Astonishing the throngs crowded into the auction tent, an immaculate Volkswagen microbus sold for more money than any of the muscle and classic cars at the Barrett-Jackson auction.
1962 Volkswagen Type 2 23-Window Samba Bus Custom, Price 110,000 USD
This 62 23 Split Window Samba bus was used by the DMR back in the late 60's through to the 70's. Hammered Sold at $100,000 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $110,000 at Barrett-Jackson Palm Beach 2011. Orange, White top/White vinyl with Black piping; Recent restoration, 2- condition, Body color wheels with whitewall tires, radio, vintage luggage on roof rack. Scratches in window glass, interior unworn but soiled. Good chrome but with scratches in stainless trim. Painted trim pitted and body wavy with nice paint. Underside painted black. A very nice driver but not overly impressive. This is staggering money, even if this Samba were over-the-top restored and spotless.
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1963 Volkswagen 23 window Samba bus, Price 217,800 USD
Barrett-Jackson Orange County Auction 2011. Competing bidders steamrolled the bids for the 1963 split-window, deluxe Samba transporter van to $217,800, including bidder fees, to put on record the highest price paid for a VW bus at auction. This 23 window deluxe sunroof bus is the ultimate VW. This was a 7 year long high end restoration. This bus is the rare original color scheme of Mouse Grey and Pearl White. Every part on this bus was completely rebuilt and detailed to the highest level possible. The interior has a German mohair headliner, original German balsamic grey interior, all original latches, handles ashtrays and luggage rails restored to perfection.
1963 Volkswagen 21 window Samba bus, Price 110,000 USD
Final Price $110,000 at Barrett-Jackson Las Vegas 2010. This particular VW 21-window Samba Bus with body paint black and white, cloth sunroof was owned by the same West Covina, California family for over 20-years. It was purchased from the estate of the family Patriarch who recently passed away. The restoration of this bus is exceptional throughout. The family pride and tender loving care has kept this bus in the sensational condition. This bus features gleaming chrome components, great interior, crisp and clean headliner, well tailored door panels, new carpeting and 5 new wide white tires. The era correct luggage and well appointed accessory pieces go with the sale. This is a no expense spared restoration on a rare Samba Bus.