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Given that the Bay Window Camper Van is the most popular, we’ll look at those first. Vw Camper Vans for Sale As i’m sure you’re already aware, the Bay Window was produced from 1967 – 1979. Volkswagen developed these following on from the success of the Split Screen. However, they did change a lot through those years; – from exterior to interior design, engine sizing and the addition of some ‘Mod Cons’! UK based companies, such as Devon, Dormobile, Viking and Danbury, all produced their own models. VW mass exported the Westfalia model ( A German based company, and the only officially licensed convertor by VW ) into the USA, which is why our Option Programme Campers are examples of such. So, as the years progressed, so did the Camper Vans. Depending on what your intended use is, whether it be a retreat for Mum and Dad, a Business venture, or used as a family vehicle, you may want to consider which of the following years would suit you best.
Model Years 1967 – 1970 Pictured is Option One Vw Camper Vans for Sale ‘Georgia’. More HERE.
This was the first ‘Early Bay’ model and much loved by enthusiasts. It followed the Split Screens, and retained some of its features such as the small rear Brake Light clusters and Reversing lights. It was designed with lower Front Indicators just above the bumper. Those being ‘wrap around’ – front and rear. Braking system was also similar, with Drum Brakes all round. However, all USA Camper Vans came with ‘Servo Assisted’ brakes which meant for a better and more powerful system. During these model years, Westfalia fitted the ‘Front Hinged’ pop top roof and rear luggage rack. Roof Beds can be retro fitted to these models as they weren’t standard until 1972. They were fitted with the traditional and much loved 1600 Engine, which required less cooling, so had the ‘Half Moon’ Air intakes. The interior is similar to that of later models, but were fitted with smaller backed front seats without headrests, both of which remaining in the fixed position. Swivel seats can be retro fitted, but also require additional Bodywork to remove the Bulkheads immediately behind the front seats.
Model Years 1970 – 1971 : These model years retained all of the 1967-1970 attributes, but now came standard with Disc brakes and a Dual circuit Master Cylinder, which followed throughout the years.
Model Years 1972 : To date we are still to produce a ‘Crossover’ or ‘Changeover’ Campervan. However they do exist so its apt to mention them. This model was a one year only, with VW incorporating attributes of both ‘Early’ and ‘Late’ style Camper vans. The Front Indicators were on the lower half of the front panel, above the bumper, with larger rear Brake Light clusters. They retained the ‘Wrap Round’ Bumpers, but also facilitated a larger space for the engine, so 1700 and 1800 engines were standard. As such they incorporated the larger Air Intakes. On Pop Top versions they still had the Front Hinged roof and Rear Roof Rack.
Model Years 1973 – 1979 Pictured is Option One Vw Camper Vans for Sale ‘Monty’. More HERE…
We feel that these ‘Late Bay’ models are best placed with the family in mind. As the year went on VW realised that more and more people were using their Campervans for family travelling and for greater distances. As such, this meant 1700, 1800 and 2000 Engine versions were available. The latter also having a better geared gearbox to enable faster motorway speeds. They also changed the Pop Top itself. Making it rear hinged, it enabled for a greater opening space, and bigger Roof Bed which came as standard. These models also saw the Front Indicators move up to the Fresh Air Grill, with the larger Rear Brake Light clusters to the rear. Front and Rear Bumpers became square, without being ‘wrap rounds’. A nice interior improvement were the larger ‘Captain’ front seats, with a swivel passenger seat. ( However they did drop the Swivel Seat as standard in the late 70’s. )
All information listed should be treated as a guide. Vw Campervans are synonymous for being modified or adapted along the way by their owners, and have a 40 year history!
Pictured here is Option Three Vw Camper Vans for Sale ‘Pearl’. More HERE…
SO, all that said, Volkswagen didn’t produce Campervans! Yep, they produced Microbuses.. They left it up to the retrospective companies to carry out the conversions we all know today. That said, each of these did carry out Tin Top conversions too. As can be seen here with Pearl, the interiors came with Bench Seats to carry passengers, and are still widely used in South Africa and Brazil as Taxis! All being Tin Tops, it may be that this model suits you best if looking for a Business venture, such as Wedding Hire. The appearence is still synonymous to the year chosen, but we can cater to all requests. For example, David, our Upholsterer has done a fabulous job here which was out-with of our normal build specifications.