1973 Wild Westerner 9-Seat Transporter Bus Price: $5350 sale pending
If you are looking for a "rolling" restoration project where the mechanicals (engine, brakes, tires, doors, suspension, and steering) are all in working order, this bus is for you!
All this needs is upholstery, body, and paint.
General notes on condition
• Jelly Bean is a mostly original 1973 Volkswagen 9-seat Station Wagon (aka Transporter). This one is special in that it sports the "Wild Westerner" appearance group. Until I rescued it, Jelly Bean had parked in the same spot for at least the last 10 years (verified with satellite imagery), and had suffered a bit of neglect. I am a VW bus hobbyist, and enjoy bringing a neglected bus back into service. I have spent a good deal of time and treasure restoring Jelly Bean back to running condition, and have sourced the more hard-to-find parts for a full restoration of this rare bus. According to the registry and the "Wild Westerner Club" thread (https://www.thesamba.com/vw/forum/viewtopic.php?t=527392) on The Samba, only 3 of these are known to exist.
• The bus is powered by its original CB 1.8-L dual carbureted engine, with the original Solex carburetors rebuilt by Volzbitz. All the glass except the windshield is intact, and the original engine, radio, front seats, and interior panels are present. Matching 3-passenger middle and rear seats have been added, complete with seat belts and mounting hardware and a full set of nine headrests.
• Let's face it, though, Jelly Bean needs some body work. First off, it seems to have got punched in the nose, though the tear is conveniently right along the row of spot welds at the bottom of the nose skin. The air distribution box inside is pushed in just a bit, but is essentially intact. The nose will need to be replaced, or the attention of a good metal bumping.
• Jelly Bean also needs the grace of a welder's art. Localized rust has taken hold in most of the rockers, jack points, and wheel skirts. Most of this will need to be replaced, though good replacement panels exist, thanks to Klassic Fab and A H Schofield.
• All seats and head rests need to be reupholstered. This would originally have been a black basketweave vinyl (per the M-codes for the WW appearance group), and while I think this original material would look sharp, I leave the choice of upholstery to the next owner. Black vinyl can be hot in the sun. The Westfalia blue/green plaid would not seem out of place in the Wild Westerner!
Running, rolling, reliable bus (except for the rotten jack points)
Original Type IV 1800-cc CB engine runs strong, with the original dual Solex carburetors
Original tool kit
5 new tires (Hankook RA08 185-R14C) on powdercoated rims
Original Sapphire radio present
All Hella turn signal lenses
Solid steering and handling
All glass intact except windshield
9 seats! 9 head rests!
Original front door ducts / arm rests in good shape
Original mechanical fuel pump works well
For more photos and information on this bus, visit http://vw.tauxe.net/jellybean
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