Geelong Sleeping Beauty

17 05 2016

Here is a late bay window kombi we saw last November somewhere in suburbia in Geelong, Australia. It is a Sopru campervan which may have started its life in yellow and was then re-sprayed in light green. Sopru pop-up roof and Sopru roo bars at the front. Front wall panels and bench matrasses in the rear newly upholstered at some point. Furniture in there rear looks a bit self-built, but then I do not know the Sopru conversions in detail. Another customer of “V-Dubs Only“. Looks like put away and waiting for the next holiday season. Hope it has a lot of holiday trips ahead!

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Aireys Billboard Kombi

21 12 2015

Taiga Green late bay campervan used as eye-catcher for the restaurant “The Captain of Aireys” in Aireys Inlet, located between Angle Sea and Lorne on the Great Ocean Road. Rear roo bars look like from a Sopru camper, but the front bars are more massive than the Soprus I have seen so far. The pop-up roof also looks different. Jalousie window with only two tiles, opposite the sliding door. Haven’t seen one of those before. Plastic extensions on the rear air inlets for the engine to get more air funneled into the engine bay, for better cooling. Certainly caught my eye!

 

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South Australian Sopru Camper

14 12 2015

South Australian Sopru Campervan, spotted some weeks ago in Lorne, Victoria, with the evening sun in the background. Color may be Flipper Blue (CLR529). Pretty bad rust at the front mask and at the usual places, but hey, still cruising!

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Kombi Spotting: The Next Generation

9 12 2015

When the four-year-old has become a better VW bus spotter than the parents: Casual comment from the backseat while we were waiting at a traffic light in Geelong, “Look, there is an orange Bulli over there.” And there it was, hidden from our view by other cars, and spotted early enough for daddy to take a snapshot. Very proud of my big girl!

P.S. Beautiful Aussie campervan with pop-up roof, small front roof rack, windscreen visor and the full roo bar set-up with front spare tire. But not sure from which campervan conversion company. Looks different from the Sunliners and Dormobiles I have seen so far, but this type is also quite common down here.

P.S.S. It is a Sopru! Thanks to Bevan and Inheritanceorg for pointing this out. I had learnt about Soprus 18 months ago, see the beautiful Sopru campervan in this older post, but did not make the connection.

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Back in Australia!

10 11 2015

We are back in Australia! Thanks to the generous German parental leave laws we are spending three months in Geelong, visiting family and friends. Beautiful climate change, from the beginning autumn in Berlin into an Australian spring or early summer where temperatures have already been above 30°C in the last few days. And there are still so many more Volkswagen buses on the road here! I saw the green beauty below a few days after our arrival at a local supermarket. I talked to the owner: It is a 1978 Sunliner campervan with the 2L engine. Recently restored with a new paint job in the original color (may be Manilla Green, L63Y), with beautiful details. Sunliner stickers and lines reproduced by a sign writer to fully recreate the original appearance. Heavy Australian roo bars at front and back with spare wheel on the front. Pop-up roof and nice wooden interior with the full campervan kitchen set-up. What a beauty!

PS: Click to this older post for another beautiful Sunliner campervan and some more information on this Melbourne-based Australian campervan maker. Sunliner Motorhomes do not seem to convert Volkswagen buses anymore, but on the “Company/Our Story” site of their web page the founder of the company is portrayed in front of a blue bay window Sunliner kombi.

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An original Silverfish?

29 10 2015

I spotted this VW bus a few weeks ago in Berlin. At the end of the production of the late bay window T2b bus in 1979, Volkswagen produced a special edition called “Lord of Hannover”. It came with the full trim, including a large sunroof and a silver paint job which later triggered the nickname “Silberfisch” (German for Silverfish). This specimen seems to tick all the boxes, including the sun roof. The eyelids over the head lights are a bit nostalgic, but each for their own. The original silverfish was on the cover of my first kombi workshop book (Dieter Korp’s “Jetzt helfe ich mir selber”) which I bought in 1995 – see the cover photo at the end of this blog post. This one here is not a museum piece, but comes with all signs of everyday use, and the interior has been converted to a campervan. Very nice!
PS: Just saw that you can rent a silverfish directly from the classic car section of Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles, click here for some more nice photos and a lot of technical details. Interestingly they call it a replica. I assume they have recreated a silverfish based on a standard late bay window bus.

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Awesome Citroen 2CV Camper

13 09 2015

Now this is a truly awesome miniature campervan: A Citroen 2CV from 1962, in a cool rat-look state, with a self-made campervan conversion which, we were told, is known in the field: The original back lid is rebuilt so that it now closes over a boot extension which allows one person to sleep in the back of the car. The additional back lid at the very end doubles as breakfast table. The owner, a young French man, was on his way back home from a holiday in Poland, together with a friend. We met them on our favourite campsite in Spreewald, south of Berlin. What a cool little car!

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