|Me and the fam in 'Babs the bus
On Friday the 9th of March 2012 i became the proud owner of this VW 'Early Bay' T2 Transporter, converted by Danbury in Chelmsford in '71 into a camper van after originally coming of the Wolfsburg production line in Germany in 1970.
After studying the extensive paper work that came with the bus i have already learnt a lot more of its history but hope to do an exhaustive 'forensic' study of its history later (The parts invoices alone are the thickness of a telephone directory).
|Lots of reading material came with the bus, they all have a lovely '70's smell!
Very exciting to find all the original sales literature: handbook, original service books and hand typed layout plan by Danbury of the interior and its many lay out configurations.
|Babs in her raw, untouched state
|The T25, more blocky than a T2 but still very cool, i still want one!
However our wonderful neighbour Barbara (Hence the name change, Barbara called her Spitfire 'cos of the lovely noise she makes) who previously owned the bus kindly offered us a shared ownership arrangement....she gave me a set of keys, put me on the insurance and together we shared running costs. Was so excited when she was prepared to sell, i knew it was a difficult decision because she loves her so much, however we continue to share her and Barbara is looking forward to going to Latitude Festival and the Alive & V Dubbin VW club meet in her this summer so that took the 'sting' out of her decision!
|16,000 GENUINE MILES, AND SINCE 1994 WITH A RECON ENGINE MEANS SHE IS ONLY REALLY JUST RUN IN!
BABS GOOD POINTS :
*Road Tax exempt 'heritage/classic' vehcile
*Untouched and unmolested. Not lowered or pimped up in any way ; original tape cassette stereo, Danbury interior with pop top roof.
*Three owners from new. Original owner from Essex had her from '71
to 2004, two more owners since then.
*Extensive paper work and all original documents prove she has been much loved.
*Instant membership of the 'cool club', grins of delight from schoolchildren and driving it very much acts as an anti depressant without any side effects.
*Always starts and has only broken down on me once and Barbara whose had her for several years has only had a couple of breakdowns and she has been used almost everyday.
*Always got somewhere dry and a proper bed to sleep in at Festivals.
BABS BAD POINTS :
*She's a little crinkly around the edges, but for a 40 year old she's still pretty gorgeous and nothing a bit of welding cant fix. (See post : job list)
*25 miles per gallon, but with my heavy foot its probably more like over thirty. Could be improved with a new carb set up or LPG conversion, but she will always be thirsty.
•Risk of turning into a vw bore/nerd (to late already perhaps)
*Er, that's it.
|£1,484 new in 1971! Wish i had a time machine!
|Below is Barbara's 'birth certificate helpfully decoded from the very handy site http://vw-mplate.com. Although wierdly it lists planned production date May 1972, however the reg docs all indicate she is from 1971.
|Type 2 (T2) mod. 234(0) :
- Sliding door left
|Planned production date
|Thursday, 25 May 1972
|Number for production planning
(temporary serial number)
|Type of engine
|Type 1 (AD) - 1584cc, 37 kW (50 bhp DIN)
|Type of transmission
|Manual 4-speed gearbox
|Interior color (doorpanels and seats)
|51 - Dark Beige Leatherette