When I first saw my bus, I fell in love with its simple originality and the fact it had not been messed about with… that plus its patina perfection! 🙂 However it was a bit of a harder sell to my wife who questioned my crazy logic of buying a camper without a camper interior in it! However, with this blank canvas of an interior (space!) I had a cunning plan to try to find an original interior (hens teeth, really hard to find!) or some kind of reproduction interior to put in the back.
I narrowly missed out on getting a super rare original SO33 Westfalia Mosaik interior 🙁 and had even thought about adapting an Early Bay Westfalia interior to fit? Then an opportunity came up to get a cool reproduction copy of a UK Devon interior. Unfortunately a week before we were due to collect it, the factory suffered a fire and it looks like that put paid to this as being the dream interior for our bus! 🙁
At this point we weren’t sure what we wanted to do. However cool the bus was, I had promised to make it into a usable camper for us, and a bus without an interior wasn’t going to cut it! Then on one of my online searches for an alternative interior, I came across someone selling an upholstered full width rock an roll Westfalia style bed and rear cushion for a bargain price!
I got in contact straight away and a deal was struck and off I drove to go and collect it. Really nice guy selling it. He was removing it from his ’64 panel van as he was about to put a brand new interior in his bus and just wanted it to go to a good home. Great drive out to his village to collect it, you know your place has arrived when there’s an Aston Martin, Bentley and a Lamborghini dealership in it!
At this stage it might just be a temporary solution to make the bus usable for us, or it could be the basis for building our own longer term interior? Not sure at this stage, but at least we would have some where to sleep in the bus now! 🙂