|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.|
|Model||Type 2 (T2) mod. 234(0) :
- Sliding door left
|Serial number||122 282|
|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