows, the 23-window. Or apparently in Australia the “Alpine” (see link above). The Wiki entry on Sambas states that they were built since 1951 (click here). With this one, the rear door is not yet the same as on the T2s, which makes it a pre-1964 model. The engine lid is smaller than in the early barndoor T1s (1955 or younger) and it has indicators (instead of semaphors in the B column – from 1960 on). So a model from between 1960 and 1964. Anyone out there who can further narrow it down? The front split screen features Safari windows which can fold outwards and upwards. Great bus. There must be one happy VW bus owner in Geelong right now.

PS, February 2012:
Here are some more snapshots of the interior. Hope you will enjoy!



3 responses

9 01 2012

Reblogged this on Bandwagen and commented:
Nice bus!

2 08 2013
1956 Samba with Matching Trailer | Campervan Crazy

[…] later, after they became available in 1960 (some snapshots of another beautiful 23-window Samba here). The trailer started its life as a hearse and has now been re-sprayed in matching colors and […]

27 12 2017

Between August 1961 (start of big rear lights with separate indicators) and May 1963 (end of narrow tailgate and corner windows)

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