With more than 21 million sold worldwide, the Volkswagen Type 1 (or “Beetle,” as it was nicknamed soon after its debut in 1939) became the best-selling car of all time. Production started in Germany before the end of 1945, with worldwide exports beginning in the early 1950s. Volkswagen would continue to refine their car and develop variations of the original, but they would also share components throughout their models in order to increase production efficiency and profitability. One of those variants, the iconic Volkswagen Transporter, first arrived in America in 1949. Competition was non-existent, and it used standard Beetle components making it familiar and easy to maintain.
The Micro Bus was powered by a 1,500-cubic-centimeter, overhead-valve, horizontally opposed four-cylinder engine that could produce an adequate 40 horsepower. It rode on a 94.5-inch wheelbase, was suspended by a semi-elliptic leaf-spring suspension with shocks and coil springs, and had four-wheel drum brakes. The rarest variant, the 21-Window Micro Bus, is in many ways considered the ultimate example. It was delivered new to Rome, Italy, and it still wears its original Rome license plate, 822241, which was first registered on April 1, 1965. This example is finished in a two-tone color scheme of red and white, and the interior is finished in matching red and white vinyl with red carpeting.
This 1965 Volkswagen 21-Window Deluxe Micro Bus will be auctioned on September 8, click here for more information.