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1965 VW Bus, 13 Window Deluxe

Sep 10, 2012

1965 VW Bus, 13 Window Deluxe

Authentic 1965 VW Bus 13 Window Deluxe: A Californian Gem


Discover the epitome of vintage charm with the 1965 VW Bus 13 Window Deluxe, a true Southern California treasure. Originally imported from Germany to New York in January 1965, this iconic micro bus found its way to the sunny shores of California, where it underwent a meticulous restoration, preserving its authenticity and character.

Highlighted by its vibrant Castelian Yellow-Texas Brown color combination, this deluxe model boasts a walk-through design, making it both stylish and functional. Powered by a robust 1600cc single-port air-cooled engine, every drive promises reliability and exhilaration.

Year 1965
Type T1C
Model 13 Window Deluxe, Walk-through
Color Castelian Yellow - Texas Brown
Engine 1600cc Single port Air Cooled
Assembly Line Germany
Condition Excellent

2011-2012 Restoration Details:
This is an original California VW Bus. I purchased from the previous owner in early 2011 when he realized
that he could not afford the time and money to complete the restoration. At the time, he had just begun the
process to disassemble. I hauled it down to San Diego (pieces and parts) and began the year long process to complete the restoration. This is the 7th bus I've restored over the years, so no rookie mistakes. That said, this bus was NOT restored with intention of being a perfect show car. That is, there is no troublesome rust left anywhere on the under side, but there is a couple small spots still present underneath/inside the front apron. Its very hard to even find it, and its nothing that needs any attention. I just don't want to mis-lead anyone.
The entire undercarriage has been treated and coated with rust resistant POR 15 as well. There is ZERO rust anywhere top side and ZERO in the floors.

Complete body overhaul
  • Brought down to bare metal all around, primed, block sanded, and painted by Jim Colwell of San Diego using the highest grade Sherwin Auto paints inside and out.
  • (Jim painted for Ferrari and BMW racing before opening his own shop in San Diego, CA)
  • Complete undercarriage coating by Lizard Motorsports, Los Angeles, CA.
  • Bumpers completely restored and Chromed.
  • Interior, door jams, and engine compartment all painted while bus was disassembled.
  • ORIGINAL German aluminum deluxe body molding (very rare) with red insert.
  • German parts used for new lights and signals

  • This bus is a Deluxe Model -Walk Thru front seats, with back AND MIDDLE seat included. Middle from 68 and re-worked to match as close as possible to 65.
    (hard to find with all seats present, particularly the middle bench)
  • Seats have all been restored with new VW horsehair pads
  • New seat upholstery (with original TMI VW vinyls)
  • New VW headliner (pro-installed - CORRECTLY)
  • New Deluxe model VW panels all the way around
  • New TMI VW visors
  • New Coco Mat up front
  • Zero rust anywhere inside.
  • Restored ORIGINAL steering wheel with working horn
  • Original Deluxe Model clock (only in deluxe models and rare)
  • Original radio delete plate (left in original patina) (hard to find)
  • Brand new spare tire on refinished/powder coated original VW rim
  • All new Electrical (new wiring through out entire bus)
  • New German VW Chrome buckle seatbelts throughout entire bus
  • Original Deluxe Model interior window "Jail Bars"
  • All side windows are "pop out" with new chrome latches.
  • All new rubber molding throughout ENTIRE bus (windows, doors, engine, etc)
  • New German chromed front VW Emblem (not the cheaper Brazil or Mex version)

Mechanical & Electrical
NEW MOTOR with less than 500 miles, includes...
  • 1600 Single Port - RUNS PERFECT! Very Strong and perfectly matched to new transmission!
  • New Heads and gaskets
  • New Push Rods
  • New intake boots
  • Rebuilt heater boxes
  • New Chrome pullys
  • New Accelerator tube
  • New belts
  • New Alternator (12V) and alt stand
  • Oil Pump and cooler seals
  • 9 piece complete Engine Chrome Kit
  • New KYB rear shocks
  • Complete re-build carb
  • New plugs, wires, points, dist cap, rotor, valve adj.
  • Big Nut Core and R/R Motor Transmission (complete rebuild with 1 year warranty)
  • New spring plates
  • New swing lever kit
  • Rebuild shifter box and shifter
  • New Drag link
  • Complete New Rebuild Steering Box
  • New accelerator cable and linkages
  • New ignition switch
  • New Steering Dampner
  • New turn signal assembly
  • All new Electrical (new wiring through out entire bus)
  • New wiper motor and assembly (windshield wipers WORK- also very rare)
  • New white wall tires (less than 500 miles) (not shown in some of the pictures)
  • New chrome VW hubs on og VW rims
  • All original door handles and latches - refinished. -WORKING KEYS!!!
  • New rear view and side mirrors.

Call or email if you have any questions. All the pictures can be seen at the following link...
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I'll assist with shipping, if necessary. Not cost, just coordinating pick up/ drop off - that sort of thing. I have shipped overseas (the last bus I sold). I'm willing to do it again, but obviously we'd have to discuss funds transfer, etc. beforehand. The last overseas went to England, and it shipped out of Long Beach port. For domestic, I have a couple car shippers that I can recommend if you need one. That said, this bus is VERY road worthy - but long haul travel in a 65 bus can be quite the adventure!

I'm willing to negotiate with serious buyers. Next to the 21/23 window, this is the next best model that VW ever made. Please don't just send me some random low-ball offer. This is an extremely nice bus and isn't far from being perfect.

Thanks for looking,

The restoration journey, meticulously documented, reveals a labor of love and dedication. From the comprehensive body overhaul, expertly executed by Jim Colwell of San Diego, to the interior's Deluxe Model features, no detail has been overlooked. Original German aluminum deluxe body molding, rare Deluxe Model interior window "Jail Bars," and carefully restored seating epitomize the commitment to authenticity.

Mechanically, this VW Bus shines, with a new motor boasting less than 500 miles and a host of meticulously replaced components ensuring peak performance and reliability. From the engine bay to the undercarriage, rust is a thing of the past, thanks to thorough treatments and coatings.

Beyond its impeccable condition, this VW Bus offers practicality and convenience, with modern upgrades seamlessly integrated for enhanced comfort and safety. New electrical wiring, German VW chrome buckle seat belts, and a rebuilt steering box exemplify the fusion of classic charm and modern reliability.

For enthusiasts seeking the quintessential California cruising experience, this 1965 VW Bus 13 Window Deluxe is a rare find. With its rich history, meticulous restoration, and road-ready performance, it stands as a testament to the timeless allure of vintage Volkswagen craftsmanship. Contact us today to embark on your next adventure behind the wheel of this exceptional piece of automotive history.
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