Volkswagen T1 Samba 23 Window 1961 – SPRZEDANY

Volkswagen T1 Samba jest ikoną stylu. Określa się go jako protoplastę dzisiejszych minivanów, choć po prawdzie był czymś więcej. To najbardziej luksusowa wersja, określana jako Deluxe Microbus – wyposażenie zawierało dwukolorowe malowanie, rozsuwany materiałowy dach, radio, zegarek i niespotykane przeszklenie, obejmujące 23 okna. Legenda głosi, że wersja powstała, by turyści mogli podziwiać krajobrazy Alp… choć prawda jest taka, że pomysł był idealnie trafiony i doskonale przyjął się na amerykańskim rynku, uwielbiany przez hippisów i surferów.

Przedstawiony samochód został przygotowany na aukcję, która odbędzie się 17 stycznia w Arizonie. Odrestaurowany jest perfekcyjnie, choć wśród purystów akceptacji nie wzbudzi silnik 1,5 l, który w ofercie pojawił się kilka lat później. Posiadanie 50 KM zamiast fabrycznych 30 KM robi sporą różnicę w codziennej eksploatacji, choć według współczesnych miar i tak jest to samochód wolny i głośny… lecz nie w tym jego siła.

To auto, które budzi sentymenty. Choć nigdy nie było produkowanym w niskiej serii unikatem, ceny stale rosną. Oczekiwana kwota wysokości 90-120 tys. dolarów pokazuje, że Amerykanie gotowi są słono płacić za ożywienie swoich wspomnień.


Link: http://rmauctions.com/lots/lot.cfm?lot_id=1064424
Sprzedany za 82500 USD.

Lot 78
1961 Volkswagen ’23-Window’ De Luxe Station Wagon
To be auctioned on Friday, January 17, 2014
Without Reserve
$90,000 – $120,000
Chassis no. 704734

50 bhp, 1,493 cc four-cylinder air-cooled engine, four-speed manual transmission, front transverse torsion bars with trailing arms, rear swing axle with trailing arms, and hydraulic front and rear drum brakes. Wheelbase: 94.5 in.

The most desirable iteration of a Volkswagen icon
Beautifully restored and in spectacular condition
Features the rare “walk-through” interior

Soon after it appeared on American shores in 1950, Volkswagen’s station wagon, or “bus” as it came to be known, proved to sell very well in the United States, forcing the Big Three to introduce a host of imitators. With its split-window front windscreen and a multitude of windows, it quickly became sought-after by an entire generation of surfers and members of the flower-power culture, and it is often considered to be the forerunner of the ubiquitous minivans of today.

The most desirable derivative of Volkswagen’s station wagon is the 23-Window De Luxe variant, which has eight additional skylight windows and a sunroof. This provided a near open-air driving experience for the passengers and driver, as well as virtually unhindered 360-degree visibility, making it easy to place on the road. Volkswagen marketed the 23-window station wagon as the model that offered just as much luxury as it did practicality. These vehicles were marketed towards both private customers and businesses, as they had lots of room for transporting people and luggage and accessing the rear seats was made easy by a pair of suicide-style doors on its passenger side.

This car was sold new in California, where it has lived for the majority of its life, and it was the perfect specimen for a full restoration. It has recently been fully restored in two-tone Sealing Wax Red and white, and it drives as beautifully as it looks. Elevating this 1963 23-Window De Luxe Station Wagon to an even higher level is its walk-through front seats, rather than the standard bench seat, as these seats are a rare and desirable option. This Volkswagen is also offered with all its original keys, an original owner’s manual, and an original sales brochure for the VW station wagon models of 1961.

As the generation that grew up with many fond memories of the Volkswagen bus is starting to be more active in the auction community, the beloved 23-window busses are becoming quite desirable. On the open road, this vehicle will surely elicit nothing but smiles from passersby for its characteristic style and its fantastic condition. As stated by the 1961 brochure, “Where good impressions are important…choose the De Luxe Station Wagon.”