say hello to my ‘new’ 1964 VW original paint bus!

back to basics as a new unwelded, original paint VW adventure begins…

Exciting times ahead as I ventured out on a grey, blustery and rainy day and headed off to the train station to get myself a one way ticket out to a small village in Kent. Not the most inspiring or auspicious start to a day, but this was the day I was finally going to collect and drive back my ‘new’ vintage VW camper!

Having spent a lot of time and effort getting my previous 1965 Canterbury Pitt camper set up the way I wanted it, now it is time to go back to basics all over again with this unwelded and mostly original paint ‘patina’ bus. You can paint a vintage VW bus hundreds of times, but you can only get originality once!

say hello to my ‘new’ 1964 VW original paint bus!
say hello to my ‘new’ 1964 VW original paint bus!

By unlocking the VW buses m-code plate I found out it was an early 1964 eight seater microbus, produced on October 11th 1963 (which makes it a 1964 model year as from 1957, the Volkswagen model years changed in August).

Colour upper part : L472 – Beige Grey
Color lower part : L53 – Sealing Wax Red

Interestingly the bus was originally picked up by first owner at the factory in Germany, and was meant for the US-market. Back in the day, Volkswagen had a Tourist Delivery Program where customers could buy a vehicle and pick it up direct from the factory. This often meant that US Army service personnel or tourists could make a small payment (in the 1960’s it was $10) that entitled them to have the VW they had bought shipped back to the United States at Volkswagens convenience on one of their factory transport ships!

great rust free, solid and unwelded structure underneath
great rust free, solid and unwelded structure underneath

Underneath the bus is exceptionally dry, rust free and in amazingly solid condition for something that has never in its life been welded! In the US it was previously owned by a VW mechanic for 23 years, so it’s been in good hands for a long period of time, and it shows, it really has been well looked after during it’s lifetime!

rust free, original paint L53 – Sealing Wax Red wheel arches
rust free, original paint L53 – Sealing Wax Red wheel arches

Dry and rust free, original paint L53 Sealing Wax Red front wheel arches…

original paint L53 – Sealing Wax Red wheel arches still with factory seam sealer!
original paint L53 – Sealing Wax Red wheel arches still with factory seam sealer!

…that will with a little effort clean up nicely to show off the aged beauty of the original paint and the regional factory finish seam sealer still in place!

rust free, original paint L53 – Sealing Wax Red engine bay
rust free, original paint L53 – Sealing Wax Red engine bay

Even the engine bay shows off its original paint with pride, a remarkable testimony to just how well this bus has survived the tests of time! Looks like there will be some new exciting adventures ahead once again!

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