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- Sky Blue
- Seller: streetsidenc
- Phone: 866-542-8392
Is there any vehicle with as many stories to tell as the VW Microbus? Camper, transporter, pickup truck, house on wheels, tour guide, whatever it is, the VW Bus has done it all. This recently restored 1964 Volkswagen Microbus Deluxe is a wonderful way to grab all that history and keep it for yourself, and its curb appeal is off-the-charts. Imported from Brazil, this Split-Window was restored twice, first in South America, where it was fully restored, and then again in South Carolina, where it was perfected into a 23-Window show-stopper by some of the best VW experts on the planet. The results speak for themselves, and although we won't have the chance to espouse all this VW's virtues in this limited space, we hope you take a closer look because this is one of the coolest Transporters on the market.
It's not often you see a classic car restored twice over a couple of years, but that's exactly what happened here. Born as a 15-Window Deluxe Samba Microbus in Sao Paulo, this Transporter was refurbished by an individual restorer in 2021. That individual rebuilt it from the floors up, replacing sheet metal where necessary while adding subfloor supports and new flooring to stabilize the Bus. He also built the accompanying trailer. When the Bus was imported into the States, the next owner wanted to take it to the next level, so he put it in the professional hands at Reborn Custom and Classics. Those boys know their way around classic VWs, Buses in particular, and they took this 1964 and turned it up to '11' during a comprehensive restoration completed in early 2023. First, they went over every inch, improving the bodywork and replacing sheet metal (the front mustache and practically all of the sheet metal on the front clip is new, and all the windows were replaced/retrimmed/resealed). They added a "clear story" 8-Window Samba roof, a ragtop sunroof, and functional cyclops light up top – transforming this beauty into the most desirable of all VW Transporters: a 23-Window Samba Splittie. After the bodywork was set straight, the gaps were evened up, and all new glass and seals were installed, the builders then coated this beauty with layer after layer of Sky Blue over Arctic White paint. It's the perfect, period-correct color combination for a Bus that was born to hog everyone's attention, and all the work was completed to a very high standard. Everything's still fresh, with only 1408km logged since the first restoration was completed in Brazil, and the paint still looks so new it almost looks wet. Although a professional cut-and-buff would bring it close, it's not a perfect show queen.
Nevertheless, it's dialed in as a high-end driver that could easily bring home some serious trophies. Those American-spec bumpers are original – restored with new rubber and painted in Arctic White – and incredibly cool add-ons like the oversized side mirrors, roof rack, surfboard, and passenger's side step bar are practical pieces that add to the killer look. All the chrome and brightwork was refinished and shined up beautifully, including the giant VW emblem up front, and the bright molding that encircles the body and accents the front of the roof was punctuated with a blue pinstripe inside to help split the Kombi's two colors and make the overall presentation POP. And yes, the trailer goes with the sale.
The interior is where these vehicles shine, with so many people spending the better part of their lives inside these VWs. With a spacious cabin right on the heels of a comprehensive restoration, it offers great colors and spacious accommodations for passengers, and everything inside is new. Three rows of bench seats can transport the extended family, and the two-tone upholstery complements the exterior with highly durable vinyl surfaces that will last practically forever. Matching side panels and door panels give it a finished look, and the custom headliner overhead and tough carpets underneath keep everything cozy and authentic inside. The front bench offers a commanding view of the road completely free of obstructions, and the bus-like driving position is comfortable on long trips, which is what these buses were designed for. Cronomac gauges look new inside that gorgeous Arctic White dash, the stock steering wheel was restored to match, and although that looks like a refinished radio, it's an excellent "dummy plate." In addition to all the added storage space inside the trailer (cut from an '80 T2 Bus), there's a nicely upholstered package shelf/storage area atop the engine bay that's often used as a bed, a space for 'alternative herbal reflection', or whatever else floats your boat.
As you might expect, the drivetrain was completely restored, starting with the original 1493cc Flat-4 (aka 1500) manufactured in Brazil and then rebuilt during the Kobi's first restoration. Recently, the engine was professionally cleaned, the carburetor was rebuilt, everything was tuned-up, the Bus got a new ignition, starter, distributor, and coil, and the electrical system was converted to 12 volts and completely reworked by a VW Master Mechanic here in the States. It's running great even without huge power (at 51HP, these were never built to be speedsters), shifts smoothly via a 4-speed manual, and sounds fantastic through its upgraded burbling dual exhaust system. The underside is in incredibly good condition, painted to match the top of the Bus and featuring new components throughout, while the rolling stock rides atop white steelies wrapped in 195/75/14 Coker whitewalls adorned with proper VW hubcaps to match the trailer.
Beautifully restored (twice) and ready to show off with great pride, this 23-Window Splittie beauty is ready to hit the road and see the world. Call today!